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Address: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Gold Bluffs Beach, CA 95555
Phone Number: 707-465-7354

This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.

This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.

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Magnificent. Magical.

I've never seen anything like it. Takes tranquility to a new level. Best to go early morning to avoid the crowds.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've never seen anything like it. Takes tranquility to a new level. Best to go early morning to avoid the crowds.

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Greenwood, IN, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was not a planned stop but was well worth it! The rugged terrain was fun to drive through. Parking was limited at the site. The canyon was very peaceful and beautiful. The creek was not too high when we were there. The walking trail is also a bit rugged but fun.

Thank Amy B
Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fern Canyon is definitely worth the short hike from the parking lot. I recommend that you wear water-proof shoes, or at least shoes that you don't mind getting wet. There are a lot of areas where you cross streams on planks that may get your feet wet. When you arrive in the canyon., you won't believe the awesome scene -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I picked this one out because I had a few non-hiking types and a 4 year old girl with me, and it was great for everyone. This is one of those few special places that will definitely stand out in photos, and in memories. We got there on the early side (around 9 or 9:30) and had spectacular sunlight through... More 

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Vancouver, Wa.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

This was my 2nd time on this hike. A few years ago we did the long 11.6 mile hike from the visitor's center and back. But, we learned there is an 8 mile bumpy, gravel road to this trail. We had a sedan, which had no trouble on the partly rutted road. This hike is only about one mile. But,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This was such a cool hike. The canyon is covered in trees and is a rainforest. This was a filming location for Jurrasic Park, and I can see why. It is quite a spectacle. we did not know exactly what to expect, however the whole experience was fantastic. My parents who are older were able to walk into the canyon... More 

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Fern Canyon is a National Park. There is a fee for admittance, but a National Parks Pass gets you in. In order to get to Fern Canyon you must drive about 25 minutes (8 miles) on a gravel road to the park entry gate. This includes crossing over a few streams along the way. There is somewhat uneven footing on... More 

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Chardonne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

The drive all the way back to Fern canyon is pretty winding and bumpy so be prepared. Once there though it really is an amazing place. A really unique hike where you are basically hiking up a stream through a canyon. We went as far as we could and had a blast. I wish I had water proof shoes or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

You get to Fern Canyon by taking a rough and tumble dirt road that had some mid tire high water running that you have to drive through, so drive slow and carefully. Once you get to Fern Canyon, though, the ride there is insignificant, as this is one uniquely beautiful sight. A "canyon" in that it has high walls on... More 

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Pollock Pines, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a beautiful, easy walk up a small river through a narrow canyon. Made me think of the narrows in Zion.

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