Best Family Biking Trails in OC

Pump up the tires, fill your water bottles, grab your helmets and let’s hit the road! At The Kovacs Connection we know fall is the perfect time to spend with your family on two wheels. There are trails throughout OC for every athletic and skill level, but we’re concentrating on the best family biking trails! And if your wheels are in need of a tune-up, we’ve also given you some information on some of the best bike shops in OC.

Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park

This is a great trail if you’re thinking about a picnic mid-way. Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail runs 18 miles from Laguna Niguel to Whiting Ranch. You and your kids are on a trail off the road, so you’re not worrying about the traffic. The massive trees provide a ton of shade, which makes it perfect for when the kids need to stop and rest. The rest areas have historical information about OC as well.

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Santa Ana River Trail

This is a great trail if you are biking with younger kids. The Santa Ana River Trail stretches from Huntington Beach to Weir Canyon Road, and the trail is away from traffic and pretty level. Keeps down the “Mom, when are we going to stop?” conversations. Some added benefits are the parks that you will ride to along the way, where the family can chill for a bit and the kids take advantage of the added play time and nature centers

San Clemente Beach Trail

This trail has a bit of everything for your family. First of all, it’s gorgeous, with the trails running right along the coastline. It’s not too long, and it ends at the beach, so pack a picnic and make a day of it!

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

2301 University Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 923-2290

This is a great trail for the nature lovers in your group. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve includes a 10-mile path called the Back Bay Loop. It’s a wide trail and takes you around the back bay area of Newport Beach. There are places to stop along the way, including a nature center, the Back Bay Science Center, and several picturesque parks.

San Diego Creek Bikeway

The San Diego Creek Trail is more than 9 miles long, and bisects the city going east-to-west.  On the western end, the trail connects with the Back Bay trail in the City of Newport Beach.  On the east end, it ends near the junction of I-405 and State Highway 133. Along the trail is easy access to parks, retail centers, neighborhoods and more, providing a welcome escape from the heart of a bustling city.

Best Bike Shops in OC

The Path Bike Shop

215 W. 1st St., #102

Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 669-0784

Rock N’ Road Cyclery

5701 Santa Ana Canyon Road

Anaheim Hills, CA 92807

(714) 998-2453

Santiago Cycling

115 Prospect Ave.

Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 544-6091

Bicycle Discovery

8800 Warner Ave.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714) 841-1366

Two Wheels One Planet

420 E. 17th St.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 646-7717