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Fern Canyon

Address: Redwood National Park, Near Orick, California, CA Located within Redwood National Park
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Ranked #97 of 3,932 Attractions in California
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Owner description: This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.
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Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Owner description: This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.
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north hollywoid
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We all had a great time walking up the canyon. It was beautiful! Crossing logs and wading through water only added to our adventure. It was crowded but there was enough space you would have the canyon to yourself at times. The drive there was awesome. And we had to drive through some water puddles that were from a recent... More 

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Wow, what an awesome little hike. The road in to Fern Canyon is a little rough, but passable with a minivan (we saw small 4-door cars make it just fine, as well); there are a few creek crossings, ruts, lots of twists and turns in the road. The trail in is maintained dirt/gravel. WEAR SHOES YOU CAN GET WET! We... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

There are two trails in Fern Canyon - a upper and lower trail. Both are spectacular and well worth the drive and stream fording to see. The canyon walls are about 80 to 100 feet in hight and covered from top to bottom in ferns, moss and fallen trees. Upon entering the canyon I felt as if I had been... More 

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Los Angeles
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

If you are visiting redwood national park, 2 parks are must. First is the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (beautiful drive on howland hill Road that lead to many hike trails) and second is Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The most magical trail that is missed by many visitors is the James Irvine trail to fern canyon (10 miles around... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I stopped to take a look at this little spot because of other reviews I saw here. Be warned that the road is dirty dusty, and you will cross a few streams on the way back. I was able to cross them in a Mazda 6, so they are not deep but you must drive carefully. Once you get to... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This one is off road, way off road but so worth the trip. Take Davidson off Highway 101 just North of Orick, Ca. Be prepared to drive a semi rough dirt forest road for about 8 miles where you will find a parking lot and bathroom facilities. From there a short hike up the creek along a canyon of ferns... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Fern Canyon is amazing. The walls in places are vertical and literally covered in ferns. Although there were a fair number of people when we went, it still felt magical. The hike is a lot of fun with little bridges crossing the stream and trees to scramble over.

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Berkeley, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
37 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Northern California is distinguished by its many great destinations in the natural landscape, and these include Fern Canyon. Fern Canyon is easily accessed from the highway by automobile, where this requires an 8-mile drive along a road that winds through a forest, which takes you to a parking lot that is within easy walking distance. In my experience, it is... More 

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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262 reviews 262 reviews
115 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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94 reviews 94 reviews
54 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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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