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Located in Southern California, Cleveland National Forest lies about an hour’s drive from Lake Elsinore and approximately 38 miles from Murrieta. The forest is 460,000 acres in size and was designated in 1908 by merging Trabuco National Reserve and San Jacinto National Reserve. The national forest is named in honor of Stephen Grover Cleveland, a former President of the United States. Located in three counties, namely San Diego, Orange, and Riverside, the forest landscape is dotted with seasonal waterfalls, chaparral, pines, and meadows.

Some sections of Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and Sunrise Scenic Highway weave through Cleveland National Forest. There are loads of outdoor activities in Cleveland National Forest for visitors of all ages and interests. The most popular ones include hiking, horseback riding, OHV riding, hunting, and mountain biking. Rent a motorhome in Riverside County and enjoy non-stop adventures in Cleveland National Forest.

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Getting Outdoors

When you book an RV in Murrieta, you’ll find something to enjoy in this forest, no matter your interest and skill level. Hiking is a fun way of exploring the forest’s beautiful scenery. If you are interested in exploring the waterfalls, the Cedar Creek Falls Trail will lead you to the scenic Cedar Falls. Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail leads hikers to three beautiful falls. Other popular trails include Sunset Trail, Black Star Canyon Trail, and Garnet Peak Trail.

For off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, Cleveland National Forest boasts of over 50 miles of OHV trails. One of the best trails is a 14-mile Corral Canyon OHV Trail.

Bikers will find miles of mountain biking trails meandering through the forest. Notable biking trails include San Juan Loop, Indian Creek Trail, and Noble Canyon Trail.

Camping at Cleveland National Forest

Cleveland National Forest is home to over ten campgrounds most of which can comfortably accommodate both you and your travel trailer rental for a few nights

Located near Little and Big Laguna Lakes, Laguna Campground is popular with RV campers and offers over 100 sites divided into five loops. Sites can accommodate RVs of up to 40 feet. Amenities offered include coin-operated showers, flush toilets, and water spigots.

Located near Palomar Observatory, Observatory Campground is popular with astronomy enthusiasts. This campground has 42 sites and can accommodate RVs of up to 32 feet. Drinking water, restrooms, and coin-operated shower are available. Oak Grove Campground has 79 sites divided into three loops. Amenities offered include hot showers and restrooms.

Exploring the Area

There are plenty of attractions and activities surrounding Cleveland National Forest and within a short driving distance. In San Diego, approximately an hour’s drive away, you’ll find some of the best places in this region of Pacific Northwest. Overflowing with zoos, fun parks, museums, botanical gardens, wineries, historical sites, and golf courses, San Diego is a top spot to visit when you rent a motorhome in Murrietta.

If you love animals, consider driving your motorhome rental to San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Previously known as San Diego Wild Animal Park, this zoo features animals from all over the world. It is 1,800 acres in size and plays host to over 2,500 animals. Here you can spot giraffes, elephants, Cape buffalo, zebras, rhinoceros, kangaroos, wildebeest, and deer. Birders can identify vultures, herons, pelicans, cranes, and shoebill storks.

For nature lovers, San Diego Botanic Garden is an excellent place to visit with your luxury RV rental. Located in Encinitas, this garden has 29 gardens. Herb gardens, desert gardens, and succulent gardens are the most famous gardens. Spread across 37 acres, San Diego Botanic Garden is noted for its amazing bamboo collection. Also, there are two interactive children areas equipped with play structures.

Your RV rental trip is incomplete without visiting SeaWorld San Diego. Star attractions include roller coasters, water rides, aquariums, and a zoo. Spanning 190 acres, this theme park is fun for kids of all ages. Visitors can see a variety of marine animals, including dolphins, string rays, penguins, octopus, killer whales, sturgeons, and sea lions.

Should you have limited time to explore the area during your RV rental vacation, consider spending a few hours at Balboa Park. At 1,200 acres, this park is a fusion of museums, gardens, rides, and recreational trails. If you are a history buff, Balboa Park has 15 museums ranging from arts, science, aviation, natural history to cultural museums, so no matter your interest, you can be sure to find a museum to suit your interest. The most popular ones include the San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Natural History Museum, and Fleet Science Center. For nature enthusiasts, Balboa Park has over a dozen gardens to explore.

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