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Address: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Gold Bluffs Beach, CA 95555
Phone Number: 707-465-7354
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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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We drove from Jedediah Smith campground. Hike for less than a mile. Fern looked amazing and so many. The hike is easy too. Perfect place to hike with young children.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kasleykasley
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Irvine, California

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Irvine, California
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove from Jedediah Smith campground. Hike for less than a mile. Fern looked amazing and so many. The hike is easy too. Perfect place to hike with young children.

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McCook, Nebraska
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We took a day trip down from Jedediah Smith State Park where we were camping. Admission is free if you are staying at a campground in the state park system. This place is super cool. The road is a bit rough getting there, with some small streams to drive over and lots of dust, but we saw sedans making the... More 

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Thank NebraskaChick23
PA
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475 reviews
219 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 318 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Hike this 0.7 mile loop trail to see ancient ferns of all varieties. Notes: take gravel Davidson Road to gravel Beach Road past Gold Bluff Beach to trailhead; trail is not level and there are some sections of hiking up and down on the loop; depending on the rainfall amounts locally, you may find it almost impossible not to get... More 

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Thank Chuck2010
Vadodara, India
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57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

spring water splashing our feet & making sweet flowing melody , a leisurely walk thru' the ravines surrounded by hillocks covered with Fern.Amazingly refreshing experience.Would like to come again & again.

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Thank ravindev
Los Angeles
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142 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Fern canyon is worth the detour from Redwood Highway 101. We didn't have much time but we made the roundtrip in about an hour. Turn off of Redwood Highway 101 onto Davison Road - about 5 minutes north of Orick. The paved road will quickly change to a dirt road. Stay to the right. The drive from Redwood Highway to... More 

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Green Oaks, Illinois
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This was a gorgeous place to visit and provides many great photo ops. Don't be worried about traversing the two tiny streams to get there. We did it in our sedan rental car! The canyon is a short walk from the parking lot so if you choose to not do the loop, it will be an easy walk. If you... More 

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Thank annincardona
Winnipeg, Canada
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82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Well worth the drive to Golds Bluff Beach to walk this other worldly beautiful peaceful wall of ferns. I wanted to hear the quiet but lots of others enjoying it too. Wear good waterproof walking shoes. It's also cooler in the gulley as it is fairly shaded.

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Thank Winterpeg880
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

We took our kids (ages 8, 6, 4) on a Saturday morning. Got there fairly early and we are glad we did because we had most of the canyon to ourselves the first half of the hike. Gorgeous walls covered in greenery, beautiful little stream, adorable little foot bridges, several large fallen logs to balance on or climb over or... More 

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Thank Mbfeldt
Nevada
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217 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

It been over 25 years and did not remember about Fern Canyon and we glad we return. Yes as reviewer mention the road and just take your time and enjoy the view. There is wildlife if you go early before the lot of people arrive. Also check out the beach.

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Thank Matusla
Seattle
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

My daughter did the short hike into Fern Canyon and were so glad we did. It was a beautiful place to visit. We both enjoy photography and were able to get some great shots. It was well worth the time to get there.

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