Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods SP

Fern Canyon is a remarkable place. A level trail of about one mile follows Home Creek as it courses through the forest. This modest stream has over the eons carved a 50 to 80 foot deep canyon through the rich sedimentary soils. The canyon walls sprout an amazing variety of luxuriant ferns and other moisture-loving plants. On a sunny day, thousands of tiny drops of moisture make the canyon walls sparkle.

Due to the volume of visitors, California State Parks / National Park Service will require Day Use Permits to access to Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon from May 1st - September 30th. Permits will not be required from October 1st - April 30th. Apply for a Permit: https://www.redwoodparksconservancy.org/permits/fern-canyon-permits

Please note that in 2022 Davison Road will be closed starting on September 26 through September 30 for grading. Permits for the Gold Bluffs Beach Day-Use Area and Fern Canyon will not be available. 

Alternatively, Fern Canyon can be reached by a moderate nine-mile hike on the James Irvine Trail, beginning at the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park visitor center.  If you choose to hike in no permit is required.


SPECIAL NOTICE: In winter months and after rains access to the canyon can be limited.  Call 707-488-2039 for detailed info and road conditions.

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