Going to Fern Canyon? Plan on a Longer Hike

Slide across road

[Photo from Redwood National Park]

According to Redwood National and State Parks,

When it rains, it pours–a lot of rocks! Davison Road is closed to vehicle traffic 1/8 of a mile past the Gold Bluff Beach entrance kiosk. A large, unstable and impassable landslide has blocked the road. In addition, Gold Bluffs Beach Campground, including the hiker/biker camp sites, is also closed due to the slide. For visitors still wishing access to the beach, very limited parking of ten cars or less is available at the parking area approximately 1/8-mile past the kiosk. Please do not park in front of gates.

Fern Canyon is open to hikers, and is approximately four miles round-trip from the parking area via hiking on the beach; however, be prepared for high water due to recent heavy rains. The area around the landslide is closed to the public due to continuing falling rocks. Davison Road at the Trillium Falls intersection is open. No estimates for re-opening past the gate, but we will let you know.



  • One can also access Fern Canyon from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center via the James Irvine trail, 4 miles each way and a fairly flat walk. This way one gets to see the giant Redwoods as well because accessing Fern Canyon from Gold Bluffs Beach does not include Redwoods.

  • Maybe the road will be fixed a little better.but wow such an amazing place.ha,when I was in 4th grade we took a school trip there,we all took our own sack lunch,ya my mom made me a meatloaf sandwich,it’s a long bus ride with the stinky sandwich.not fun.needless to say it some how got tossed.lol

  • Ahhhh! I love reading the comments section whenever I feel as if I need a little stimulation. After doing that, anything else just seems almost like an epiphany, a spiritual awakening. I love free speech!

  • Hey it might even be worth going out there to Camp again, now that there won’t be 600 kazillion tourists.

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