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Fern Canyon

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Address: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Gold Bluffs Beach, CA 95555
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+1 707-465-7354

This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.

This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.

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Well lets put it this way winter time yes summer time oh no! 1st the negatives- cash only and the sign that states that is at the top of the hill (2miles of muddy gravel road up... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Peter C

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Well lets put it this way winter time yes summer time oh no! 1st the negatives- cash only and the sign that states that is at the top of the hill (2miles of muddy gravel road up hill all the way) and its a very reasonable $8 bucks. 2nd is I drove a 92 accord wagon and had no idea... More 

Thank Peter C
Denair, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there with a friend of mine who had been there before. The access drive is a little far and rough but I was still able to slowly manage it in my Park Ave. It was well worth it. I didn't take the entire hike only because I was not prepared and it was later in the day (side... More 

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The road closure to the parking lot made this a 8 mile hike for us! There was a rock slide and the signs directed us to the beach on the way there. Normally there's a parking lot right by the hike, but the road closure had our hike just to get there about 3.5 miles. The actual hike in Fern... More 

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Southeastern PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We visited Fern Canyon in October. There are no boardwalks and the water in the creek was ankle deep. We hadn't prepared so we ended up sloshing along in our hiking shoes. The canyon is gorgeous and worth the drive (and $6 day fee) to get to. A higher clearance vehicle is helpful (we had to ford a stream) and... More 

Thank Hi Flyer
Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

It’s a little out of the way to get to but it is worth the drive. Be prepared to be amazed as you walk through this gully that is covered with lush ferns of various types and colors. Also just be prepared! The hike requires some scrabbling over and under logs/fallen trees. Additionally, you will be walking in the water... More 

Thank Tonya33
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

I love Fern Canyon. We went the day after it rained it was just magical. I think its best place I have hiked and would do it again and again. Just be prepared to get wet.

Thank Marlaine R
Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Our family of five with three kiddos under 10 loved the hike through the canyon. The cool water stream and the sheer cliff walls covered with ferns made for a great adventure for our kids. Lots of trees and rocks to boulder over and plenty of places to wade through the creek if you like a little adventure. We would... More 

Thank TeamHovis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

From the atmospheric drive in through to the exploration of the canyon itself, this place really captures the imagination and inspires the spirit of adventure - not surprising that it was the location for some scenes in Jurassic Park II. A 'must-visit' if you are within travelling distance. Highly recommended.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I've never seen anything like it. Takes tranquility to a new level. Best to go early morning to avoid the crowds.

Thank SLCAndrus
Greenwood, IN, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This was not a planned stop but was well worth it! The rugged terrain was fun to drive through. Parking was limited at the site. The canyon was very peaceful and beautiful. The creek was not too high when we were there. The walking trail is also a bit rugged but fun.

Thank Amy B

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