Heritage Hill Historical Park

Old classroom at Heritage Hill Park.
Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534

Park open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.. to 5 p.m. 

Heritage Hill Historical Park's 4.1 acres includes , four fully restored and furnished historic buildings that span the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area from the Mexican Rancho era (Serrano Adobe, circa 1863), to the founding of the town of El Toro (El Toro Grammar School, 1890; St. George's Episcopal Mission, 1891), through the citrus farming days of the early twentieth century (Harvey Bennett Ranch House, 1908).

Guided tours through the buildings are provided for the public Wednesday through Sunday. The tours offer an interpretation of Saddleback area history through the artifacts, events and people associated with each building. Landscaping of the park is in keeping with the historic nature of the buildings. The grounds are also available for weddings and special events, by appointment. Park staff and associated community interest groups offer special events each year including the annual Victorian Christmas held on the first Saturday of December.

There are no fees for entrance or public tours of Heritage Hill Historical Park for groups of seven or less. Groups of eight or more must make advance public tour reservations and the fee is $2 per person. Please contact park staff a minimum of three weeks in advance of your requested tour date. Voluntary donations are accepted and aid the park in historical program presentations. The Amigos de la Colinas volunteer docent group assists the park staff by conducting tours and special programs.


Church at Heritage Hill Park.Six free "Walk-in" tours are offered weekly for individuals and groups of seven or less. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m.. and 2 p.m. Volunteer docents meet visitors at the front porch of the Serrano Adobe and tour each building.

The buildings are open to public access only during tours in order to protect the historic furnishings and artifacts on display. Visitors not attending a "Walk in" tour or prearranged Group tour may look into each building though an open doorway, but may not go through the buildings.

Group tour arrangements should be made in advance for any group of more than eight persons. Please call the park at least three weeks in advance to arrange group tours. The fee for group tours is $2 per person.

A Living History program is offered to fourth grade children. The program enables students to experience a typical school day around the turn-of-the-century. A Hands-on program with an activity at each historic building is offered to third grade students. The Native American tour is available to elementary school children and features a visit to the Indian village exhibit to learn about the life of the "People of the Land Before 1769."

Please contact the park office to arrange Group, Living History, Hands On, or Native American tours. Call Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (949) 923-2230.


September 16, 2015 
Halloween Events at Heritage Hill

Heritage Hill Historical Park offers fall fun for all ages at the family-friendly Autumn Harvest Festival Oct. 10 and the eighth annual Haunt at Heritage Hill for serious scares Oct. 16 and 17.

December 22, 2014 
OC Parks Introduces New Parking Passes

OC Parks is pleased to introduce new parking passes that will allow visitors to use a single card to park at all County regional and wilderness parks and/or beaches.

The new “smart cards” replace the entry cards and stickers that were previously used for annual parking. Unlike the previous OC Parks passes, which were fixed to a calendar year (January through December), these smart cards are valid for 12 months from issue date and can be renewed annually. Moreover, for wilderness and beach locations which previously required a sticker affixed to a visitor’s windshield, these passes can be used with any vehicle. The price for the new cards remains the same as 2014.

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