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Address: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Gold Bluffs Beach, CA 95555
Phone Number: 707-465-7354
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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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Ethereal, stunning, mystical hike!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
imawandrer
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Vancouver, Wa.

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Vancouver, Wa.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Dallas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Fortuna, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

Fern canyon is a place that needs to be on your list of places to visit on the coast in northern california. The canyon is cool and refreshing on a hot day.There are other trails to go on in addition to the canyon with the ferns,. but, the canyon is beautiful with walls of ferns, creeks, logs, etc. There are... More 

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Arcata, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

I've lived in Humboldt County for the past 32 years and Fern Canyon has consistently been my favorite place to visit and explore. The canyon itself is totally unique and absolutely stunning. The surrounding beach area is beautiful as well. Be aware the road out to the beach and canyon is a long, windy dirt road - no problem making... More 

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Novato, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see if you are close by. The only thing is you we'll need a nice care ash after the drive to the canyon.😉 Walls of fern and small stream going through it. I was told going to get with but I didn't.

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

We loved Fern Canyon. Definitely wear water shoes, Tevas or Keens. You'll want to walk through the streams and still be able to climb over the trees. It's beautiful and an "interactive" walk. We have 2 teenaged athletic boys, 15 and 13, who loved it.

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