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Parks and nature in Big Bear Lake

Top parks

Zoo
“The Big Bear Moonridge Alpine Zoo is currently growing but still in the building process. Being with the animals that were rescued, and observing behaviors, growth, there's always so much to see and learn. You can even adopt an animal and follow its progress. ”
  • 132 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Go to the Discovery Center for trail maps, tours, activities for the kids, and more. Currently under remodel, the center is slated to re-open in July 2020. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Ski Area
“There are multiple activities here for kids and adults from 18 holes of miniature golf to the nine Cam-Am racers feature 5.5 horsepower Honda motors.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a popular trail with great views of the lake form the top, after you do a little boulder scrambling.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Trail
“This trial is just past the Discovery Center on the north shore. This trail leads to gorgeous views. [4.0 miles from the cabin]”
  • 20 locals recommend
Lake
“Relatively new park in beautiful Boulder Bay is great for photos year-round. There’s a small beach, benches and fishing pier. When there’s snow on the ground, the grassy field provides ample space for rolling snowmen or a snowball fight. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Trail
“This is about as easy as it gets, there’s no dirt involved either. The fully paved Alpine Pedal Path extends 2.5 miles one way on the North Shore from Stanfield Cutoff to the Solar Observatory (or vice versa). A diversion about halfway through will also take you to the Cougar Crest trail head and the Big Bear Discovery Center. You have options here!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Park
“This shady, forested picnic area is a day use area only. There is a community fire ring, picnic tables, BBQ’s, parking and public restrooms. You can access the Pineknot Trail from the picnic area if you want to do some hiking. Pineknot Trail is a moderate to difficult trail. This picnic area requires a $5 Adventure Pass for parking. Adventure Passes are available at the Big Bear Visitors Center or the Discovery Center.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Ski Area
“There are multiple activities here for kids and adults from 18 holes of miniature golf to the nine Cam-Am racers feature 5.5 horsepower Honda motors.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Playground
“The quaint "downtown" of the city of Big Bear Lake. Has a movie theatre (with great prices on tickets and snacks), restaurants, bars, shops, and The Cave, a live music venue. Very walkable!”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Lakefront city park with fishing dock, tennis courts, volleyball court, horse shoes, 2 lighted ball fields, playground, group picnic pavilion, picnic grove with tables, BBQ’s and public restrooms. Plenty of parking available and there is even an enclosed ‘Bark Park’ for your furry family members.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Playground
“The quaint "downtown" of the city of Big Bear Lake. Has a movie theatre (with great prices on tickets and snacks), restaurants, bars, shops, and The Cave, a live music venue. Very walkable!”
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Tourist Information Center
“Go to the Discovery Center for trail maps, tours, activities for the kids, and more. Currently under remodel, the center is slated to re-open in July 2020. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a popular trail with great views of the lake form the top, after you do a little boulder scrambling.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Trail
“This trial is just past the Discovery Center on the north shore. This trail leads to gorgeous views. [4.0 miles from the cabin]”
  • 20 locals recommend
Trail
“This is about as easy as it gets, there’s no dirt involved either. The fully paved Alpine Pedal Path extends 2.5 miles one way on the North Shore from Stanfield Cutoff to the Solar Observatory (or vice versa). A diversion about halfway through will also take you to the Cougar Crest trail head and the Big Bear Discovery Center. You have options here!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a short, easy, circular trail on the north side of the lake that begins and ends at a parking lot. This is a great path to walk after lunch — definitely dog friendly. Note: A $5 US Forest Service parking pass is required to park in the lot, but there is free street parking along Stanfield Cutoff nearby, perfect if you also plan to fish or stroll along the lake.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Trail
“Nice, moderate, dog friendly with great views. Home of the local eagles...”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lake
“A great picnic spot with fishing and swimming. Parking in the lot will require an Adventure Pass or National Park pass. You can get one at the Big Bear Discovery Center Across the street in warmer months.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“The Woodland Interpretive Trail is an easy-to-moderate 1.5 mile hike that is a 'loop'. You'll take in beautiful views of the lake and mountains as you make your way through the trail. There is a handout you can take with you at the start of the trail that explains the flora & fauna along the way, marked with number markers. There's also a picnic table in the parking area or across the street, right on the lake.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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