LA Parks Overview

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Hardly an urban jungle covered in nothing but concrete, there are hundreds of wonderful parks in Los Angeles spread throughout its boundaries, from quiet little gardens to thick woods to rolling meadows.

Griffith Park is probably the best-known of all the LA parks, given that it’s way larger than New York’s Central Park and home to the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and the Greek Theatre, as well as a stellar golf course and the city zoo.

Echo Park is also a big one – it’s got that little Dodgers Stadium thing in the middle of it – and though Runyon Canyon Park isn’t as large as Griffith or Echo, its steep trails provide thigh-busting workouts for a whole lot of Hollywood actors and doe-eyed starlets-to-be.

Heading west above the Hollywood Hills you’ve got Fryman Canyon and Laurel Canyon Park, the much bigger Franklin Canyon Park, and then all the way to the massive Topanga State Park that reaches from the 405 freeway all the way to the ocean.

Park LaBrea boasts the famous tar pits, Will Rogers State Park has great mountain bike trails, and no matter what outdoor activity you seek – jogging, sightseeing, or just walking the dog – Los Angeles parks are all over the place.

As an added bonus, the expansive Angeles National Forest awaits just east of town, home to more than a thousand square miles of outdoor fun.

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