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Fern Canyon

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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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A fun hike

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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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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6 helpful votes 6 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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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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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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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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13 helpful votes 13 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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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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