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Fern Canyon

Redwood National Park, Near Orick, California, CA Located within Redwood National Park
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Ranked #106 of 4,996 Attractions in California
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
Description: This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.
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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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235 reviews 235 reviews
107 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

If you're contemplating a visit to Fern Canyon, you should be prepared to take your time. The entrance road is about 8 miles long and it's a dirt road. The CA parks association has done a good job of fixing some of the potholes, but it remains a steep, narrow, sinuous road down to sea level. At that point, you... More

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Bakersfield, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
50 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Located within the Elk Prairie State Park, this is one of the few places where a day use fee is imposed. It is $8.00 payable at a kiosk or at the campground. Senior Interagency Pass Holders are free, but still need to complete the envelope. Be aware a creek needs to be driven through in two places. Regular passenger vehicles... More

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Rexburg, Idaho
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was truly one of my favorite things I have ever done. It was so unique and interesting. So different. So... magical. Its a little pocket of wonder that not very many people know about, but once you discover it it quickly becomes the favorite part of your whole trip. It was for us! A nice little hike, the kids... More

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Rogers, Arkansas, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This was better than the great reviews I read. It is an unique experience that you must do if you can physically hike in low water and over small foot bridges. The ferns literally create walls and it is a wonder world place as a result.

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Wheaton, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Easy hike kids will love it! They will get wet and sandy (duh) drive in is easy did not need jeep plenty of toyotas in lot. Elk, dolphins, trees to climb, creek to splash, blackberries, awesome fern canyon. With kids you can just hike in and back it's not hard or far

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I went 6 months pregnant with my 3yo and 4yo and it was easy to do. The scenery is beautiful and the walk is fun. The loop is one mile long if you park at the right spot. Some travelers parked too early and added more miles. The best advice is just keep driving until the dead-end and not when... More

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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Was here over 15 years ago. They changed the path to walk in. We had to park 1 mile away. We buckled up and did it anyway. Still worth the walk in. It's breathtaking to see the walls of ferns. The water is low right now. The pathways have fallen trees to climb over and some parts of the stream... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A fabulous day spent walking in Fern Canyon. Follow one of the multiple trails through the forest, although be sure to note that they are not loop trails, so don't venture too far if you don't want to walk miles, or you will have to turn round and come back, like we did...although it was all great fun. A stunning... More

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New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous. I spent five days in/near redwood forest and this was one of the best trips! In order to get here, you can either pay $8 fee and drive on unpaved road or hike 5 miles. Next time I'd love to hike there.

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Sacramento, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is must visit if you are anywhere nearby. It is nature at its best. Once you enter the canyon you feel like you are in prehistoric times. The canyon walls are cover in lush green and towering trees. You follow the trail through a small creek, be prepared to get you shoes a little wet. Then you have a... More

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