While most people associate Orange County with palm trees as far as the eye can see. But guess what, there are plenty of deciduous trees around (hello, it’s Orange County), so we will get to participate in the great fall tradition of leaf watching! The yellows, oranges, and reds of Autumn are one of the many reasons it is a lot of peoples’ favorite season.
The mornings are crisp, the holidays are just around the corner, and of course, pumpkin spice everything! But it’s the leaves that give Autumn its unofficial name: Fall. Soon they will do just that and the naked trees of winter will scratch at the horizon. But for now, let’s enjoy the vibrant colors while they are still around. Here are the best places for leaf watching in Orange County.
Irvine Regional Park
This wide-open park has plenty of activities to keep you busy while you’re checking out the golden canopies of the yellowing leaves. Until October 31st, the Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park will offer fun and laughs for all, with hayrides, face painting, and more. After the 31st, the park will still have plenty to do. Take a tour on the Irvine Park Railroad and explore the views of the falling leaves at the base of the Santa Ana Mountains. Or take a bike ride along the many paths and hear the crunch of the crispy leaves along the way. There are also plenty of picnic areas to bring a lunch and enjoy a meal outdoors.
William R. Mason Park
The big draw of Mason Park is the massive lake that reflects the yellowish hues of the leaves as you stroll around. The Sycamore trees go from yellow to a deep crimson as the Autumn rolls along. And the long branches of the willows emit a soft rustling sound as the breeze catches them. It’s a peaceful way to enjoy the colors of October and November.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Open skies, winding trails, a view of the coast. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is a nature lover’s dream. and during the fall, the colors will take your breath away. Whether on foot, on a bike, or even on horseback, this park will have somewhere new to explore every time you go. With over 7,000 acres of woodlands, your fall leaf watching won’t be complete until you visit.
Take a walk through one of these Orange County parks and enjoy the colors of Fall. And be sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook and Instagram. And follow our blog here for more treats around Irvine!