Celebrating a milestone - Ribbon-cutting denotes opening of Santa Margarita County Preserve


Last updated 10/11/2007 at Noon

FALLBROOK — On October 3, the formal cutting of a red ribbon was the official signal by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation that the Santa Margarita County Preserve is now officially open.

Members of the public were able to hike a two-and-a-half-mile trail that offers scenic views of the Santa Margarita River. By following the trail, hikers can connect to existing paths on Fallbrook Public Utility District land.

In addition, the County Parks and the Recreation Department and the Trails Council of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy opened the first official equestrian staging area in Fallbrook.

“The preserve opening marks another great achievement toward the future North County Multiple Species Conservation Program,” said County Supervisor Bill Horn, who represents District 5, which includes Fallbrook. “Our strong partnerships and strategic planning have provided an opportunity for the public to enjoy our region’s natural resources, while continuing our efforts to preserve them.”

The park is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. until 30 minutes before sunset. The preserve is closed during heavy rain to protect the public and natural resources. Fishing in the river is not permitted.

The county acquired the 173-acre preserve in 1992 to add to the future North County Multiple Species Conservation Program.


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