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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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This is a nice wetlands reserve in the middle of urban orange county.

We love the open space. You can hike the middle or the edges while visiting the Bolsa Chica state... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Huntington Beach, California
Watch the herons build their nests!

Nice place to walk and see wildlife. We stopped at the visitors center and the docent told us... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Entrance at Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the open space. You can hike the middle or the edges while visiting the Bolsa Chica state beach across the street. Lots of birds and wetland wildlife. We have taken our dog on lease but he prefers the nearby dog beach or bluff...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kimcsmiles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to walk and see wildlife. We stopped at the visitors center and the docent told us herons were currently nest building about .7 miles up the trail. What a fascinating experience to watch these huge birds build their nests in palm trees. An...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rageisman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I walk the reserve quite frequently and am rewarded each time. The trails are groomed with sand or rock, and are well kept. The wildlife is different each day and changes with the seasons. The bird watching is phenomenal. You may see Osprey, Owl, Red...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hbscubagirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with entire family. Great place to walk as far as you care to. In among the marshes and past beautiful homes overlooking the area and the Pacific in the distance.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Caroline M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Dogs are not allowed. Well kept, nice trails, places to sit and relax looking at the ocean or tide basin. Trails are marked with information. When you arrive go into the trailer and meet the friendly staff and get knowledge of the birds in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank janice g
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

this is a really cool place to go for a long walk. you can do the whole thing in about 2-3 hours depending on how fast you want to walk. Tons of animals to see and also a great place to go for a run.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Austin H
Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

Located between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Huntington Beach.. lies a reserve for marine life. It’s one of my favorite places to go to wind down from the hustle and bustle of city life. Parking is a pain in the weekends, but...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank CambodiaTravelsGuide
Reviewed January 6, 2019

We sought out a natural spot within the kind of urban/suburban sprawl of Anaheim where we were in an Airbnb for a week. For a 30 minute drive, at first we didn't know if it would be a good spot, it looked a bit industrial...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MaudraS
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

This is a world renowned site for birding, and a fun place for a walk any day. No dogs! You never know what you will see from the occasional otter to endangered Sea birds.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank raymondhiemstra
Reviewed November 26, 2018

This is a great spot to watch birds and fish as you walk all around the reserve. I highly suggest parking on Warner Av rather than PCH if possible. Both parking lots are free.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gr8fish2017
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Response from 569franb | Reviewed this property |
Not very busy, especially during the week. However on the weekends, it is more crowded especially with locals bird watching.