Enjoy the Outdoors on Green Friday


On November 27th, trade in Black Friday shopping madness – whether that’s online or in-store – with Green Friday by discovering the great outdoors.

Take a deep breath of fresh air, observe birds soaring above, and hike off the Thanksgiving dinner calories!

Hiking Trails to Give a Try

There are approximately 100 County parks and preserves you can visit no matter your fitness level. The County’s Department of Parks and Recreation website has more details on these trails:

  • Easy Trails
    • San Elijo Lagoon, Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Guajome Regional Park, Ramona Grasslands County Preserve, Los Penasquitos County Preserve
  • Moderate Trails
    • Louis A, Stelzer County Park, Del Dios Highlands County Preserve, Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch, Wilderness Gardens County Preserve, El Monte County Park
  • Tough Trails
    • Santa Ysabel East County Preserve, Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, Hellhole Canyon County Preserve, Mt. Gower County Preserve, El Capitan County Preserve

Mobile phone apps for your family hike

There are over 6,000 farms in San Diego County each offering a variety of fresh produce year-round. The Farm Bureau of San Diego County has created a Harvest Calendar that can help you find out the seasonal crop harvest by month. Eating seasonally reduces the demand for out-of-season produce, which in turn helps support local farmers that are producing more nutritious, less resource intense and less expensive produce.

County Parks also launched a new trails app that makes it easier to get information on hiking, biking, and riding paths in our parks and preserves. Easy2Hike is a free app that allows users to locate and view trailheads, park maps, and points of interest in Southern California and beyond.

Find a park to enjoy at sdparks.org. Click on the Trails button on the home page to see a list of trail-related articles, including virtual hikes and 360-degree views of some of our most popular hiking destinations!

Some park amenities are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Please obey posted signs, practice safe social distancing, and bring a mask to wear should you come into close contact with other park users, as some trails are narrow. Learn more about DPR’s response to the coronavirus pandemic online.