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Griffith Park Grotto & Caves

Griffitth park cave

Griffith Park is a premier destination in Los Angeles. One of the largest urban parks in the nation, it even has its own mountain lion. While most folks head right for the money shot at the observatory, there's a lot more to see. From the historic trains of Travel Town to the Autry Museum to the creepy old abandoned zoo, we’ve yet to exhaust the 4,300 acres of this local treasure. Here are two lesser known spots that can be knocked out in an afternoon…

The Fern Dell Grotto is easy to miss as you pass by it on your quest for the fabled observatory vista, but stop for a shady stroll around this fern-lined stream near the bottom of Fern Dell Dr. (by the park entrance at Los Feliz Blvd.). The faux bois banisters from the early 1900s add funky charm to this well-kept secret. With picnic tables, BBQ pits and drinking fountains (as well as hiking paths to the observatory), it’s a perfect place to spend a leisurely day in the park.

Just a quick drive northwest from Fern Dell, you’ll find the Bronson Caves on Canyon Dr. A short walk from the end of the road (where there’s usually plenty of parking), the caves are easy to find. You'll have great views of the Hollywood sign from here as well as multiple trails to explore. The caves were manmade, of course, and have appeared in many films and TV shows -- but you probably know them best from the Batman TV series starring Adam West.

To the Bat Cave!

[photo by the author]