Fern Canyon lets you take a leisurely stroll, leave everything else behind and enter a magical world. This beautiful natural wonder is a one-mile-long box canyon, complete with the creek that carved it. Its walls, completely covered in five different varieties of fern, tower up to 80 feet above. Huge overhanging trees grow at the top of the ridge, allowing streams of light to peek through the branches. When the filtered light combines with the iridescently green vegetation, the canyon glows, creating an otherworldly atmosphere.
Where: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 50 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101 on Davison Rd. Drive through Elk Meadow and onto a scenic six-mile dirt road to Gold Bluffs Beach. Follow the beach for three miles to a parking lot. (google map)
More Info: 707-464-6101 | CAParks.gov