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Dusty Road But Worth It

The road into Fern Canyon is a rough dusty road with three to cross to get to the main parking lot... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Montesano, Wa
Fern Canyon

This was one of our favorites during our tour of Northern California. We were surprised how... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Grand Blanc, MI
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This secluded canyon, home to many ferns, makes for an interesting hike.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Siti Hajar M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Your visit to Redwood Coast is not complete without visiting Fern Canyon. Water through the waterways in the canyon. Go through till the end, every minute spent is well worth it. The weeping walls of ferns is poetic and you will not stop taking pictures....More

1  Thank conshome4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It took longer to drive the dirt road to get to the hike than it did to actually do the hike--Fern Canyon is pretty small, though there were trails leading off it that might allow for a longer hike. There is also a beach if...More

1  Thank emarienyc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular mini hike! Beautiful emerald green fern canyon, not too busy and we saw huge elk right near the entrance.

Thank BryantFraley
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the turn off for fern valley and found a big elk herd. From here we took a windy road and a couple of creek crossings that you need to be careful with. Short hike and you are in fern valley which is beautiful....More

Thank lubesdad
Reviewed August 12, 2018

a drive down a dirt track and past the beach gets you to this canyon, go early to avoid the crowd (another person) The canyon is a world away from the giants in the park, peaceful and green - a lovely place to visit for...More

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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.
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