Franklin Canyon State Park's main feature is the Franklin Canyon Lake and the Sooky Goldman Nature Center. William Mulholland originally built this park’s upper canyon reservoir in 1914, and it has subsequently been used as a filming location for several famous films and series such as "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "The Andy Griffith Show."
What Makes It Great
The Reservoir Loop Trail is an easy 1.4-mile round trip with 100 ft elevation gain that loops through the enticing black walnut woods in the lower canyon. There are a lot of birds and wildlife on this trail, and the ponds and reservoir make it a great place to bring the kids. The trail is dog friendly, however they must be on a leash at all times and cannot swim in any of the bodies of water.
Who is Going to Love It
Parking is free, though traffic laws are strictly enforced, so be careful driving around. This easy loop trail connects to other trails such as the more difficult Hastain Trail, where you can get really good views of the Pacific Ocean from above West LA. This short loop trail is certainly worth checking out.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Franklin Canyon State Park is located at 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. From West Los Angeles, head north on Beverly Drive following signs to Coldwater Canyon. Turn left on Coldwater/Beverly Drive, and turn left again on Beverly Drive, at Fire Station No. 2. The third right is Franklin Canyon Drive. Continue through the residential area to park entrance. At the intersection of Franklin Canyon Drive and Lake Drive turn right to go to Franklin Canyon Ranch site, or turn left to go to the Sooky Goldman Nature Center and Franklin Canyon Lake.