Connecting with Nature in North County: 3 Spots to Visit


We wholeheartedly love being San Diegans. Just one of the reasons behind that is the plethora of outdoor activities the North County areas has to offer. Even throughout the winter months, San Diego’s temperate conditions allow us to take advantage of the outdoors. There are three places in particular that we really love and want to showcase: Batiquitos Lagoon, Elfin Forest Reserve and the San Elijo Lagoon.

Batiquitos Lagoon
It is one of the few remaining tidal wetlands in Southern California – Batiquitos Lagoon is a nature reserve and designated Marine Protected area in Carlsbad. The kind volunteers of the nonprofit Batiquitos Foundation maintain the land. The lagoon is 610 acres and receives water from both the Pacific Ocean and local rivers.

It’s open to the public daily and offers beautiful walking trails, community events and fishing (with a permit). The walking trails are approximately 2 miles, making it a great way to spend a weekend afternoon or early morning with family or friends.

Elfin Forest Reserve
This is one of San Diego’s most important natural resources! The reserve is host to picnic areas, scenic view points of Olivenhain Dam, hundreds of native wildlife species, as well as 11 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails,. The reserve is 784 acres and is a critical resource in unifying San Diego’s water supply development, natural resources management, and recreational opportunities. The Olivenhain Municipal Water District currently operates the Elfin Forest Reserve.

Guided group tours and student exploration programs are available year round — the reserve is open for visitors every day except December 25. Since opening in 1992, this has been one of our favorite places in San Diego. There’s something for everyone here whether you want to hike, bike, walk, run, take photos, explore or learn about the reserve.

The San Elijo Lagoon
San Elijo Lagoon takes up nearly 1,000 acres of North County San Diego in the Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Rancho Santa Fe Neighborhoods. It’s operated by a nonprofit organization called the San Elijo lagoon CONSERVANCY. Their mission is to “protect and restore the resources of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, its watershed, and related ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.”

The Lagoon is also home the Harbaugh Seaside Trails, a 3-acre coastal overlook at the gateway between Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Solana Beach. Plans are currently underway to create trails, a viewing deck, and a welcome area with commemorative tiles. There are more than 700 species of plants and animals to explore, many rare and endangered. We’re sure you’ll love the time you spend here.

If you found this blog helpful, you may want to check out our post “10 Facts You May Not Know About Oceanside.”

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