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Placerita Canyon Nature Center, Newhall

(4.7/5 based on 35 reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • The nature center is interesting with birds and snakes inside. There are several hiking trails with various lengths and difficulty. I went on the Canyon Trail which was a 4 mile round trip hike. It ha...  more »
  • We stumbled on this park on our way through the LA area. We were totally over the traffic and wanted to hike close to where we were staying. We ended up at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. The volu...  more »