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“Great place to visit”

Idyllwild Nature Center
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Idyllwild
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Very nice place to stop and walk some trails and see some scenic views around Idyllwild. The nature center has a few nice exhibits.

2  Thank JimmyJackk
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Looking for a good hike, we stopped here for a quick overview of the area and ended up discovering several great trails, of varying difficulty, that leave right from the Nature Center. We embarked on the Summit Loop Trail, which was advertised as roughly 1.6 miles. It seemed MUCH longer, but was a fantastic, challenging, and scenic hike! Completely recommended. The Nature Center charges $2 per person and $1 for dogs for use of the trails and grounds. Their maps are a little confusing (and possibly misleading) but the trails are well marked. There are picnic tables on the Nature Center grounds and it would be a great, serene place to have a picnic lunch. The Center itself is pretty small with some stuffed cougars, owls, rattlesnakes, etc. on display. Nothing too exciting for us. It would probably be more interesting for kids. Nonetheless, do the hikes. Great intro to the beauty of Idyllwild!

8  Thank Alli-gators
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Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

We loved the walk up the road from the first car park up to the visitors center because of the expansive views. Midweek, this park was peaceful and just what we wanted for an introduction to hiking in the area. The indoor, informative nature center was an added bonus and I highly recommend it for all ages. Beautiful examples of local birds and animals. We saw lots of birds on our quiet walk.

2  Thank SFCulver
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

We were surprised that this Nature Center has more than just a single nature trail. There are several miles of fairly easy trails you can traverse in the park.... excellent hiking for little ones, too. We didn't spend that much time in the actual center, but the staff was friendly in asking some questions. A modest day-use fee can be paid at the honor box, or in the nature center (if open).

There is a parking lot at the top of the hill - right off of Hwy 234. You can park here and walk down to the Nature Center, or you can drive down to the mail parking lot next to the center.

4  Thank dpmason
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Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

Idyllwild has so much outdoor beauty to offer and the local Nature Center represents it well. It is situated within the crossroads of many trails that are easy to follow. Staff are friendly and quick to share their knowledge of the area.

1  Thank 1MarieLJ
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