Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods SP
- Address: Fern Canyon, Davision Rd. to Gold Bluffs Beach
- Gold Bluffs Beach, CA 95555
- Phone: (707) 465-7354
- Visit Website
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
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.