Knapp's Castle is a privately owned landmark ruined mansion in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara, California.Built in 1916 by George Knapp, the estate included 5 bedrooms, an organ room, and even an observatory.
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Knapp's Castle, in the mountains above Santa Barbara, on a plot of privately-owned land surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest, is a popular place because of its intriguing look and incredible view of the Santa Ynez Valley and backcountry. Locals and tourists from all over the world travel to this unique vista.
Aug 29, 2020 · Knapp’s Castle is a very popular hike in the hills above Santa Barbara, both because it has fantastic views and because it is less than a mile round trip. As of 2020, the hike is on private property and it is no longer accessible to the public since it is being rebuilt. I left this post up to show what it used to look like though.
Tucked high up in the hills of Santa Barbara lays the skeletal foundation of what was once an elaborate “castle”. George Owen Knapp built the 160-acre home in 1915. Born in 1855 in Massachusetts, Knapp was a businessman and civil engineer by trade. He helped found Union Carbide Corporation and served as company president for 22 years.
Knapp's Castle can be a short destination of its own on a warm summer night to watch the sunset if you start from East Camino Cielo Rd. instead. See the map and directions to the trailhead. You will need an Adventure Pass Pass to park your car at the bottom. Actually, I'm not sure if this is still true so you might ask the ranger to be sure.
Now a popular hiking destination, Knapp’s Castle in the Santa Barbara hills was once the luxurious home of a chemical magnate who had the good fortune of selling the estate just weeks before it...
In the mountains above Santa Barbara, a plot of privately owned land surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest. On that land stand the remains of a palatial estate that burned down seventy years ago, the so-called Knapp’s Castle. To the ruins and back is a 0.8-mile round trip hike with 50 feet of elevation change.
- East Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, 93105
At the site the walls provide abundant places to rest, to marvel at the 180 degree views offered of Santa Barbara’s mountainous interior, and to begin to picture in your mind what the Castle might once have been like when the rich made their way here for one of Knapp’s famous social engagements.
Knapp's Castle Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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