Places like this take some effort to get to. Of course, I don’t really think of it that way because the effort it takes pales in comparison to the experience. You can find the Fern Canyon turn off along the 101 through Redwood National Park at the Elk Meadow turn off. It is actually part of the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and costs $8 (exact change only or check) to park.
My parents were visiting during my boys spring break recently, I knew this was the first place I wanted to take them if the weather turned nice. It is a place I want to take anyone who visits here. You step into another realm once you make the first creek crossing. You really feel it, the change of pace, the childish impulses percolate from somewhere forgotten. To climb, run and stomp through the creek and to see if your voice echoes. The towering canyon walls are covered in emerald beauty feathered perfectly and adorned with raindrops and mist. All you can do is be here, experience every luscious shade of green and take your time. I know I will go back again soon.