Lake Forest attracts tourists from all over the world, and residents have fallen in love with the city for years. From its location in the heart of southern Orange County and the breathtaking Saddleback Valley to the 27 public parks, it’s not hard to see why so many people visit Lake Forest. 

But with so many to choose from, you may have trouble finding the perfect park for you, so let’s take a look at two of the biggest parks Lake Forest has to offer.

Heritage Hill Historical Park

Covering 4.1 acres, Heritage Hill Historical Park allows those who visit to take a step back in time to experience a little bit of the area's history. Featured in the park are four restored and furnished historical buildings: El Toro Grammar School, Serrano Adobe, St. George Episcopal Church (last remaining building of the English colony that occupied El Toro), and the Bennett Ranch House. You can take guided tours through the buildings for interpretations of the area's history through collected artifacts, people who occupied the towns, and events that occurred there.

Heritage Hill Historical Park also provides private party areas in two locations: the historic St. George’s Episcopal Mission and the Victorian Arbor, making it perfect for weddings and receptions.

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Ten minutes from Lake Forest is Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. About 2,500 acres of this park is filled with lovely views and amazing natural scenery, as it's home to Red Rock Canyon and the Aliso, Borrego, and Serrano creeks. Also throughout the park, visitors can see the remnants of the days of cattle ranching there.

In total there are 17 miles of graded roads and 23 trails for hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. Hikers can also enjoy the Red Canyon and Billy Goat trails. In addition, the park connects to other Orange County Parks Regional Trails system, such as the Edison Riding and Hiking Trail and the Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail.

Equestrians can enjoy nearly all of the trails in the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Plus, with tons of scenic areas, you and your horse can take a break to catch your breath and enjoy the views.

When you do decide to visit this park, be sure to keep your eyes out for wildlife from snakes to deer to red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks.

In addition, for those who aren’t interested in the trails, there are tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts; picnic areas; swimming areas; and so much more.

From the scenery and history of these two parks alone, it’s easy to see why natives and tourists everywhere love Lake Forest.  

After a nice adventure of hiking through these parks, end your day by walking into Norm Reeves Volkswagen in Irvine, CA. We have the 2015 Volkswagen models ready for a test drive! We hope to see you soon!