El Dorado Nature Center

Long Beach, CA
Length: 1.00 mi.

About This Trail

[Total: 6    Average: 4.3/5]

This Nature Center offers several trails: a paved 1/4 Mile trail, a One Mile trail, and a Two Mile trail (it starts and ends as a spur of the One Mile Trail). These can be combined for one big adventure or shortened for toddler waddles. Each trail offers unique features and different habitats local to Southern CA.

My favorite trail is the One Mile trail, as it is perfect for children to explore. If you explore clockwise, you follow the trail past the Nature building and turn left just after the bridge. You will go straight and cross another bridge, heading into a forest area. The trail gently winds through the trees, making it’s way to an opening where it is fun to play in fallen leaves. Near the end it will descend downhill, looping back to where you came from.

The Nature Center building has a lot of exhibits, including live bugs and snakes and interactive light displays. They also offer programs:

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Lakes and a stream with lots of birds and turtles. Forest area, so mostly shady.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $5.00

There are variable parking fees (CASH ONLY):
$5 Monday-Thursday
$6 Friday
$7 Saturday & Sunday

If you don’t mind extra walking, you can also park for free at the library/park parking lot near the corner of Spring and Studebaker.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 6    Average: 4.3/5]

My name is Nicole Dominick, and I’ve been hiking with Hike it Baby since May 2016 with my daughter. She is now 4.5 years old and has hiked over 400 miles! She has been carried for most of those miles, but we enjoy every journey. We were both born and raised in Southern CA but now live in Colorado Springs, CO.


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