Guide to Public Parks in Los Angeles Ca

Los Angeles has various activities to offer from bars to art galleries and local landmarks. But the real beauty of Los Angeles lies in parks. 

There are hundreds of parks and hiking trails in and around LA that are blooming with wildlife and greenery. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the crowded, smog filled city, turn to one of these parks for refuge.

Lake Hollywood – Nestled right under the famous Hollywood sign is the park with big green grass areas for dogs to run and jump, and kids to play soccer and various other sports. Its big open space allows a place of zen for the typical in the city, and a great view of the sign. Lake Hollywood park is located at 3200 Canyon Lake Dr Los Angeles,  CA  90027 http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/facility/lakeHollywoodPk.htm

Runyon Canyon Park – Perhaps the most famous park in Los Angeles where you may just see the like of Kim Kardashian, or Zac Efron running down a mountain in front of you. Most celebs run this mountain range of about  a 3 mile loop. It offers yoga in the early mornings in the grass area for free, and hase a hidden swing right before one of the trails that is a must see. The park is located at N Fuller Ave Hollywood, CA 90046 http://runyoncanyon-losangeles.com/

Griffith Park – The biggest park in Los Angeles, where you can hike next to the Griffith Observatory, or ride ponies at the stables for a small cost. This park is great for kids and has amazing views of the city along with a slow paced hike that is great for the family. Griffith Park is located at 4730 Crystal Springs Dr Los Angeles, CA 90027 http://www.ci.la.ca.us/rap/dos/parks/griffithpk/

TreePeople -Treepeople is a company that provides hikes in a beautiful park setting in Beverly Hills. It is a non-profit organization and it is a great place to take a group or school. The best feature of TreePeople is its moon walks. They start at 7 pm and only cost 5 dollars for non members. You get a beautiful glimpse of the moon in this relaxing nature walk. TreePeople is located at 12601 Mulholland Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210 http://www.treepeople.org/

Escondido Falls – This waterfall hike is the best in Los Angeles. It is located in Malibu and is not a site to be missed. The trail is moderate and the reward is amazing. You can go into the little grotto next to the waterfall and cool off, and on your way to the waterfall enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. The falls are located at 27200 Winding Way Malibu, CA  90265 http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=12

Franklin Canyon – Franklin Canyon provides a water oasis in the heart of LA. Here you will find bustling small wildlife in this beautiful park with a lake in the middle of it. There are trails and great views of the city that are a must see. Franklin Canyon is laocated at 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr  Beverly Hills, CA  90210 http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=14

Polliwog Park -This Park is kid friendly, and has a huge playground for your kids to enjoy. Nice open spaces and located in Manhattan Beach so afterwards you can take the kids to the water! Polliwog is located at 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 http://www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=377