Another in our series on great family hikes... if you haven't been to Franklin Canyon Park in a while, it's worth taking the kiddies along for a bit of urban nature. You can almost hear the whistle from the opening credits of "The Andy Griffith Show."
Some details from LAMountains.com:
Franklin Canyon Park rests on 605 acres near the center of Los Angeles between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills. Within the park boundaries are chaparral, grasslands and oak woodlands, a three-acre lake, an ADA-accessible duck pond, expansive picnic grounds, and over five miles of hiking trails. The lake and pond serve as permanent and seasonal home for birds in the Pacific flyway.
The park has a history steeped in the forces that created the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles—oil and water. In 1914, William Mulholland and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) began construction of a reservoir in upper Franklin Canyon to distribute water newly brought from the Owens Valley. The family of oil baron Edward L. Doheny used the canyon as a summer retreat and a place to graze and water their cattle. The Doheny family built the Spanish style home in lower Franklin Canyon in 1935.
The William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom and Sooky Goldman Nature Center offers exhibits and a chance for kids to learn more about the canyon.
Just remember to fully stop at the stop signs there... they do truly enforce it via cameras and video (trust me, I learned the hard way!)
Franklin Canyon Park
2600 Franklin Canyon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210