Looking for a fun place to take a stroll and escape city life for a breather? Want to go on an easy hiking trail (nature walk) or even just a stroll around a lake? Well, look no further! Franklin Canyon is a perfect spot to do just that. Not only are there tons of ducks, turtles, and fish, there are also lots of trees to keep your explorations shady and cool in the scorching San Fernando Valley.
I’ve been here a handful of times with Ro, and each time I’m reminded of what a perfect retreat this place is for the both of us. She’s at that age where she can’t quite manage a hike with me without toppling over the edge of a cliff, but she’s also too big to be carried in the Beco carrier for too long. The ponds full of ducks and turtles are perfect to walk around and take in a little nature. Here’s one of the many large turtles you’ll see sunning themselves in the reservoir:
If you come at the right time of year you’ll see some amazing varieties of ducks in the Heavenly Pond. We were here in February and were lucky enough to see some Wood ducks, Mallards, a very freaky looking Muscovy duck, and a really pretty tan and white duck. Who knew there were so many types? It’s almost enough to make me want to get into birding.
The Heavenly Pond is probably my favorite spot at the park. There are picnic tables, and benches for reflecting, and the kids love walking around it and watching the animals swim around. Added bonus: you can get some pretty heartwarming pictures of baby friends having fun.
It’s only 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Ventura Blvd. which makes it the perfect escape from the noise of the daily grind. If you don’t have a toddler with you and have a chance, check out one of the many trails at the park. We’ve done the Discovery trail with baby in a carrier, and it was a nice little hike that was totally doable. So, what are you waiting for, pack up your family and get moving!