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Fern Canyon

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Ranked #154 of 4,958 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Curtice, Ohio
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This hike is out of the way and to drive to it takes a rough stone road and crossing a couple of shallow creeks, but it's worth it to experience an area that is truly primeval. The scenery is beautiful and the ability for the kids to explore but know they cannot get out of the canyon is awesome. We... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We hiked through Fern Canyon and what a great time it was! They have a small stream running through parts of it and the boards going over top of the stream are a little weak in places so, your feet may get a little wet but, nothing too bad. We saw a frog, quite a few slugs and birds. The... More

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Krum, Texas
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16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
70 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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