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Address: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Gold Bluffs Beach, CA 95555
Phone Number: 707-465-7354
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Description: This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.

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Unbelievably Lush!!

I have hiked this short trail twice now, in the spring and summer. More of the ferns were alive when I visited in July versus in April. As we were driving to the trailhead, we saw... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I have hiked this short trail twice now, in the spring and summer. More of the ferns were alive when I visited in July versus in April. As we were driving to the trailhead, we saw some moose, so keep your eyes peeled. You also pass the seashore, if you'd like to stop on the beach. You walk along a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A beautiful little hike! You can just walk in part way if you aren't able to climb over logs and stones, or hike right in if you're more mobile. We decided to do the full loop which took us into the canyon and then up across the ridge at the top of the canyon and back down. Definitely a doable... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

On busy Saturday morning our family of 4 took a trail to the canyon from the visitor center. I preferred a 4.5 miles trail to the canyon because we wanted to feel the ancient forest atmosphere on our way. On the hike we stopped a couple of times for breaks. My 9 years old son surprisingly did very good during... More 

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San Ramon, CA USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I found this place by reading others reviews. The rest of the people in my group were very hesitant when we came up to the dirt road...but I convinced them to do it. It's about a 12-15 minute drive on the dirt road. You do have to pay $8 entrance fee since it is a state park. You are at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This was a short hike to see a beautiful canyon filled with ferns. We did this as a family event. My daughter, two grandsons 8&10, myself a grandma and my guy who is 75 all enjoyed this. I would suggest wearing good shoes as it has slick spots crossing a stream. Well,worth the time to go and see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Beautiful place to visit although quite out of the way. The road in from 101 is about 8 miles long. You do have to pay $8 to get in. The drive way really dusty and we've seen very shallow streams - i guess due to drought. The hike really easy and totally worth the drive. Great for any age but... More 

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Arcata, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Easyish hike through some gorgeous scenery--look up and you'll see ferns climbing all up and down the canyon (and maybe even some tiny, tiny waterfalls); look down and you might see some big fat yellow banana slugs. Be nice to the slugs; they're cool. Be careful on the drive up; we had to take our Ford Focus through what could... More 

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Spanish Fork, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Gorgeous place to visit although quite out of the way. The road in from 101 is about 8 miles long. You do have to pay $8 to get in. The drive way really dusty due to the drought. Fern canyon itself was beautiful. We hiked up a ways before turning around. Your feel will most likely get wet so wear... More 

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Scappoose, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This was amazing! Such a great hidden gem. Quite a drive to get back to see it but so worth it. The canyon is just covered in ferns and it's absolutely beautiful. We walked back in it for quite a ways and would have walked more if we hadn't arrived so late. Highly recommend the drive out here - you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you are visiting the redwoods, this is a must! A fun hike following the stream over trees and man-made low bridges. The walls are lined with ferns and it is absolutely lush and beautiful! Peaceful and quiet. It is a bit of a drive to get back to the trailhead, but worth the time and effort!

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