Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!
Hike: there are many trails on this property Levels: Easy
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–Sunset (Closed on Christmas Day)
Parking Fee: $3 Website
Felicita Park is the site of one of the largest and oldest Indigenous villages in the county. To this day, grinding holes and other artifacts reveal evidence of the centuries-old community of the Northern Kumeyaay.
In 1867, an Irishman by the name of James McCoy acquired the Bernardo Rancho which included a portion of what is now Felicita Park. His large flocks of sheep ranged over this land called McCoy’s Grove.
In 1871, Mr. McCoy was elected to the State Senate and played a prominent role until his death in 1895. The property, later owned by Ransford Lewis, was purchased as a county park for the sum of $12,000 in December 1929.
The park was named after a Kumeyaay woman, Felicita La Chappa, who lived in the San Pasqual Valley until she died in 1916. Her Kumeyaay name was Hal-ah-wee, and she was the daughter of a clan leader named Pontho.
Benjamin Sherman wrote a romanticized book, Indian Stories of the Southwest, that was performed at the Felicita Pageant in the park from 1928-1931.
53 acres of dense oak groves
2 horseshoe pits
Picnic tables / barbecues
1 volleyball court
Felicita Park has always been one of my favorite parks. Perhaps because it is not your traditional park (in my opinion). There are is much grounds to wander around and just get lost in. It’s always had a bit of a magical feel to it. The Renaissance Faire is held here. I will attend it in the future and then make a post on that. A Ship in the Woods used to have their residency as well which was the coolest thing ever!
I’m thinking of coming here to take pictures, is it crowded? And are there small waterfalls that you can swim in?
July 31, 2014
I used to love this park as a kid. It used to have a crafted tortoise shell crooked in a tree. I used to always look for it. Is it still there?
August 1, 2014
Your mystery plant picture is pokeweed– looks great but unfortunately it is toxic!
November 4, 2016
I love coming here! This spirits that reside here from the past are real! And you missed the Ren Faire last weekend!!! Super fun!!!!
May 9, 2019