We entered the park and then drove down a six mile gravel, bumpy, winding, dusty road to a big parking lot from which you can either go into Fern Canyon or go in a different direction and go to the ocean on Gold Bluffs Beach. Both of these are within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. We’ve learned that the Redwoods are not just in one location, but are all along the coast in various Forests, National and State Parks.
There was no room in the parking lot for Boots so we parked along the side of the dusty road about a quarter mile from the parking lot. On our way there we saw the sign above that we were entering a Tsunami Hazard Zone…..
That describes Fern Canyon, an unforgettable natural wonder that Steven Spielberg chose as a location for Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World.
This level trail of about one mile follows Home Creek as it courses through the forest. This modest stream has over the eons carved a deep (50 to 80 feet) canyon through the sedimentary soils. The vertical walls sprout an amazing variety of ferns (five different kinds) and other moisture-loving plants and mosses. Depending on the time of year, there is a constant drip-drip of water trickling down the canyon walls.
During summer months, foot bridges are installed over the creek to make this trail easier (and dryer), but it is generally passable year-round if one is nimble and can tolerate getting damp. On to Gold Bluff Beach! It’s quite a trek to get to the sand and then another trek to the ocean. Roy’s knee was hurting so he waited for me sitting on a big log in the sand, while I went to the ocean to play. A panoramic picture of the beach and the path to the beach from where we parked. I slipped off a log I was walking across (you can see it on the walkway) into a bunch of wet mud on the way back which was lots of fun!!! Click on the panoramic picture to see it bigger!We’re resting today (Monday) enjoying eating watermelon, homemade gumbo and listening to some Gospel music! Tomorrow we’ll be back top laying and hiking when we visit Trees of Mystery down the road a bit!
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