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Franklin Canyon Park

2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, California 90210 USA

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“featuring the pond from the Andy Griffith Show”

Franklin Canyon Park is a public park located near Benedict Canyon at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. The park comprises 605 acres, and is located at the purported geographical center of the city of Los Angeles.  The park features a 3-acre lake, a duck pond and over five miles  of hiking trails. The lake and pond are visited by birds in the Pacific Flyway. The park was used for the hitchhiking scene in It Happened One Night, and the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show. The lake was also frequently seen in the Nickelodeon show Salute Your Shorts. full list of Movies and TV Shows shot here: TV Show The fishing hole, Myers Lake, from The Andy Griffith Show is Franklin Lake Bonanza  Lassie  That Girl  How the West Was Won Some alien landscapes from Star Trek, including The Paradise Syndrome  Most episodes of Combat! The Brady Bunch Matlock Quantum Leap Hunter  Dynasty  Falcon Crest  Camp Runamuck  The Young and the Restless  Murder She Wrote  NCIS  CSI: NY  Criminal Minds  Sons Of Anarchy  True Blood  Twin Peaks  Doogie Houser, MD  ER  Will And Grace  How I Met Your Mother JAG  According To Jim  Salute Your Shorts  Film The characters portrayed by Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable attempt to hitchhike in It Happened One Night.  The lagoon from Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) is Franklin Lake. The duck pond next to the resesvoir was used in On Golden Pond (1981) Claudette Colbert's famous hitch-hiking scene from It Happened One Night (1934), as well as rural roads were filmed here.  Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)  A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Private Lives (1931)  The Silence of the Lambs (1991)  Camp Nowhere (1992)  Kindergarten Cop (1990)  The Great Outdoors (1988)   The Manchurian Candidate (1962)  Drowning Mona (2000)  100 Million BC (2008)  These Three (1936)  The Man (1972)  Four Men and a Prayer (1938)  Bittersweet Love (1976)  I Met My Love Again (1938)  The Lady Escapes (1937)  Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)  Platoon (1986)  Big Momma's House (2000) Minority Report (2002)  Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004)  When A Stranger Calls (2006)  Georgia Rule (2007)  All About Steve (2007)  National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)  I Love You, Beth Cooper (2008)

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Anna Hider

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July 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

Both the pond and the park were used heavily by early television production companies in the 50’s and 60’s as a close and cheap way of shooting on location in a wooded area. This meant a massive amount of TV’s most classic programs were shot here including Lassie, The Brandy Bunch, Star Trek, and Bonzana. You can go re-live some of your favorite scenes for yourself!!

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Franklin Canyon Park

2600 Franklin Canyon Dr
Beverly Hills, California
90210 USA
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