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Placerita Canyon Nature Center

19152 Placerita Canyon Rd., Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 259-7721
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Newhall
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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English first
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Whatever your worries are, walk & enjoy nature at its best, worries - they seem to just halt away. Gave us good heart rate & still love it!

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Los Angeles, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I hiked from the nature center to the waterfall at the end of the waterfall trail. The trails were easy and quiet. The canyon trail has a free downloadable mp3 audio tour (available on the Placerita Canyon Nature Center website) that has information about the flora, fauna, and some historical information on the trail. It is not shaded the entire... More

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Manila, Philippines
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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We visited Placerita Canyon last March for some birdwatching. We got to see the usual birds like the Acorn woodpecker, Nuttall's woodpecker, white breasted nut hatch, oak titmice, lesser goldfinch, black throated gray warbler and some hawks flying overhead. ....and these birds were seen just close to the picnic area. There was a field trip of school children so we... More

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Canyon Country, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I call Placerita Canyon my "church" for it is where I go to be in the natural beauty of the world and find some peace of mind. I hike there every Saturday morning with my dog, Emma. Because of the layout of the canyon, most of the basic Walker Ranch hiking path is in shade even in the heat of... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I am new to hiking, and I go by myself most of the time. Before heading to any trail I do lots of research online to find out if a hike could be done solo. This place is it! First stop was the visitor center/gift shop where I picked up a free trail map. A nice and helpful lady manning... More

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Medford, OR
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

It's history and hiking and picnicing all in one great package. This is my favorite hiking spot in SoCal. Every time I come to LA for a visit I hope to find the time, early in the morning before the heat, to get in 5 miles or so. Last time I went there was a small pool of bubbling mud... More

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Newhall, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This Nature Center offers easy hiking as well as more difficult. The visitor center is very informative and holds the attention of our five year old grandaughter. It is very easy to get to - just off the 14 freeway. Love the fact that this is the area where gold was first discovered in California.

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My wife and I hike here frequently. Easy to get to, and we can go get our hike on after work. If you like a harder hike you can take the trail to the top.

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Glendale, CA
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Visited the place today although we have been living in Santa Clarita for seven years now. Loved the place and the history behind it. Our 5-year old thoroughly enjoyed the tour. He said he wanted to write all about it when we came back home. Our guide, Mrs. Judy McClure and her wonderful husband made it a great and informative... More

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Valencia, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This center is at the start of some great hiking trails, some more strenuous than others. My favorite climbs past a water tank and up onto a ridge that hikers can follow for quite a distance. Nice views from above. Near the nature Center, there is a lovely picnic area with majestic old oak trees giving cool refreshing shade, a... More

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