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Placerita Canyon Nature Center, Newhall

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Wildlife Area
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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  • 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 »
  • During the Gold Rush era settlement is protected as a State Park. A small to medium shrub with reddish rocks was just like the Western stage. Because you can't water is drinking water provided.
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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 »
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  • 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.
  • Such Beautiful land to Explore, Play and Learn.. while you visit the Museum, learn of the Birds and other creatures within and surroundings "Free".. Gift Shop.. Loved the hiking trails and it's history.. don't forget to bring a picnic.
  • A great place to hike and explore. Entered a closed trail today and found myself a nice relaxing atmosphere. Many kids like playing in the river so bring water shoes for the little one.
  • Awesome/beautiful place to go for walks or hikes with the family. Also the nature center is great and very informative with live animals.