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Placerita Canyon Nature Center, Newhall

#116 of 255 in Wildlife Areas in California
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
Placerita is an east-west running canyon featuring cool, shaded oak groves, a willow and sycamore-lined seasonal stream and numerous other interesting plant and animal communities.

The historic "Oak of the Golden Dream" is the site of California's original gold discovery in 1842. Another landmark is the Walker Cabin , built by Frank Walker in 1920 for his family.

A network of self-guiding nature, history and hiking trails radiates out into the park from the Center, with longer hikes leading to a seasonal waterfall and to the top of the Santa Clarita Divide. Picnicking is available near the Nature Center.

The park encompasses oak woodland, chaparral, and riparian plant communties on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains southeast of the City of Santa Clarita. The park not only serves to conserve a slice of the wild environment but also endeavors to educate the public on the value of undisturbed flora and fauna through wild animal presentations, nature hikes, and self-guided educational trails.
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  • My husband brought me here on a surprise date. Beautiful Natural area with plenty of hiking and some history behind it. Gold was discovered here first in 1842 Loved the murals on the walls along the p...  more »
  • We are seniors and still enjoy getting out and taking a hike. Multiple trails here for the novice to the experienced. Is dog friendly and okay for the young ones on the easier trails. The Nature cente...  more »
  • Great activity for animal and nature lovers. Fantastic docents with lots of fun animal facts to share.. Fun trails to hike. Lots of schools go on field trips there. They will also come to school with ...  more »
  • Like probably a thousand other people who drive by every day and have never stopped, I've driven past it a dozen times. I only stopped today to kill a little time. Very lucky for me! Quiet, serene, clean little nature center. I see there's a raptor presentation tomorrow. I'll be back with the kid in-tow!
  • Been coming here for years, but this year some trails where closed due to fires. We weren't allowed to grill to prevent fires. It has a animal center with 4 birds and 2 tortoise. Its ok but unless we can grill and hike next year, this place is not worth considering next Easter.
  • Beautiful place, hiking, great staff and nature center with lots of animals. be sure to visit the original homesteader's cabin! Poison oak can be found so be careful! Comfortable shoes a must... picnic areas are large and clean. Very nice!
  • Good for young kids. Nature center and their staff are fantastic. Easy to drive to from Westside- especially with carpool lane. Please note: Nature center is closed Mondays.
  • One of my most favorite hiking places. I believe currently the trail is closed due to fire.