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About Fern Canyon Beach in Orick, California

Fern Canyon Beach Day-Use Area is at the north end of Gold Bluffs Beach where Fern Canyon opens up to the Pacific Ocean in northern Humboldt County. The Fern Canyon Loop Trail, with high fern-covered canyon walls, is a real highlight and makes a memorable hike from the beach parking area. Longer hiking and backpacking options and even mountain biking options exist from this trailhead.

On your drive to Fern Canyon Beach, you’ll spot Gold Bluffs Campground where you can stay overnight. North of the Fern Canyon Day-Use Area is Ossagon Creek Beach and Ossagon Trail Camp, a walk-in camping area for backpackers.

It is a long drive out here, but worth the all-day trip from wherever you start from. To get here from Highway 101 north of Orick, just turn onto Davison Road which turns into Gold Bluffs Beach Road and drive to the very end. The entrance station is at about four miles from the start of the road and Fern Canyon is at eight miles. A day-use fee is charged for all entering vehicles. Note that long RV’s and trailers are prohibited on this road. Fern Canyon is part of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Gold Bluffs Beach Rd
Orick, CA 95555
Park Name
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Murrelet State Wilderness
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on trails
Fee for day-use and camping
Hiking, Backpacking, Beachcombing, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Birdwatching, Beach Walking
Fern-Covered Canyon, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Driftwood, Trails
Map of Fern Canyon Beach
Del Norte, US
5:59 am, May 30, 2024
temperature icon 46°F
L: 46° H: 67°
Feels like 45.16 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:45 am
Sunset: 8:42 pm
Humidity 69 %
Pressure1021 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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