Griffith Park

Griffith Park


Griffith Park sits just at the edge of the San Fernando Valley, bumping up against Burbank and continuing over the hill into the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. It is around 4,200 acres in total and is one of the largest urban parks anywhere in the United States. The majority of the park land was donated to the City of Los Angeles back in the late 1800’s by a man named Griffith J. Griffith. Rumor has it that he was spooked by a ghost on the property and wanted to get rid of it. Griffith Park has a rugged and sprawling feel and offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities from hiking to cycling to golf, and much more.

Due to the nature of the park, with is brush and greenery, parts of the park have been ravaged by wildfires throughout the years, most notably in 1933, when a blaze claimed 47 acres and the lives of 29 men. Fires also caused destruction in 1961 when 814 acres on the south side of the park went up in flames and in 2007 when another wildfire burned over 817 acres.

A visit to Griffith Park offers an almost limitless number of activities. If you want to listen to live music under the stars, you can head over to the Greek Theater for a concert. The Los Angeles Zoo will offer the entire family a chance to visit their favorite wild animals. Or you can head over to the Travel Town Museum and ride on a miniature railroad train. If you’re looking for something more active, play one of the three golf courses located in the park, head over the baseball field or the basketball and tennis courts. And there are numerous hiking, cycling and equestrian trails, so you can pick your favorite mode of transportation and hit the path. Groups like the Sierra Club often lead free hikes in Griffith Park. The park is open every day from 6am till 10pm and all trails and mountain roads are closed at sunset.




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