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Malibu Public Parks & Recreational Areas

Article courtesy of Malibu Coastal Vision and the City of Malibu

The City extends for 21 miles along the California coast averaging less than a mile in width.  This affords many opportunities for the public to enjoy Malibu’s scenic beauties and recreational areas.

From west to east the are:

Charmlee Wilderness Park – covers 590 acres with eight miles of trail and is operated by the City of Malibu.  It is accessed from Encinal Canyon in western Malibu.  Hours: The park is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to sunset daily.  The Nature Center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, petting area, equestrian trails, native plant display, a nature center and whale-watching sites.  programs include a volunteer docent program, school and group nature programs and a variety of public hikes and interpretive programs.  2577 S. Encinal Canyon Road.

jc cadena photography santa monica mountainsCorral Canyon Park – Approximately 1,000 acres, located on Pacific Coast Highway between Puerco Canyon and Corral Canyon; owned and managed by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.  25623 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Las Flores Creek Park – 3.69 acres of property acquired by the City on Las Flores Canyon Road as a result of a negative condemnation action.  The long planned conversation of the property to parkland will allow the City to develop land that is sensitive to the enviromental hazards of the flood zone. Las Flores Creek Park offers picnicking and walking trails.  This park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset daily, and can be found on Las Flores Canyon Road.  This park is currently the subject of a $3.5 million restoration and improvement project.  3805 Las Flores Canyon Road.

Malibu Bluffs Park – This ten-acre city park is conveniently located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road. The park is owned by the City of Malibu and consists of two baseball diamonds, a soccer/multi-purpose field, exercise par course, jogging path, picnic tables, whale watching station, and the Michael Landon Community Building. 24250 Pacific Coast Highway.

Malibu Community Pool – The pool is located on the Malibu High School Campus and is operated by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department during non-school hours.  A variety of programs are offered including fitness and recreation swim hours, swimming lessons and club programs.  30215 Morning View Drive.

jc cadena photo santa monica mountainsMalibu Creek State Park – is owned by California State Parks and Recreation, covers 4,000 acres, and is headquartered at Las Virgenes and Malibu Canyon Road, outside the City of Malibu.  Just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the park features hiking, fishing bird watching and horseback riding.  There are 15 miles of stream side trail through oak and sycamore woodlands on chaparral-covered slopes.  Twenty-five mile Malibu Creek, in the park, is the principal watercourse of the Santa Monica Mountains, from Boney mountain to the Malibu Lagoon.

The southernmost 12 acres of Malibu Creek State Park and all of the Malibu Lagoon are located in the City of Malibu.  The Lagoon, the Adamson House, and the lower reaches of Malibu Creek north of Pacific Coast highway (PCH) make up Malibu Lagoon State Park.  Trails provide access around the lagoon and continue up the creek.  An interpretive display on ocean ecology is located adjacent to the Malibu county beach parking lot.  The park was the center of the Chumash Native American life for centuries and was used to film numerous movies and TV shows, such s Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H.

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