I sooo agree with this choice. Fern canyon was GREAT! I am from the midwest and was in the area recently and would be considered your typical "Outsider". On our drive I saw the beauty that bordered the highway, the endless redwoods, the wandering elk, the massive ferns and the scent of pure fresh air. Definitely a redwoods area gem.
FYI...your father's ankle is much better and I got the mud out of my jeans from my great fall while performing my balancing act on a log.
The cement pad is a remnant of the water line used to fill steam locomotives back in the day.
I used to think that something should be "done" with that property, but I've changed my mind. Leave it the way it is.
If we wanted to improve public access, we'd have to buy the property from the private owner. Then we'd have to get all sorts of permits. We'd probably end up building a parking lot and we'd carve up the landscape with an ADA accessible trail. Basically, we'd screw up a good thing.
Another nice thing about the waterfall – when I go there I always have the place to myself. There is one thing, however, that we need to do. Measure the falls. That's on my to-do list.
When you walk down that treacherous trail, part way down there's a cement pad. Is that a remnant of the old mill?
As a neighbor of this beautiful waterfall, I can say that we love our little hidden treasure.
We just ask that visitors remember to be respectful of other's property (this is a private road, not a public park), take all your trash with you, and please, PLEASE keep your dogs leashed.
For anybody that visits this place, the last thing it needs is more publicity or the city to be involved. It now serves as a dumping ground for pot growers and meth addicts and a parking lot will just make it easier.
Every beautiful spot that nature has shouldn't be exploited and made accessible in the name of preservation... More visitors rarely brings preservation.
This place is considered sacred by local tribes, or so I have been told on numerous occasions when I have inquired about it to those that grew up here. That may be why there is no local promotion of it.
Sequoia Park is like Arcata's Redwood Park, but without transients hitting you up for money and food (for those daring enough to hold a picnic). My last visit to Redwood Park involved one in our group calling APD because transients had built a campfire on the outskirts of the forest, in full view of park visitors. Never mind that none of the free BBQ facilities were being used at the moment.
As far as Arcata playgrounds go, Rolly Slide Park is much better than Spinny Park. Are you kidding me?
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