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Hikes, Camera, Action! Exploring Corriganville Park's TV And Film History

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By David Lockeretz of Nobody Hikes in L.A. / Special to LAist

The variety of natural landscapes around Los Angeles has not been lost on the film and television industry. Indeed, some of the most popular hiking destinations in Southern California are former filming sites, including Malibu Creek State Park (M*A*S*H), Vasquez Rick (Flintstones), Bronson Cave at Griffith Park (Batman) and more. However, one site that has been used in many productions, yet remains relatively unknown to hikers, is Corriganville Park on the outskirts of Simi Valley.

Corriganville Park is named for former cowboy actor Ray "Crash" Corrigan, who owned it from 1937 to 1965, when he sold it to Bob Hope. The park was used as a set in programs such as "The Lone Ranger", "Adventures of Rin Tin Tin", "Star Trek" and more. The native oaks—and interesting geological formations, including sandstone caves—provided tons of great scenery.

In 1988, the city of Simi Valley acquired the land and opened it as a regional park. In its current incarnation, Corriganville Park is a getaway conveniently located to Simi Valley and the San Fernando Valley, where hikers can enjoy some peace and quiet, and get some summer heat relief while exploring under the shade of the live oaks. With caves for kids to explore and rocks for them to climb on—not to mention, free parking and dog friendliness—Corriganville is an ideal family destination. Visitors can even see remnants of some of the old movie sets in the Silvertown section of the park.

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To get to Corriganville Park, take the 118 Freeway to Kuehner, go south for a mile and turn left on Smith Road. Go 0.3 miles and park in the dirt lot. For more information, click here.

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