Placerita Canyon Nature Center, Newhall

#203 of 276 in Wildlife in California
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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41 reviews
  • August 3, 2017
    Spot a glimpse into the life of the early American settlers. Rugged landscape has a tremendous impact. In the shadow of Bush sometimes appearance of lizard. Should be avoided because the land was covered with sand and rocks to walk down the sandals.
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  • June 27, 2017
    To beat the heat we visited early on a Saturday morning before the Nature Center building was open (9am-5pm). Quite a few people were there enjoying the hiking trails, although 2-3 of them were closed...  more »
  • June 19, 2017
    We were looking for a fun place to take our 2 year old grandson that is always on the go. It was a 90+ degree day and knew it had to be an indoor activity. The nature center was the perfect place for ...  more »
  • June 17, 2017
    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!
  • June 27, 2017
    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.
  • April 3, 2017
    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!
  • April 3, 2017
    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.
  • June 9, 2017
    One of my most favorite hiking places. I believe currently the trail is closed due to fire.

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