We were referred here by a ranger at Van Damme when they told us the fern canyon trail there was closed. The easy hike to the modest waterfall in Russian Gulch was wonderful Starts with about a mile of mostly paved track that is also open to bicycles. Then you can take the long trail (2+ miles up a side stream and over a hill, highly recommended) or continue up the main creekbed 3/4 mile to the falls. Hillside covered with ferns, serene surroundings, generally easy walking, impressive redwoods (albeit second growth) and it is the perfect recipe for a couple hour stroll. We ran into a couple who live in nearby Ft. Bragg and they said this was their favorite hiking area (they came in by a longer trail route).