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Fern Canyon, California

Categories: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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  • 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 ...  read more »
  • 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 ...  read more »
  • 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 photo...  read more »
  • Behind the emerald curtain, there are unique jewels that will leave you breathless, and Fern Canyon is one such place. Just an hour north of Arcata/Eureka, this hidden gem by the coast has visitors travel through coastal forests until they arrive at a grandiose divide in the cliff. Carved by a meandering stream, the walls shoot straight up 30+ feet. The walls are covered in micro ferns which are kept moist by fog and waterfalls. The canyon provides a hike that goes back around a mile, and after the canyon, its just a short trek to the beach, which is some of the most beautiful of beaches - with only a handful of humans around, its unlike anything you will find in so-cal. During the Grey Whale migrations, its possible to see whales not more than 20 feet off the beach feeding in the surf. Way worth the effort to get out here.
  • Wow what a drive to get here but it's worth it. One of the most beautiful places. I've been going here since I was a wee boy and I love it each time. The hike up the canyon is easy and beautiful.
  • Visited in April; the foot bridges were NOT yet placed by the park service. 1. Bring mosquito repellant and wear a long sleeved shirt and a sweatshirt with a hood. 2. Prepare to have wet feet (remember I said we went in April before the bridges were laid out); wear shorts or capris and bring a towel, fresh socks, and fresh shoes to change into when you get back to the car. 3. Realize that some low-clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles will have to park as far away as two miles from the normal parking area and this could make for a very long, wet walk back to the car (especially if you have little ones). Once you get to the "normal" parking area the canyon is a short 10-15 walk on a decent trail. 4. Prepare to have $8 cash just to enter the park. 5. Know that vehicles larger than 8 feet in width and 24 feet in length are prohibited. Trailers are prohibited. 6. A sign said "no dogs", but we saw dogs everywhere and some were off their leashes. No Rangers for a thousand miles, it seemed. 7. The "loop" portion of the trail is closed (landslide: as of April 2016) so you have to hike back out of the canyon the way you hiked in 8. Food options are extremely limited in both directions (north and south) on 101 so bring some food. 9. No cell phone reception.
  • Towering walls of ferns line this beautiful canyon. It is truly immersive and must be experienced first hand. Jurassic Park park filmed parts of their movie here. Beware of the road to get here though. It is pretty rough with a couple shallow creek crossings which a two wheel drive car should cross with precaution.
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park movie was shot here. If you are interested is getting a glimpse of how ferns look take the 6 mile hike from prairie creek visitors center. The hike is out of the world. The sights sounds are awesome. Never been to a greener place than this in the US.
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