Cool autumn evenings. The sound of a little rain falling. Moss and fern filled forests. Cozy cabins in the redwoods. And just to make this fall even more magical, throw in a few ethereal cascades. Imagine yourself waking up amongst the largest trees in the world and setting out into the day to explore ancient forests and these 3 gorgeous waterfalls that exist there….
The moment you enter Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, you will be totally mesmerized by the grand redwoods that surrounded you there. The fern-lined trail found here guide you through stands of 300-foot tall trees. Trek deep into old-growth forest on Boy Scout Tree Trail and arrive at Fern Falls, a 35-foot high cascade. The hike to the fall is approximately 6 miles rounds trip and can be accessed via Howland Hill Road, a narrow dirt road that traverses the park to the south. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers cabins in the redwoods close to the park and in nearby Crescent City. These quaint cabins make ideal bases for exploring this spellbinding recreation area.
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Gold Dust Falls
If you are like most visitor to the area you are probably planning a trip the Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Take an ever so slight detour from the canyon though and you can find yourself at the majestic Gold Dust Falls. From the parking area for Fern Canyon take a walk along the Coastal Trail for about a mile until you reach a path forking right. From this point you will hear the sound of water falling. The 1 mile trail to the falls is easy and definitely worth the detour.
The long and slender Gold Dust Falls spill from about 80 feet up against a sheer face of stone. It is absolutely mystical! Along the same trail, find 2 other really beautiful waterfalls, one just south and the other just north of Gold Dust.
By far one of the most popular hikes in the region, the Trillium Falls Trail is an excellent four mile long stroll through the tall redwoods of Redwood National Park, CA. You only have to walk an easy 0.3 miles to reach the fall itself though. While it may be a small fall, it is still a stunningly beautiful setting, full of moss and ferns, and of course the brilliant white trillium flowers.
Walking through the redwoods, stumbling upon a small waterfall, and watching many beautiful birds all add up to a pretty perfect hike. Relaxing afterwards in the nearby cabins in the redwoods complete the journey.
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Coastal waterfalls here in California are somewhat rare. But the Redwood Coast provides a special surprise with the presence of so many within close proximity. And autumn is the perfect time of year to experience these Northern California waterfalls.
Cabins in the Redwoods To Book This Fall
After a long day of waterfall & hiking adventures snuggle up by the fireplace, listen to rain falling in the forest, or just relax in the hot tub at these top rated cabins in the redwoods….
Libby Forest Cabin is the perfect secluded rustic retreat, in a rural setting surrounded by beautiful Redwood trees.
This budget-friendly cabin is perfect for a couple or two friends to share. Here you can truly enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest with beautiful panoramic views of redwood trees and foliage, birds, and the occasional wildlife.
Here there is plenty of quiet for afternoon naps and time to read that good book you haven’t been able to get to. The sweet little kitchen is ideal for minimal cooking, with a small stove/oven, coffee pot, and selection of utensils for preparing light meals.
Enjoy the Redwood Coast at Strawberry Creek Cabin.
This studio style cabin features many new upgrades. It’s perfect for couples or the lone traveler. It has a private deck overlooking Strawberry Creek. And, it’s just a stumble from the Clam Beach Tavern which is a rustic, charming tavern frequented by locals.
The tavern features many games including pool table, giant sized Jenga, and a shuffleboard table. They may or may not have live music, but the drinks are always good.
The cabin is a short walk to the wonderful Clam Beach which has miles of rolling dunes, beach, and ocean. Or bring your bikes, or rent them nearby, and ride the fantastic coastline including the Hammond Trail.