Map and Site Information: Franklin Canyon Park
Located between Beverly Hills and the San Fernando Valley, Franklin Canyon Park's 605 acres of land have something for everyone. Its three main trails - Discovery, Berman, and Hastain - are great for novice to intermediate hikers. This fantastic park for families with young children has a loop trail around the reservoir that is stroller friendly.
Those looking for a more robust hike can climb to beautiful vistas of the City. Take the family to the Sooky Goldman Nature Center to view exhibits, buy a snack, or join a free interpretive program. Heavenly Pond and Franklin Canyon Reservoir provide respite for a variety of birds journeying on the Pacific Flyway, and plenty of ducks call the canyon home year round. The park has served as a backdrop for many Hollywood productions. Meeting rooms, auditorium, amphitheater and park areas are available for special events, including weddings, by special use permit.
Site Info & Map
2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
Franklin Canyon Sooky Goldman Nature Ctr (Upper Franklin Canyon): From Ventura Fwy (101), go 2.5 miles south on Coldwater Cyn Ave. At intersection with Mulholland Dr and Franklin Cyn Dr (directly across from Coldwater Canyon Park), turn right on Franklin Cyn Dr. Go 0.5 mile and turn left at sign for William O. Doug¬las Outdoor Classroom. Park in lot on left next to nature center. (To go to Franklin Canyon Ranch: continue south on the reservoir road and Franklin Canyon Dr. Turn left on Lake Dr.)
Franklin Canyon Ranch (Lower Franklin Canyon): From Sunset Blvd, turn north on Beverly Dr. Continue on Beverly Dr by veering left at “to Coldwater Cyn Dr” sign and left at intersection with Coldwater Cyn Dr (look for Beverly Hills Fire Station #2). Turn right on Franklin Canyon Dr. Go 1 mile and turn right on Lake Dr. Park at main lot at end of road. (To go to Sooky Goldman Nature Center: continue north on Franklin Canyon Dr, past Lake Dr. Turn right at sign for William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom. Continue to parking lot on right.);
Did You Know?
Four state parks were the triumph of a grassroots movement to protect open spaces minutes from Los Angeles in the 1950s & 60s. Three women, Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feuer further galvanized the movement that helped make Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality in 1978.