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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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Beautiful primordial feeling and elk sightings

We went in the third week of May. We took highway 101 to Elk Meadow (there is a parking area and restrooms by Elk Meadow) and then up Davison Road. The road, while unpaved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Vonore, Tennessee
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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We went in the third week of May. We took highway 101 to Elk Meadow (there is a parking area and restrooms by Elk Meadow) and then up Davison Road. The road, while unpaved, narrow, and curvy, was hard, and we did not have problems with potholes. We arrived before 10 a.m. There were no elk on the meadows then,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This was a wonderful 1 or 2 mile walk up a mostly dried-up creek bed (but there were some areas where we had to walk over logs or rocks to try to stay out of the water). My 5 and 9 year olds had a great time - lots of great places to take pics. It really is like Jurassic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I am totally baffled by the prior reviewer, especially considering that they were only here a week before us (according to the date), and they said the ferns were all dead and brown. I wonder if maybe they were lost and didn't do the proper trail? We went and it was absolutely spectacular! Pay the $8 State Park fee (it's... More 

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Seattle, WA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We were there in April, which may not be the best time to go (except that it is much less crowded). Eight miles of gravel, mud and potholes they call a road and an $8 entry fee only to find all the ferns were dead and brown. I am not entirely sure it would have been worth it in summer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Me and my family visited Fern Canyon and had a awesome time! We saw herds of Elk on the way in and had the best time exploring the canyon of ferns. If you are close, don't miss it, it's well worth your time!

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Pine Grove, California
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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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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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