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New State Park to Open in Baldwin Hills Next Month

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Exploring Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County | Photo by lachshand via Flickr
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Come April, a new 50-acre park adjacent to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area will open offering 360 degree views of the LA Basin and Pacific Ocean. The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook will host a visitor center with exhibits and small trails featuring a rehabilitated coastal sage scrub plant community.

But as we await that, California State Parks have much more to offer locally and regionally. The Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino is a good place for bird watching this time of year and over at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown, wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Wildflowers can also be seen at Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park between the Valley and Simi Valley.

Regionally, we've got the Crystal Cove State Park (see above photo), which has 3.5 miles of Orange County beach and undeveloped woodland great for exploring tidepools. Up north, there's Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, an international favorite. Head a little further out to San Bernardino County and you'll hit the Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve and the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area where cavern tours are offered daily.