What is there to do or where should you go if you love the outdoors and are visiting Acton, California? Lucky for you nature enthusiasts there are two different parks, and a National Forest all within a short distance from this California town.
The first to check out is Placerita Canyon Park. This historical state landmark is the site of the first discovery of gold found in the state of California in 1842! The preserve has been set up to protect its historical background and the remains of an old historical ranch that can be found within the park.. Next to see are the Sandstone formations, different flowing streams depending on the season,as well as beautiful cottonwood and native sycamore trees. You will find this park nestled in between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Mojave Desert. But it doesn’t stop there, there are linkages within this preserve that connect it to the Angeles National Forest, Santa Susana Mountains, Simi Hills, and the Santa Monica Mountains! Great place to take the family for a little exploring and a tremendous amount of natures beauty.
Next up we have the Angeles National Forest which is made up of 700,176 acres of land, found in between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Sierra Pelona Mountains. It was first established in 1908, and boasts five designated wilderness areas.
- Cucamonga Wilderness
- Magic Mountain Wilderness
- PleasantView Ridge Wilderness
- San Gabriel Wilderness
- Sheep Mountain Wilderness
Found within the National Park are ski areas, picnic areas, four different visitors centers as well as four different information centers, different hiking trails, and an abundance of different trees and wildlife. A great spot to enjoy no matter what time of year it may be.
The third on our list of great parks to visit near Acton goes to William S.Hart Park. Found about 25 miles from Acton in Newhall, this park was once the home to William S. Hart also known as “Two Gun Bill” the first movie star of silent cowboy films in the silent film era. Upon his death he donated his 265 acre ranch for the world to visit and enjoy. His mansion was turned into a museum that boasts his personal & movie paraphernalia, native american artifacts, and western art to name a few. There are free guided tours daily as well as a Music in The Mansion Concert event. A barnyard zoo, group camping and picnics, hiking and equestrian trails can also be found. Looking to hold a reception or wedding? There is a bunk house available for receptions and ,meetings and Hart Hall is available to host important events such as your wedding or other important events. Let’s not also forget the senior center and historical ranch that may also be visited!
These are just a few of the marvelous parks and outdoor recreation facilities that you may enjoy with family and friends when in this neck of the California woods. Something for the whole family to do and a nice dose of the California fresh air. Next time you are heading to Acton think about incorporating a visit to one of these fine spots. We promise you will enjoy yourselves.