In sunny Southern California, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area is known as one of the largest parks and open areas in Greater Los Angeles. With 401 acres, it was first established in 1984. The park's area has a rich Native American history and is frequented by a variety of wildlife and coastal plant life.
The Native Tongva People inhabited the area for over 8,000 years. During the 19th century, the area was part of the land grants given to prominent Mexican and Spanish settlers. The Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area features exhibits and programs on the area’s natural features and history.
One of Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area’s main attractions is its walking trails, which include the Burke Roche Trail, Rim Trail, Bowl Loop Trail, Ridge Trail, and Waterfall Trail. The trails vary from under a mile long to nearly three miles long. Horseback riding is also permitted on some trails.
If you’re interested in bringing a meal or cooking one at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, the park features picnic shelters available for rental and 100 picnic tables, eight large barbecue grills, and 60 small barbecue grills spaced throughout the park.
Other recreational activities to enjoy at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area includes four playgrounds, a half basketball court, two lighted baseball diamonds, one multi-use field, and a sand volleyball court. There are even a fishing lake and a lotus pond.
Across the road is an extension of Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, which offers trails and spectacular views of the city. Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area is open daily from 6:00 AM to sunset. There is a parking fee that is $6 for regular vehicles during weekends or free during the week.
Leashed pets are welcome at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Be respectful of other visitors and park rules; always clean up pet waste and do not allow your dog to bother others. Do not bring aggressive or unvaccinated dogs. In Los Angeles, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area offers a welcome retreat from the craze of the surrounding urban area. Bring your pup with you and enjoy a walk or a meal in the great outdoors.