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Fern Canyon Scenic Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (4)

An easy and enjoyable trail that follows along the Little River.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Point to Point

413' 126 m

High

256' 78 m

Low

221' 67 m

Up

132' 40 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek

Family Friendly An easy trail with plenty to explore along the way.

Description

Start this trail at the Van Damme State Park parking area which is located at the end of a campground. Fern Canyon Scenic Trail (name according to park map) is a dirt road where motor vehicles aren't permitted. I found this portion to be very enjoyable and easy hiking, as the road follows a stream.

This section is especially scenic when the banks are filled with lush ferns. There are about six picturesque bridge crossings where it is pleasant to view the stream that passes below. This first part of the trail is 2.5 miles long and relatively flat. It ends where two trails split to create a loop.

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John Maurizi

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Several small bridges enhance the experience.
Jan 31, 2021 near Fort Bragg, CA
The stream alongside Park Road/Fern Canyon Trail.
May 3, 2017 near Fort Bragg, CA
Heading into the woods on Park Road/Fern Canyon Trail.
May 3, 2017 near Fort Bragg, CA
Dense vegetation grows along Little River on the Fern Canyon Trail.
May 26, 2017 near Fort Bragg, CA
Little River from the Park Road/Fern Canyon Trail.
May 3, 2017 near Fort Bragg, CA
Park Road/Fern Canyon Trail.
May 3, 2017 near Fort Bragg, CA

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