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Fern Canyon

CA
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Ranked #194 of 4,883 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place! The trail has huge canyon walls with thick ferns covering them. You wind along by a stream (you do have to cross it a few times and the boards placed over the water don't always keep you above the water so your feet will get a little wet). Some of the rocks are a little slippery... More

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Krum, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you do nothing else in the area, you must see Fern Canyon. We traveled to every National park and this was our personal favorite spot. Truly beautiful, it was like being in another world with the canyon walls covered in ferns, the dripping water, the huge fallen logs, really lovely. The sounds, sights and smells of the canyon are... More

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Rochester, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was a great hike through 50 foot high walls of ferns. It was fun walking through the creek (water is chilly and prepare to have wet feet) and climbing over very large logs. Jurassic Park 2 filmed scenes here and you can picture a dinosaur coming over a ridge. Take a moment to stand by the water dripping down... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Okay, it's not really Ewok city but they filmed part of Star Wars there. Bring a tripod...very low lighting. my shots were 10-20 seconds long and as it was a bit windy so the ferns moved a bit. Next time I will go early to avoid the wind. A little fog would be nice too. Please avoid holiday visit when... More

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California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
65 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

To get to Fern Canyon, you drive about 30 minutes on a dirt road. The start of the road is bumpy and steep, but it levels off and you drove along the coast for most of it. There are also several creek crossings, but we did it fine in a minivan. The canyon itself is amazing, so green and lush.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Our kids are 13 and 16. This hike meanders back and forth across a creek bed through a lovely and lush canyon. While the ground in this area is generally flat, the hiking is not because at many points you will find yourself climbing over the tops over very large trees. The boards that cross the creek are generally well... More

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Bend OR
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13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We enjoyed scurrying up fallen trees and rocks and over creeks in our hike up fern canyon. Our map called this hike "easy" and yes it was as long as you are pretty "sure-footed". The kids enjoyed it more than they anticipated. Glad we didn't skip this one. Beautiful spot.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The adventure begins on the dirt and gravel road to Fern Canyon.It is a bit twisting and very narrow at times.We had a truck in front of us making for a dust cloud that impaired our vision.Not so good.I think I held my breath all the way to parking lot! But once there,it is soooo worth it! If your favorite... More

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Bellflower, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The major things you need to know: the road to the parking lot/trailhead is winding, bumpy, narrow, and it dips into 2-3 creeks - TERRIFYING for a city slicker like me. It costs $10 to park for the day at the trailhead / Gold Bluffs Beach. There are restrooms at the parking lot, but NO sinks or soap. The trail... More

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Martinez, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

After a long, bumpy and winding road (enter from Davison, off 101 north of Orick) you park at the trailhead for Fern Canyon. There is an easy trail a little ways back from the parking lot, and then you start hiking up the canyon. Make no mistake, you are hiking into a canyon, there is no "improved" trail here. At... More

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