While there are plenty of pawsome, dog-friendly trails in Los Angeles, the Ferndell Nature Walk is unique because it winds along a stream surrounded by tropical plants and sycamore trees. Also known as the Ferndell Trail, this short and sweet walking path is located in Griffith Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States.
Griffith Park is home to a plethora of trails, but the Ferndell Nature Walk caters to visitors of all ages and abilities since it's so short and easy. At only a quarter of a mile, this trail is a great choice if you and Fido are visiting the park with kids or senior citizens. Meandering through the Ferndell Nature Museum, the Ferndell Trail will take you and your pooch past a stream, waterfall, bridges, and more than 50 species of ferns. It's as if you've set foot and paw in a tropical forest, only you're still in LA! With the recycled water from Griffith Observatory nourishing the plants, Ferndell is the only part of the park that stays lush and green throughout the year.
Though this is probably one of the easiest hikes you'll ever go on, benches are available throughout the Ferndell Nature Museum if you need to sit down. Shade is abundant along the path, so you and your pup can visit even on hot days. Once you reach the end of the Ferndell Trail, you and Fido can head to The Trails Cafe to grab a bite to eat, or extend your hike by continuing on to the East or West Observatory Trails. To make the most out of your visit and see more of Griffith Park, it's worth exploring the other trails—your always-curious pup would most certainly agree!
Wherever you go, always keep your furry buddy on a leash and clean up after them. Remember to bring enough drinking water, too. One visit to the Ferndell Nature Walk, and you'll understand why it's such a pawpular trail!
Bring cash or a card in case you need to get anything from The Trails Cafe.