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Fern Canyon

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Ranked #313 of 4,681 attractions in California
Type: Canyons
Description: This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I don't normally review attractions, but this is a hidden must see. Come in the morning when the sun seeps through the branches and climb, jump and, sometimes, wade your way upstream. Take a rest in the sun on the tree trunks that have fallen down into the canyon. Accessible by pretty much all cars and worth the drive. Magical... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Somewhat exaggerated walk and easy to wander off track. Be prepared to get wet. Pretty ferns, but probably would not go again. Good to see elk nearby on the beach. Need to ford small steams on the road in, so allow for this if in a rental car before deciding to visit, otherwise the walk is even longer.

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Buena Park, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
49 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Imagine walking through a narrow canyon where the walls are completely covered by luxuriant ferns and mosses and are dripping with moisture like constant mini waterfalls. A stream flows down the middle offering a challenge to your hike. An unforgettable natural wonder that is so beautiful and prehistoric looking with all the giant ferns, five different kinds of them, that... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Read the info pack which said it was a one mile circular walk, and it is one mile, and it is circular, but it is definitely not a walk! It took a while to get around, it was great fun and involved climbing over fallen trees, jumping over the stream and generally planning how to get to the next dry... More

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Martinez, California, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Great little hike for a clear day after the rain. This is not snow-melt run-off, so the water is cold, but not painfully so. Wear shoes that drain, like running shoes, rather than hiking boots that hold water. You will have water up to your knees, so don't even pretend you'll keep your feed dry. Totally worth it for the... More

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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Our whole group loved Fern Canyon. Half of our group began at the Prairie Creek campgrounds visitor center and hiked Irvine trail through the redwoods. We loved hiking through the redwood forests and seeing the giant trees. It awed all in the group. Then at the end we descend into Fern canyon and out to the beach. Fern canyone was... More

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san diego
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

romantic, green, moist, like entering a fantasy world. You'll get wet feet. If you are just doing the fern canyon loop, at the top hike a bit further into the redwood forest to Baldwin Bridge - great views.

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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
31 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This place is pretty surreal. Beautiful. Depending on how much water is flowing in the creek they have little wood "bridges" in place but apparently these get taken away at certain times of year. We went in August and I was worried it was going to be dried up but it was absolutely amazing. Might have been even better a... More

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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

DO NOT PASS THIS UP! We arrived later in the day (3pm) and it was just perfect. There was not a soul in sight, and we had fern canyon all to ourselves. We traversed over the logs and stones placed in the creek so we could explore deep into the canyon - it was so fun! I am an avid... More

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Eureka, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Fern Canyon is about 50 miles north of Eureka and well worth the trip.head up 101 when you come to Davison Rd.,turn left.Also known as Elk Meadows.first you will see many elk.continue on a dirt ,but smooth road about 8 miles.You can see many elk on the way.you will come the coastline.There will be a parking lot.Head north and there... More

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