Wildwood Regional Park, Malibu, CA
Wildwood Regional Park
With two waterfalls, scenic volcanic outcroppings, miles of shared-use for all levels of trail users, several pleasant picnic areas, and abundant open space, Wildwood Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the nearby city.
Wildwood Park comprises the largest contiguous open space unit in Thousand Oaks. Covering 1,732 acres and located adjacent to an additional 1,397 more acres of open space, Wildwood Park protects many important wildlife habitats as well as provides many opportunities for passive recreation. Trails provide access to most parts of Wildwood Park, and several picnic areas are located near Wildwood Creek. Almost all of the plant communities found in Thousand Oaks can be located in Wildwood Park, and the park supports several species of rare and endangered plants. Wildlife includes deer, bobcat, raccoon, coyote, opossum, gray fox, and mountain lion. Access is provided at the western terminus of Avenida de los Arboles, and at several neighborhood access points. A trail map and brochure is available from COSCA describing the history and resources of Wildwood Park. Most of Wildwood Park is owned by the Conejo Recreation & Park District, with lesser amounts owned by COSCA.
Wildwood Park and Fort Wildwood opened on February 26, 1968 after being donated by developer, William Lyon, for public use. The event drew 11,500 people, one of the largest crowds ever assembled in the Conejo Valley, according to newspaper reports at the time.