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.
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Knapp's Castle is a privately owned landmark ruined mansion in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara, California.It was built in 1916 by George Knapp, the estate included 5 bedrooms, an organ room, and even an observatory.
Knapp's Castle is a frequent escape for locals when Santa Barbara is foggy (usually May and June) because the mountain top is usually above the clouds with a spectacular view of a non-foggy backcountry. To drive to Knapp's Castle exit the U.S. 101 Freeway at Highway 154 and then turn east on Camino Cielo Road at the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
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- E Camino Cielo Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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.
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 ...
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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.
According to the Santa Barbara Independent, the Santa Barbara County Planning Department issued a “stop work” order on any construction at Knapp’s Castle at the beginning of 2011. Based on the posted notice, it is possible that changes to the ruins could come in the future. Hike to Knapp’s Castle while you can.
- East Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, 93105