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Best Scenic Running Trails in Orange County

Orange County is a great place to live. There’s a coffee shop on every corner, outdoor concerts practically every weekend, and plenty of high-end boutiques. There’s also a strong sense of community among the 3-plus million people who call the OC home—whether collectively mourning the loss of the Lakers or bonding on the greens of some of the best golf courses in the world. Seeking out solitude in a place this populated isn’t always easy though. But when you put your earbuds in and go for a run on one of these scenic running trails near UDR’s Orange County apartment communities, you leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and feel like you’re the only person in the world.

Huntington Central Park | Huntington

Trees and shrubs lining the perimeter of this 350-acre park block street noise and make the perfect habitat for squirrels. There’s enough open space that even on a busy day, it doesn’t feel crowded here. Giant trees shade many of the paved paths, and mossy areas offer lush views. Huntington Central Park also boasts a fitness course with bodyweight workout stations.

Back Bay Loop Trail | Newport

It might seem unimaginable that such spectacular scenery is located so close the central business district in Irvine, but that is exactly what the Back Bay Loop Trail offers. You can bike, jog or walk on the 10.5-mile paved trail, or venture off on a dirt trail. The Upper Back Bay Trail has amazing views of the Bay, while the Lower Back Bay Trail is home to a wide variety of birds.

Quail Hill | Irvine

This 1.8-mile loop starts with a gradual hill. The natural-surface trail is lined with green grass peppered with yellow flowers in the spring, but is beautiful any time of year. If you’re up for a longer route, there are other trailheads located at the same parking lot.

These are just a few of the many scenic running trails in Orange County. What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.