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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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Amazing drive!!!

Off of 101, Davidson Rd down to the canyon, dirt road with lots of large pot holes. Loved the drive!! We took our Tundra, no problems. Well worth the drive. Once on valley floor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Pine Grove, California
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Pine Grove, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Off of 101, Davidson Rd down to the canyon, dirt road with lots of large pot holes. Loved the drive!! We took our Tundra, no problems. Well worth the drive. Once on valley floor, big herds of Elk right on the side of the road. Stood for pictures, didn't run off. Fern Canyon is like going back in time, very... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is where Jurassic Park 2 was filmed. Unbelievable greenery; ferns and redwood trees are so lush. View Elk grazing on the ground cover. This was a wonderful outing for our whole family. Do not bring your dog, they are not allowed because of the wildlife.

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Twain Harte, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My hubby and I went to the coast last Oct. for my 64th b-day we started at Fort Bragg which I have already reviewed. the next day we headed north and stop at the different parks on the way. We went thr coastal Redwoods to Fern Canyon as we drove into the trail head we went thru a very thick... More 

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Pasadena
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Fern Canyon is worth the drive on the rough road to get there. We encountered lots of Elk on the road and also on the beach. The pathway to the canyon is well marked and is pretty accessible for those with walking issues. It's such a beautiful area in that part of California and for now quiet with very few... More 

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48 reviews 48 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Fern Canyon is a beautiful and unique hike. The route is not well marked, so make sure you know where you're going and be prepared to get wet and sandy. The parking lot/beginning of the trail is a great place for seeing the Roosevelt elk as well.

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Fern Canyon, located in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, is a canyon that has been carved by the rather modest Home Creek and whose shear 50ft (15m) walls are completely covered in fern giving a prehistoric feel to the area; enough so that it was used as a location in the filming of Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World and... More 

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Eastford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

One guy gave 1 star because the gate was closed. Well guess what. It floods too. You have to walk or learn how to drive. It's worth it. Beautiful views. Pretty abandoned beach. The Canyon itself is amazing looks like something prehistoric.

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Modesto, California
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We hiked in the canyon and loved every minute of it. I wish I had the foresight to bring rubber boots, since we had to cross a few creeks, and there was no way to avoid getting wet. Even with soaked feet, it was a very pleasant day.

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Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This was an absolutely beautiful place. Make sure to bring boots or be ready to get really wet from the knees down. Also make sure you stop on the beach too. The National Parks are so gorgeous. The trees on the way are amazing. It was a really beautiful day.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

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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