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Fern Canyon, California
(4.8/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
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  • We visited Fern Canyon in October. There are no boardwalks and the water in the creek was ankle deep. We hadn't prepared so we ended up sloshing along in our hiking shoes. The canyon is gorgeous and w...  more »
  • It’s a little out of the way to get to but it is worth the drive. Be prepared to be amazed as you walk through this gully that is covered with lush ferns of various types and colors. Also just be prep...  more »
  • I love Fern Canyon. We went the day after it rained it was just magical. I think its best place I have hiked and would do it again and again. Just be prepared to get wet. 
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • One of the best hikes in northern California. Easy and pretty short but depending on the time of year be prepared to get your feet wet.