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Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

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Address: 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-3310
Phone Number: +1 949-923-2290
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Hike a preserved "wilderness"!

There are many hiking and walking options in this consciously preserved land. There's even a 12-1/2 mile loop for the day-biker. At times it's so quiet all you hear are birds... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
kathleenm430
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Laguna Niguel, California
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Laguna Niguel, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many hiking and walking options in this consciously preserved land. There's even a 12-1/2 mile loop for the day-biker. At times it's so quiet all you hear are birds and insects. You'd never know how close to city life you are. A great place to reconnect with yourself. One important note -- ONLY SERVICE ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED. Do... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The center has very interesting displays on the local wildlife and plant life of the Upper Newport Bay, including a small aquarium with local fish and other sea life and many taxidermically preserved animals and birds. A short video on Upper Newport Bay can be seen "on demand" in a dedicated viewing room, and it is very interesting and extremely... More 

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Thank BalboaIslandTraveler
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The visitor's center was excellent. Stop by there first before walking. We walked west along the upper edge and then down through a small wooded area and came back along the water's edge. Very enjoyable.

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Thank Ruth F
Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Both paved and dirt paths. I did ride this route with one small section through the neighborhood, and that was nice as well. Nice views all the way around the bay

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Thank mRa091901
Aliso Viejo, California
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409 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Great paths for walking, biking, and hiking. Beautiful views of the Newport bay leading all the way down to the ocean.

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Thank CaribbeanFan79
Fair Haven, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

The Nature Center has a small environmental center which provides a useful orientation to what you may see along the miles of well-kept trails. You may spot a coyote, as we did not, or an osprey feeding, as we observed for over an hour. A beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle of Newport Beach.

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Thank John H
Newport Beach, California
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I take my dog hiking here all the time. It is good mix of trails. I enjoy the feeling of being out in the open while seeing the view of the bay. There are coyotes so look out for them

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Thank Kathy L
Ennis, Republic of Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

A lovely walk close to some of America's most interesting seabirds and protected landscape. Highly recommended to de-mall yourself after shopping.

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New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Great place to walk on well maintained paths. There is also a nature conservancy museum with interesting details about the habitat. Recommend stopping in here first to enhance you walk the first time out.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Surrounded by high rises and freeways, this little gem of a park is a true oasis. Walking trails, nature viewing, interpretive signs all on the upper Newport Bay. A nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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