John Henline -
San Diego County
Private equestrian trails extend throughout the Elfin Forest Horse Community. Split
rail fences, native trees and a staging area near the fire station lend community character and beauty to these
trails. Open space, dark nighttime skies, low traffic volume and access to the abundant wildlife through protected
nature trails are valued by Elfin Forest residents.
This horse community character is based on a feeling of openness: open land, open spaces, undeveloped countryside
with a low density of homes. Elfin Forest is home to 800+ acres of dedicated open space. Many homes are well
hidden. The community of Elfin Forest covers approximately 6 square miles that are primarily made up of custom
single-family homes and equestrian ranches on large estate lots ranging from 2 to 10+ acres.
Homes and ranches have been nestled into the hills keeping ridgelines and slopes intact to preserve the natural
topography of the area and to help preserve wildlife corridors and native plant species. There are several
agricultural businesses in the form of nurseries, flower growers, and a seed production farm that provide a rural
flavor. In addition, there are commercial lemon and avocado growers and many home orchards. The community has no
The Trails Committee will continue to work within the community to develop more private
trails and to maintain them in keeping with the guidelines they have established. Any and all land
development shall include, within its boundaries, equestrian trails which shall connect to the Regional
trails at the Elfin Forest Reserve. The Elfin Forest Reserve and its Regional Trails shall be connected to
the Elfin Forest area.
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