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Cleveland National Forest, Alpine

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Cleveland National Forest encompasses 460,000 acres (720 sq mi (1,900 km2)), mostly of chaparral, with a few riparian areas. A warm dry mediterranean climate prevails over the forest. It is the southernmost U.S. National Forest of California. It is administered by the U.S. Forest Service, a government agency within the United States Department of Agriculture. It is divided into the Descanso, Palomar and Trabuco Ranger Districts and is located in the counties of San Diego, Riverside, and Orange.

Cleveland National Forest was created on July 1, 1908 with the consolidation of Trabuco Canyon National Reserve and San Jacinto National Reserve by President Theodore Roosevelt and named after former president Grover Cleveland. It is headquartered in San Diego. The Cleveland National Forest was the site of both of the largest wildfires in California history, the 2003 Cedar Fire, and the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889. Both fires widely consumed many sections of the area, as well as endangering many animal species.
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  • It's not a huge campground but there is plenty of privacy. The Camp Host is the nicest, most helpful guy we've run across in our travels. For $15 we a nice spot with a fire pit. A water spigot was...  more »
  • We had a fun day driving through and seeing various parks in the area. Cleveland National Park is 460,000 acres (720 sq miles). There are also some nice areas for pretty desert views.  more »
  • Great place. I must go through tgere in order to get home and also to go to San Diego. The rock formations, the visible sand dunes. Interesting and also so close to the Mexican Border. Hot there however. Be ready for it.
  • Corral Canyon Off-road Vehicle park is a great place to hit the California trails and experience true recreational experience. Trails are marked and designated for all types of off road vehicles. Four Corners staging area has signs posted and maps as well. Most times you still have phone and GPS reception. Great place to relax. Give it a try.

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