Before we visited the Redwoods, I had been religiously pinning things to see and do in Humboldt County. Fern Canyon was on the top of my list. It looked like something prehistoric, which is probably why Steven Spielberg chose it as a location for Jurassic Park 2. I'll show you how to enjoy this unique treasure hidden in the Redwoods.
Once you are inside the Redwood National Park, follow US101 until you reach Elk Meadow. Follow this all the way through til a dirt road and proceed 6 more miles. When you reach Gold Bluff Beach kiosk, you'll be asked to show an interagency pass or pay $8. The road goes about 3 more mile until you reach a parking lot. From here you can venture down to the beach, but the real prize is Fern Canyon. There are vault restrooms here as well.
It was very rainy the day we decided to visit, but I imagine it most always is. Starting on the trail, you walk for about a quarter mile until you reach the actual mouth of the canyon.
There are 5 different types of fern that live here, plus tons of moss and moisture loving plants. The canyon walls, which vary in height from 50-80 ft, and covered in these lucious green plants. We even found some interesting places where faux waterfalls were streaming down the canyon side.
There weren't many dry places to step, despite the fact that there were boards placed as bridges. We did have to climb over and under some fallen trees. This seemed to deter a lot of people from continuing on. Be careful because moss becomes extremely slick when wet.
By the time we returned to the car, we were soaked from head to toe. Tips: bring dry clothes to change into. You won't regret it.