Yorba Regional Park: Yorba Linda by Location, But in Anaheim by Address

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Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim is massive, just like most OC regional parks.  Consult the official OCParks.com page for Yorba Park for up-to-date details on every part of the park.  I was completely surprised to learn this park is in Anaheim. It felt like I was in Yorba Linda.

PLAY AREAS NEAR PARKING LOT 3

Location: Turns out Anaheim/Yorba Linda isn’t so far from Irvine when you take the 241 Tollroad shortcut. It only took us 15 minutes to hit the 91. Go back toward the ocean (west/left) and take one of the first exits onto Yorba Linda Blvd. Turn right from the off-ramp. Get in the left lane, because the left on La Palma comes up quick. Turn left on La Palma. Turn left into the parking lot where you see the Park Ranger kiosk.  MAP to Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim

Recommended by: Lisa (her comments in italics)

Highlights:

  • The BEST park I’ve seen for family bike rides.  It’s flat and it’s BIG. Plus it connects up with a larger trail system which leads to the ocean.You can download the bikeways map available for free from OCTA here.
  • Striking beauty of lakes connected by a series of bridges — many have short fishing piers stretching out over the water. Multiple ponds and a few larger lakes interconnected by streams full of fish and ducks and geese. Plenty of bridges going over the streams and a large one that bisects the largest lake. My toddler loves running across the bridges over and over.
  • Forested areas for pretend adventures and nature play. Back in the southwest corner of the park there are lots of large trees fairly close together – it really feels like you’re in the middle of the forest (except for the hum of the 91 freeway in the background).
  • Paved paths for bikes, fitness walks, and leisurely strolls.  The park is over a mile long, so you can spend a good morning or afternoon with a toddler strolling all around and exploring all the playgrounds (there are six different ones!) There’s a sign/map for “Yorba Regional Park 5K Trail” back near the bike path, natural garden and ball park.
  • Don’t forget the fishing! There were lots of people fishing at the park. State fishing license required if you’re over 16.

YORBA REGIONAL PARK PLAYGROUND SLIDESHOW:

  • Playground nearest to Parking Lot 3 (1st playground in the slideshow above): Best for toddlers, only a few areas where they can fall.  My tall 8yo kept hitting his head on the equipment.
  • Playground past the volleyball court: For bigger kids, since there’s more to do here. Loved the fish-shaped ladder. Picnic area right off playground.

Be Aware:

  • This park can be very busy on holiday weekends.
  • I’ve noticed that in the afternoons on the weekends, there tend to be larger, rowdier kids playing on the equipment. I tend to either try and steer my toddler away from the larger play areas, or I just follow him up to the higher slides at these times.
  • The Santa Ana River runs the length of the south side of the park. It’s pretty far removed from most of the paths and the playgrounds, but it is there. If you end up at the back of the park past the horseback riding and biking trails, there isn’t really anything keeping you from going right up to the edge.
  • Pretty sure I saw a few small spots of poison oak in some of the off-path areas (just like everywhere in Southern California). Just keep your eyes out.
  • Obviously, lots of water. So make sure you have your eyes on little non-swimmers in case they toddle off.

Checklist:

  • Dedicated parking lot, but you must pay the OCParks fee of $3 weekdays, $5 weekends, and $7-$10 on major holidays. Or I’d highly recommend getting an Annual Pass ($80 for the year).
  • The two playgrounds near Parking 3 both have recycled rubber play surfaces (no bark, no sand). Lots of lawn and paved paths.
  • Lots of alcoves with benches for relaxing and watching the sights.
  • Nice bathrooms all over the place.
  • A snack shop and bike rental vendor located at the parking lot right before Parking Lot 3.
  • Tons of picnic tables with grills and picnic shelters available by reservation.  OCParks.com has a great online reservation system with photos. Here’s the picnic shelter link specifically for Yorba Regional Park.
  • “Yorba Park” operation featured in the Nature Scene Investigator (NSI) Guidebook

Yorba Regional Park

Comments

  1. Mike says

    There are bike rentals at the park on the weekends. They even have those 4-wheel bikes that hold 4 people and have canopies.

    Their are 2 horse shoe pits that I know of. You can fish if you have a CA fishing license. It is more for relaxing than putting food on the table. But, I have seen people real in fish.

    A couple of drinking fountains even have built in dog bowls. Lots of doggie poop bag stations. Please use them! I like walking there.

    Remember, Annual Passes are half price for us old geezers (who are still young at heart).

    If you are riding the Santa Ana River Bed Trail, this is a nice stop. It is also a great starting point to go to the ocean after you park your car (allow all day). You can also ride to Corona from here. A day trip to downtown Corona and coffee and/or lunch is a fun shorter trip.

    Huge map in the back-right area by the baseball fields. It shows the official 5K walk. Bring pencil and paper to write it down.

  2. Annie says

    Is there bike rentals near the yorba park? I am coming from out of town and my friends would like ride bikes unfortunately I don’t want drive 6 hours one way to bring my bike for the weekend.

  3. Lee says

    Especially nice park on a weekday. Please don’t feed bread (or other simple carbohydrates like chips, crackers, popcorn) to ducks or other fowl. It is unhealthy for them. Do a Google search if you don’t believe me. Best is to let them forage for themselves, but if you must feed them then use bird seed, duck pellets from an animal feed store, peas, grapes cut in half, etc.

  4. deidre says

    can you feed the ducks at this park? I have a 2 and a 4 year old and really want to take them to feed ducks but cant seem to find a park that actually allows you to do that. im from central cali and moved down here a few years ago and was surprised I couldnt find a park like that…up north pretty much any park that has ducks/geese, allows you to feed them bread crumbs.

  5. Christine N. says

    You can park for free if you don’t mind a walk – either in the neighborhoods across the street or at the very last left turn by the baseball fields. There are more playgrounds than the ones you mentioned too. We had a bicycling birthday party for my daughter there, and it was a great location for it.

  6. Noeli says

    Have family coming over and thinking of doing a reunion a the park alot of them are fishers. Would like to know when you will be adding fish in the water to make it around that time. I know you need a license and they have them thats why i choose this park because its beautiful and the lakes to fish.

  7. Lisa says

    It sure made me laugh when I realized I had just recommended a park that you were currently at! I look forward to more posts from you about Yorba, as I’m sure you’ll discover things I didn’t even know about.

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