The Cleveland National Forest is located in the southwestern part of California.
Where is this Forest?



Big Laguna Trail Photo by Alexander S. KunzGazing at Cuyapaipe Peak from Stevenson Peak By Alexander S. KunzPacific Crest Trail at Fosters Point Photo By Alexander S. KunzGarnet Peak at the Transition Zone Photo By Alexander S. KunzLaguna Mountains at Monument Peak Photo By Alexander S. KunzTrabuco Winter LandscapeFall SunriseSantiago's Peak and Hiker


On July 1st, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed a declaration that created the Cleveland National Forest. Now, more than 100 years later, the Cleveland National Forest provides habitat for native wildlife, as well as a natural refuge and playground for many of the 3 million plus residents in the greater San Diego area. Read more about the history of the Cleveland National Forest how it was founded and evolved into the forest it is today! 

Recent News


Cedar Creek Falls

Effective Friday, April 5, 2013, a visitor use permit is required to visit the Cedar Creek Falls Visitor Use Permit Area.

The Cleveland National Forest opened the west access to Cedar Creek Falls located in Ramona, CA off of the Thornbush Road.


Cleveland National Forest Launches New Interactive Mobile Game for Youth

Agents of Nature image for app

This summer, youth visiting the Cleveland National Forest Trabuco Ranger District will have an exciting new way to learn about the forest. 

Help Stop the Spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer!

The side view of a black insect with orange spots.

Don't move oak firewood out of San Diego County!


Volunteers Make a Difference

[Photo]: Kids planting trees.

Volunteering on the Cleveland NF can be a rewarding and educational experience.  There is much you can do to help!

Explore the Stars Program - Star Parties

[Photo]: large telescope with some kids near it

An exciting amateur astronomy project occurs each summer and fall at Palomar Mountain's Observatory Campground on the Palomar Ranger of the Cleveland National Forest.