This past week we’ve been driving all over Northern California visiting family and friends that are family. Our first stop was to Arcata, CA, which is where both my parents and their parents grew up. Humboldt County is such a beautiful and remote place, and holds so many special memories for me. Since Blake hasn’t spent time there, I was so excited to show him around. One morning, we decided to head up to Fern Canyon. It’s amazing – pictures just don’t do it justice.
Fern Canyon is just what it sounds like – a stream canyon lined by walls covered in several species of beautiful ferns. Add that to the moss all over, massive trees, and mini waterfalls – it feels magical.
Getting There – Fern Canyon is located inside Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. To get to Fern Canyon, you can either do a hike in (4.5 miles each way) or you can drive. To drive, you’ll take Highway 101 towards Orick. You’ll turn off onto Davison Road – it’s a dirt road but our Altima could handle it just fine ;). You’ll be on the dirt road for about 10 miles, and there will be signs clearly pointing you to Fern Canyon. If you have time and would rather hike, the hike is beautiful! You’ll park at the visitor’s center and take Prairie Creek Trail, which soon turns into James Irvine Trail. For more detailed information on the hike and a map, check here.
Insider Tip: Go early in the morning! As the day went on, the canyon got a little more crowded.
Fun Fact: Steven Speilberg filmed part of Jurassic Park II here!
Driving north on the 101 from Arcata early that morning, we passed by the lagoons – Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon. The morning fog was thick, and it was so so beautiful, we had to snap a couple of pictures! (PS – this comfy vintage gym sweatsuit from Nike is on sale big-time and available in lots of colors! I’ve been layering with it the whole trip to stay warm ;).)