HB Urban Forest

Winter is a wonderful time to visit the Urban Forest. (Family photo by Nicole Long Photography)

Our thanks to Graphic Artist Tresa Holloway for creating this map as of February 2022. Click on the map to print a copy.

Kids delight in the horses on trails in and around the Urban Forest. Each day, the neighboring Free Rein Foundation horses like this one can be seen walking through the forest. In early 2021, Free Rein volunteers began offering tours through its pasture, the adjoining Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, and the Urban Forest.

Thank you to Jimmy Doan for sharing these Cedar Waxwing photos, taken in the Urban Forest. Read more about these and other birds observed in the Urban Forest by clicking here.

What is the Urban Forest? 
The Urban Forest is the aggregate of all community vegetation and green spaces that provide benefits vital to enriching quality of life for visitors and residents – including those pictured here and throughout this website.

Urban Forest Goals:
To improve the Urban Forest for the community and its visitors to enjoy; partner with the City of Huntington Beach to enhance the beauty and safety of our parks; to educate the public about the importance of urban forests; and try to connect a young person to every tree we plant.

Have you been to the HB Urban Forest lately?  The Urban Forest’s first tree was planted in 2001. Since then, dedicated volunteers have planted more than 7,000 California-native and -friendly trees and plants! Check out beautiful new boulders for resting and way-finding along the now-developing Shipley to Shore Nature Trail. The existing canopy is continually expanding and changing with the seasons.

Existing trees include pine, sycamore and oak forests. Other varieties flourishing include Tipuana, desert willow, California Pepper Trees and more. Additionally, the forest is complemented with California native plants, intermingled with Mediterranean drought-resistant plants.

Then and now – In the past 21 years, hundreds of community volunteers have transformed this Huntington Beach Central Park (west) land from just two palms + weeds to more than 7,000 native plants & trees. The two photos at left depict some volunteers from seasons past. HB Tree Society President Jean Nagy & volunteer Terry Ehrhard (at right, celebrating the 2019/2020 holidays with other HBTS volunteers) planted many of the trees in what became the Urban Forest that we walk under today. The ever-changing Urban Forest is benefiting from the recent rains. Stop by to see what’s blooming this winter!

A painter finds one of the many picturesque places within the Urban Forest.

Expect to find song birds, hawks, rabbits, and coyotes and lizards like the one shown above. To see more residents of the UF, click here.

The public is invited to meander through mulched walking trails to enjoy this beautiful area. Leashed dogs are welcome. 

The forest is kept in pristine condition by weekly volunteers who plant, weed, perform tree care and more. Volunteers work on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Student volunteers are also encouraged to participate. We ask visitors to take all trash with them out of the Urban Forest so that it remains unspoiled.

The Urban Forest is found on the southwest side of Huntington Beach Central Park. Enter off Ellis Avenue, between Goldenwest and Edwards streets. As part of Huntington Beach Central Park, the UF is free and open to the public from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Find out more about Urban Forest life by clicking here.