O'Neill Regional Park's 4,500 acres are situated in beautiful Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons. The park is heavily wooded with coast live oak and sycamore trees. The hillsides surrounding the park are filled with cactus, wild buckwheat, sagebrush and chaparral of scrub oak, buckthorn and mountain mahogany. Trabuco and Hickey Creeks also meander through the park, flowing in winter and early spring, dry in summer and fall.
The park serves both as an overnight camping and day use/picnic facility.
Picnic areas vary in size and are available on a first come, first served basis or by reservation. Barbeques and picnic tables are available throughout the park. Call the park for more information.
More than 23 miles of scenic trails can be explored by foot, bicycle or horseback. Other day use activities include horseshoe pits, two large community turf areas and a children’s playground.
The Arroyo campground offers 79 campsites varying in size to accommodate RVs or tent camping for up to eight people per site. Reservations for individual sites can be made online, by phone or in person. The park offers eight large group campsites for parties of 17 or more and five equestrian campsites, each equipped with horse corrals, barbeques and fire pits. Reservations for groups of 17 or more can be made by calling the park office at (949) 923-2260.
OC Parks is initiating a new firewood policy designed to reduce the risk of damaging Orange County’s oak and sycamore woodlands and other trees from invasive pests.
Effective today, visitors to OC Parks’ two camping parks, Caspers Wilderness Park and O’Neill Regional Park, may no longer bring or burn outside firewood, unless it is commercially produced, heat treated and labeled “Pest Free” or “Safe to Move.” This is due to highly invasive and destructive non-native insects that could travel in firewood and decimate local tree populations.
Trails have reopened following last week's storms with some restrictions, as follows:
Eagle Grove and Vedanta Wilderness Area: Open - Live Oak Trail/Vista / Hoffman Homestead / Coyote Trail / Pawfoot Trail
Arroyo Trabuco Trail: Partial Opening– All Trabuco Creek crossings remain closed due to flowing water. Do not attempt to cross swift moving water. Open areas include Aventura gate to Arroyo Vista / Rancho Santa Margarita Bridge to O’Neill Park / Oso Parkway to Crown Valley Bridge
Tijeras Creek Trail and Chiquita Ridge: Open- Some pooled water remains and there is mud in shaded areas
Significant traffic on unauthorized trails has caused damage in the Ladera Ridge (Las Flores) area of the park. This area is closed, and in the interest of protecting the valuable natural resources found on both County and the Rancho Mission Viejo Reserve, measures will be taken to prevent further destruction.
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