Fern Canyon was a longstanding item on our bucket list, and after months of looking forward to hiking the unique location where The Lost World: Jurassic Park was shot, we got our wish. More than a wish, it was a dream. The hours we spent there felt unreal.

In Episode Three, we share our adventures in Northern California. This was our last stop before heading to Oregon and it was the perfect way to bid farewell to our home sate.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: Before making our way to Fern Canyon, we stopped for a rainy afternoon of fun at the boardwalk. There were only a few rides open, which worked out perfectly for our family. We got a taste of the experience without forking over too many dollar bills. With views of the beach, a coastal breeze, exciting rides, and carnival food, it was easy to see why the boardwalk is famous!

Azalea Glen RV Park: With a RV tire on the fritz and a rig full of dirty laundry, we were thrilled to get a reservation at this beautiful campground where we had full-hookups and access to a laundry facility. We usually avoid the more costly parks but in this case, we were in pretty bad shape and needed a few days of spoiling. It was a quick stay, but a lovely one, and we were only about 45 minutes away from Fern Canyon! You can read our review of Azalea Glen RV Park here.

Fern Canyon: Inside of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, the winding road is a lush, green oasis. Though steep in some places, and packed dirt and gravel, the road to the ranger station is a comfortable drive.

Where it gets tricky is the stretch from the ranger station to the parking lot for Fern Canyon. The dirt road is worn down, with several large dips and holes to content with. We only recommend driving if you are in a large truck or jeep. Otherwise, turn on your pedometer and enjoy the beautiful walk. You will cross a stream, pass wildlife, and have views of the ocean along the way.

Once inside of Fern Canyon, we were in awe. The Elk were grazing nearby, the ferns waved at us in the breeze and though frigid, the flow of water in the canyon provided hours of fun splashing for our children. No matter the time of year, this is a boots and rain gear location. You will be getting wet, but can dress to minimize just how wet.

This was one of our favorite locations and we hope that you will add Fern Canyon to your bucket list! Have you been? We’d love to know what your highlights were!

 

 

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