Exploring Malibu Creek State Park

June 18, 2019 Hilary

Exploring Malibu Creek State Park

You’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles when you visit the Malibu Creek State Park, which is tucked away in the Malibu Canyon. Part of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, and only 25 miles from Downtown Los Angeles the Park features swimming, hiking, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, camping, and horseback riding. Of course being so close to LA it’s no surprise that this scenic area was once used to film many of the famous television shows and movies that we know and love.

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Malibu State Creek Park

The 20th Century Fox film How Green Was My Valley was filmed here in 1941 and shortly thereafter Fox Entertainment purchased the property, which became known as the 20th Century Fox Ranch. Moves and television shows continued to be filmed in the Park after the State of California bought the property in 1974 including: M*A*S*H, Planet of the Apes, Doctor Doolittle, Pleasantville, Batman, Anchorman and so many more

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20th Century Fox Ranch

There are hiking opportunities for all fitness levels, including 15 miles of stream side trails, and along the way you’ll be treated to views of the valley, canyon and scenic pools.

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Malibu State Creek Park

Century Lake was named in honor of the Park’s former owners.

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Century Lake Malibu State Creek Park

Although many areas of the park were damaged in the tragic wildfires that tore through the area in late 2018, the area is well on its way to recovery.

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Malibu State Creek Park

Tips and Useful information

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Malibu State Creek Park

  • Bring Water and wear appropriate foot attire. Trails on the easy hikes are wide and smooth, but appropriate foot attire is a good idea.
  • The Visitor Center is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.
  • All day parking is $12.00 per car, per day, or there is an hourly rate.
  • Restrooms and a drink machine are located in the parking area.
  • Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park’s day use areas and campground. Dogs are not allowed on the backcountry trails or dirt roads.
  • The park is on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road, and can be located from the Pacific Coast Highway via Malibu Canyon Road, or from Highway 101. The Address is: 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302

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Hilary

I love to travel & explore the world both near and far! I do my best to make the most out of life each and everyday! I have two boys and wherever I go, they go! This means they are, at the ages of 9 and 15, world travelers and all around go along guys! There isn’t anywhere I can’t take them! It is my hope this blog will be a way to share the fun things I’ve learned while on our many adventures together!

Comments (20)

    • Hilary

      Such a nice surprise to find this gem of a park so close to home.

  1. This area is very picturesque. I can imagine scenes from some of those shows and movies that could have been filmed at the park.

    • Hilary

      Yes! Before the fire you could actually visit some of the filming locations, but sadly they’re gone now.

  2. It’s crazy that is so close to the urban sprawl of Los Angeles – what a beautiful respite and so different from the beachy vibe along the coast. Looks like a lovely way to take a break from the city. Cheers from here. Erin

    • Hilary

      Such a lovely day our and then we get to go home and sleep in our own beds! Not much of a camper. Ha ha!

  3. Clare Thomson

    I love seeing the places where some of my favourite films and TV shows were made but I’d visit here for those glorious sounding hikes. How great to find that it’s so close to LA. #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      We lucked out, that was the only blue sky day we’ve had in weeks!

  4. Bright Lights of America

    Ooh I wonder how it went from being Hollywood owned to a state park? It’s so cool that it has that film history to it and is now open to everyone. I’d love to try horse riding one day. #FarawayFiles

  5. What beautiful scenery, it’s amazing that it’s so close to LA. I love visiting places that I’ve seen in movies. #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      So fun to see the places we’ve seen on screen in real life!

  6. I wish I had known about this when we last visited LA – I’m not a city lover and 5 days I was begging for an escape this would have been perfect. When we return with the kids I’m adding this as a place to explore. So great to hear about #farawayfiles

  7. I love finding places like this so close to cities. It’s a nice break to refresh and recharge. #farawayfiles

  8. Lyn

    Wow, who knew that area was used in so many movies. Looks like a lovely place to enjoy the great outdoors.

  9. It looks so quiet. I would expect more people around being so close to Los Angeles. Everybody would want to get out of town for some downtime. #farawayfiles

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