Explore Fern Canyon


Added by Juan Moreno

Amazing Landscape. Forest Canyon. Photo Overload. Great Hiking. Creek. Beautiful Lighting. True Northern California Treasure. Lots of Ferns.

Fern Canyon is located within Gold Bluffs Beach at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park located some 45 miles south of Crescent City, CA. Entrance to the beach area is located on Davidson Rd off the US-101 in Orick, CA. You will need to drive for about 6 miles on the dirt road at the turn of Davidson Rd. Lookout for the signs. Pay the day use fee to enter the State Park. You can do Fern Canyon in one day.

The trailhead begins at the parking lot which the dirt road ends at. The creek will be about 1/4 of a mile down the trail and this is where you follow the creek to the right. Fern Canyon begins here. Waterproof shoes are suggested unless you don't mind getting your feet wet.Feel free to explore as far in as you want. Just about everything here is worthy of a shot. The views are stunning. Word is that there is a trail the runs along the top off the canyon for those that want a longer hike. Other trails are located within this area leading to a waterfall. Long Exposure shots are nice here.

Check the forecast before you go. Fog is common in the area and when the sun peaks through, that is when the magic happens. This is a forest so be aware of your surroundings and travel in groups. Wildlife is common here. Check the National Park Service site for details on wildlife in the area and what precautions you should take.

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6 months ago

Bring Your Sandals!

I love green, so this hike was a dream! #imapoet You spend a lot of the hike splashing through the creek, so bring your tevas and chacos! The trail is pretty shaded so you may want to bring a jacket. Also, don't turn around until you've reached the giant fallen trees! They're great for climbing on and taking pictures.

over 2 years ago

Peaceful Beauty

It was a relaxing short hike. Pack your waterproof boots will need those.

nice hike

would do it again.


As a beginner in both hiking and photography I really liked this trail. Although it was a bit more wet than I thought it would be. I did have trouble taking an interesting picture just because there was so much to look at. Keep in mind that there is a fee of 8 dollars for day use since it's a state park and there are no dogs allowed on the trail. I may have brought my dog anyway and he loved it as much as I did.


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over 4 years ago

Worth the Drive Out There

This place is pretty magical despite the long, dirt road to get in there! Kids loved jumping over the small streams.

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