Parks and Wilderness Areas

The Fifth District is blessed with a remarkable landscape, rich in manmade wonders and natural resources including our majestic mountains, idyllic wilderness areas, picturesque parks, serene coastal hills & canyons, beautiful beaches and legendary historical sites. The Fifth District is also the second largest Orange County District in total area – covering 276 square miles. Being so large, the District has a very fascinating make up. In addition to being abundantly rich in natural history, it is home to 28 miles of exquisite coastline, over 35 square miles of County Parks, and over 46 square miles of National Forest, providing visitors and residents alike all manner of outdoor recreation as well as rare opportunities to commune with nature.

The County’s Harbors, Beaches and Parks Division operates regional recreational facilities and manages historical and natural resources. The County’s parkland and open space includes regional and wilderness parks, nature preserves and recreational trails, historical sites, and harbors and beaches. For information about County, State or National Parks in the Fifth District, please click the designated link below:

Orange County Coastal Parks in the Fifth District include Aliso Beach, Capistrano Beach,OC Sailing and Events Center, and Salt Creek Beach.

Orange County Wilderness Parks in the Fifth District include Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, and Limestone Canyons & Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.

Orange County Regional Parks in the Fifth District include the Arroyo Trabuco addition to O'Neill Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and O'Neill Regional Park.

The Fifth District is also proud home to Heritage Hill Historical Park.

State Parks in the Fifth District include Crystal Cove State Park, Doheny State Beach, and San Clemente State Beach.

Flanking the Fifth District’s eastern border, Cleveland National Forest is the southern-most National Forest in California.