O’Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
(949)923-2260 or (949)923-2256
O’Neill Regional Park‘s 4,000 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 is open for day use year round from 7 am to sunset. Barbecues and picnic tables are available throughout the park.
Camping is also year round with a check-in time of 2 pm and check out at noon. Seventy nine campsites of varying sizes accommodate parties up to eight in RVs and tents. Eight large campsites are available for parties of 17 or more.
Dogs are welcome at O’Neill but must be on a leash at all times and directly under the control of a human. The only trail they are allowed on is Mesa Trail. In case you are wondering why they aren’t allowed everywhere, the park brochure says “when marking their territory, dogs signal the native animals that there’s a predator in the area, which affects feeding and even breeding patterns.”
Harmon Equestrian Camping
Equestrian site #1 is the largest. It has seven corrals and can accommodate several vehicles. This past weekend, there were three rigs with trailers and a couple of RVs in this site. The restroom with showers – and HOT water! – is right next to this site but it’s not far from any of the equestrian sites. The restrooms are solar powered and there is no electricity for your hairdryer. Sorry, Nancy!
Site #2 has the least amount of shade of all the sites. With the heat of summer coming on, I was especially focused on the amount of shade each site has. If you are looking for a shady site, choose #3. It is almost completely in the shade of large trees. Otherwise, an easy up or two is highly recommended for hot days in the other sites.
Sites 3, 4 and 5 are the closest together. Site #4 is my personal favorite and the site we stayed in this past weekend. Sadly, the tree in the middle of this site that shades the table and stalls during part of the day is loaded with mistletoe and is dying. We were lucky to have perfect mid 70° weather so the lack of shade was not an issue.
There are two clean porta-potties directly across the road from sites 3 and 4. And, as mentioned, the restroom and showers are just a short walk away.
If your horse needs some turnout time before a trail ride, there are two round pens just across the road from site #5. There’s also a public arena if you want to do some arena work. Check out our previous post on O’Neill Regional Park to see some photos of these amenities.
There are more than 23 miles of multi-use trails in O’Neill. One of our favorite rides is up Live Oak Trail to the Vista Point. We have never done it, but if you continue down Live Oak Trail past the vista point, it will take you to Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.
We campers usually make our lists and check them at least twice, but there’s still the chance of forgetting something or just thinking of something you wish you had. One of the great things about O’Neill is that it is just 10 minutes away from some major shopping in Rancho Santa Margarita.
We love O’Neill Regional Park and highly recommend it.