Highgrove, California is a mix of old and new. Its claim to fame is its importance in the packing and shipping of oranges at the height of the California Citrus boom in the late 1800s. A small pocket park has been dedicated to honor this time period at the Center Street off ramp from northbound Interstate 215.
Highgrove was also the location for the first electrical plant in California. Located on Iowa Avenue, it was destroyed by fire in 1915.
Today, Highgrove is an area in transition. The northern boundary is Main Street. Here, people are likely to find older homes interspersed with industrial areas. Closer to the eastern boundary of Mount Vernon Avenue, the homes become more affluent. The hills mark the southern boundary and the western boundary is Interstate 215. There is a lot of open undeveloped land that was once filled with orange groves.
There are no major shopping areas, but Highgrove is close to everything. Highgrove does sport a library and four churches. Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Veterans’ Administration Hospital are six miles away. The Riverside Bus Station is four miles away and a hub for Greyhound. The Amtrak station is seven miles from Highgrove and offers service for the Metrolink into Los Angeles. The Amtrak station is fully wheelchair accessible.
Surrounding the area are many things to do. The Riverside Rock Quarry has been converted to a premier rock climbing experience. Since Highgrove was once a major part of the citrus industry, a trip to the California Citrus State Historic Park is a must. Lake Perris is half an hour away and offers boating, fishing, swimming and camping. Highgrove sits in the middle of an area full of entertaining things to do.