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Headlands Conservation Area Trail System

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Trail System

A public trail system, approximately three miles in length, links all of the conservation parks and public open space areas of the Headlands. The system includes pedestrian trails, coastal and beach access, scenic overlooks, and the Nature Interpretive Center. The trails maximize public coastal access and ocean view opportunities, while conserving the extremely rare resources on the Headlands. These trails implement the policies and guidelines of the Dana Point General Plan and the Local Coastal Plan and provide a comprehensive system that reinforces the relationship between the Headlands, the beaches, the Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. To view more information about any of the parks within this trail system, click the links below:


Trail and Park Hours

The parks and trails can be reached either off of Green Lantern or at Dana Strand Rd. (terminus of Selva Rd.), with limited parking available along these streets or at the Nature Interpretive Center parking lot.

The trails are open from 7 a.m. to SUNSET daily

Trail Closure Policy

In order to protect the sustainability of our trails and keep visitors from harm, all trails may be closed for up to 72 hours following a significant rain event.

Foot traffic during wet and muddy conditions can cause irreversible damage and erosion to the trail and surrounding vegetation.  The trails will remain closed until it is determined that the trails have dried enough to be safely reopened.

It is our goal to provide our residents with safe, enjoyable and quality access to the natural and recreational resources within the City of Dana Point while also practicing practical, sustainable and efficient methods to maintain our trails. 

 There are no pets allowed on the Headlands Trails.

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