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. Reservations will be required May 15th to September 15th. Reservations are not required September 16th to May 14th. 
Apply for a Permit: https://www.redwoodparksconservancy.org/permits/fern-canyon-permits

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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