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Beautiful to drive to a memorable hike

If your visiting Redwood National and State parks this is a beautiful area to visit. From the 101... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michael L
Always great!! Wear waterproof boots!

This place is so fun.. walking up the canyon win deep fern walls all while balancing over rocks... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Growl G
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This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.
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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Gold Bluffs Beach, CA 95555
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+1 707-465-7354
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 8, 2012

It takes a bit of effort to get to Fern Canyon - but it is easily worth the trouble. From the 101 you take a road that quickly goes from paved to hard packed dirt through the Redwood Forest. The road is windy and narrow...More

7  Thank TexasTraveller56
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 22, 2017

Landslides have closed all vehicle access to Fern Canyon. You can still access it from the Prairie Creek Visitors Center with a 4+ mile hike (each way) Still a 5 star attraction to those who can make the trip!

6  Thank chrisbT8957OF
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If your visiting Redwood National and State parks this is a beautiful area to visit. From the 101 freeway you’ll turn towards the coast on Davison Road. This road takes your vehicle through a beautiful forest and ends a Gold Bluffs Beach Road. Somewhere along...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is so fun.. walking up the canyon win deep fern walls all while balancing over rocks, logs, full trees.. it’s cool to see how far up the canyon you can get while keeping your feet dry.

Thank Growl G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we road on the Davidson Road, we saw several people with cameras. There were lots of elks and they were not scared. I too joined them and took pictures. it is not every day that we can see elk. Worthwhile to see!

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I hiked this area this past summer and it was incredible. You can park close to the trailhead near the beach if you have a vehicle that can pass a few good size puddles or walk the beach about 1.5 miles from the camping area....More

Thank DayTrip783877
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

The weather is still great (67 degrees) and the crowds are low. If you want to see where parts of the Jurassic park series were filmed , this is it The road has been improved getting out there if you haven't been there for a...More

1  Thank 585janar
Reviewed September 20, 2018

We came all the way across the globe to see this but unfortunately the day we came to visit the road to Fern Canyon was closed. We were a bit sad that we couldnt see the canyon with our own eyes but reading others' reviews...More

2  Thank sitihajarmadina
Reviewed September 10, 2018

The road into Fern Canyon is a rough dusty road with three to cross to get to the main parking lot or you can park before the streams and walk in. We drove through them with my Honda CRV with no problem.We have been to...More

Thank cjf4801
Reviewed September 9, 2018

This was one of our favorites during our tour of Northern California. We were surprised how treacherous the road leading to it was. it is a tight 2 lane dirt road without guardrails. We were laughing because we drive a Jeep Wrangler at home and...More

Thank GBMomof3
Reviewed September 5, 2018

We did the James Irvine Minor's Ridge Loop hike from Gold Bluffs Beach campground and the trail went through Fern Canyon. It is amazingly beautiful. Don't miss it.

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed August 28, 2018

If you are looking for a mild adventure, this is the place. It takes a little work to get there. First drive a 3 mile narrow (one car wide in some parts) dirt road winding through the trees until you get tot the ranger station,...More

Thank Dean B
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Atreuh
June 13, 2018|
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Response from Victoria B | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't consider it off road as there is a road, but parts of it are not maintained well. I would check with different rental car companies and see what their contract says.
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Heather S
January 10, 2018|
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Response from Peppertaz | Reviewed this property |
I was there in the spring there was lots of water flowing, many waterfalls coming down the sides of Canyon and ferns were beautiful. I have heard some summers there is way less water. But I think it would be beautiful all... More
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