Redwood National Park Sights

Fern Canyon

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  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Enter another world and be surrounded by 50-foot canyon walls covered with sword, deer, and five-finger ferns. Allow an hour to explore the ¼-mile-long vertical garden along a 0.7-mile loop. From the northern end of Gold Bluffs Beach it's an easy walk, although you'll have to wade across or scamper along planks that traverse a small stream several times (in addition to driving across a couple of streams on the way to the parking area). But the lush, otherworldly surroundings, which appeared in Jurassic Park 2, are a must-see when creeks aren't running too high. Motorhomes/RVs and all trailers are prohibited on the road to Fern Canyon. You can also hike to the canyon from Prairie Creek Visitor Center along the moderately challenging West Ridge–Friendship Ridge–James Irvine Loop, 12½ miles round-trip.

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North of Gold Bluffs Beach, Orick, California, 95555, USA


Published 07/06/2016


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