The former name of this park, Corriganville Movie Ranch, is now perhaps more famous for its association with actor and stuntman Ray “Crash” Corrigan. The ranch became an ideal filming location due to how versatile it was in providing scenery for sets from TV shows like Star Trek as well as other movies like Lone Ranger, which made them recognizable places all over again.
Corriganville Park is a hidden gem located at 7001 Smith Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063-4929. From its beautiful landscaping to its historical past as property once owned by Ray “Crash” Corrigan, this park has seen it all. The list includes over 3,000 movies and TV programs that were filmed here, including many epic Westerns starring Harry Carey Jr., Bronco Billy Owen, and Tim McCoy, among others who called these grounds home during their acting careers.
The Corriganville Park trails provide an excellent opportunity for visitors to enjoy nature and get in touch with their surroundings. The four different designated paths wind around the 246-acre property owned by Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District, which opened up access between miles upon miles of scenic views as well as other amenities such as picnic areas along each route. The four Corriganville Trails include the Loop Trail, Wildlife Corridor Trail, Lower Stagecoach Trail, and Interpretive Trail.
Corriganville Park is a haven for families with children and pets. The Loop Trail, which winds around the sandstone outcropping in the middle of the park, can be accessed from any point within its boundaries, making it of mild to moderate difficulty depending on your fitness level or age group (there’s no height requirement).
The Wildlife Corridor Trail can be found near the northeastern side of this park. To get there, follow signs from the Loop Trail; this trail is only 0.8 miles long. Hikers will experience a strenuous hike with steep slopes and cuts underneath the Ronald Reagan freeway. Once they reach their destination of reaching partway up Rocky Peak, there is an opportunity for rest or another adventure at this point in time before continuing on toward your final destination.
The Lower Stagecoach Trail extends from Lilac Lane and the north side of Santa Susana Pass Rd. for about 0.8 miles down to Corriganville Park (Loop Trail). The hike is a scenic one with views that change as you go, offering unexpected surprises every few feet on this natural walking path through lush greenery-filled woods.
The Interpretive Trail (1.2 miles) is a great way to get started exploring Corriganville Park. It’s the first visible trail you see when entering, and it includes 20 interpretive signs input by local Boy Scouts containing information about plant life in this part of Sherwood Forest as well as wildlife.