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Fern Canyon

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Address: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Gold Bluffs Beach, CA 95555
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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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Road Closed Made Hike 8 miles!

The road closure to the parking lot made this a 8 mile hike for us! There was a rock slide and the signs directed us to the beach on the way there. Normally there's a parking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 29, 2016
Timothy Y
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Redwood City, California
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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

The road closure to the parking lot made this a 8 mile hike for us! There was a rock slide and the signs directed us to the beach on the way there. Normally there's a parking lot right by the hike, but the road closure had our hike just to get there about 3.5 miles. The actual hike in Fern... More 

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Southeastern PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

We visited Fern Canyon in October. There are no boardwalks and the water in the creek was ankle deep. We hadn't prepared so we ended up sloshing along in our hiking shoes. The canyon is gorgeous and worth the drive (and $6 day fee) to get to. A higher clearance vehicle is helpful (we had to ford a stream) and... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

It’s a little out of the way to get to but it is worth the drive. Be prepared to be amazed as you walk through this gully that is covered with lush ferns of various types and colors. Also just be prepared! The hike requires some scrabbling over and under logs/fallen trees. Additionally, you will be walking in the water... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

I love Fern Canyon. We went the day after it rained it was just magical. I think its best place I have hiked and would do it again and again. Just be prepared to get wet.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Our family of five with three kiddos under 10 loved the hike through the canyon. The cool water stream and the sheer cliff walls covered with ferns made for a great adventure for our kids. Lots of trees and rocks to boulder over and plenty of places to wade through the creek if you like a little adventure. We would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

From the atmospheric drive in through to the exploration of the canyon itself, this place really captures the imagination and inspires the spirit of adventure - not surprising that it was the location for some scenes in Jurassic Park II. A 'must-visit' if you are within travelling distance. Highly recommended.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 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 October 12, 2016

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.

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

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 October 4, 2016

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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