Waterfall Grove Trail is a 1.4 mile out and back trail located near Fort Bragg, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Approximately 15 miles east on highway 20 from Fort Bragg. Turn left (north) on Chamberlain Creek Rd. just E/O the Conservation Camp. Follow the dirt road north for approximately 3/4 mile and take the left fork and proceed another 3 to 4 miles. The trail head is about 1/4 mile S/O Three Chop Rd. (if you come to another intersection you have gone too far. The trail head is marked by a railing and stair on the west edge of the road. There is a small wooden sign marking the trail head.
I have been to this waterfall numerous times. I love the location however, the waterfall itself is not awe inspiring and the trail is steep and slippery. Plus you should know that this trail would be difficult for young children (-5). FYI
-The waterfall is a stream of water that has more volume in the winter months (Dec - April). This stream of water cascades over what looks to be a giant (and I mean giant!) black boulder. The structure of the waterfall is amazing, its just that the amount of water flow can be disappointing.
-The Location is amazing! Another post states that the location is "other-worldly" and I couldn't agree more! It looks like you have stepped into a movie. Beautiful redwood trees live and extremely tall along with some fallen redwoods that can be climbed on and experienced horizontally. There are also some beautiful clearings if you venture past the waterfall.
Overall I gave the trail 3 stars for the accessibility and the amount of water flow. The hike is also pretty short, and can be challenging on the way back.
It is a very short walk but it is steep and can be slippery. The falls is beautiful this time of year--not large but between the ferns and redwoods the setting is other-worldly.
To enjoy the redwoods go well beyond the falls and follow the trail for another 1/4 to 1/2 mile.
It is something to see but if you are looking for a good hike go somewhere else. It is primarily a nature walk and a photo opportunity. I rate it 3 because it is so short.
pretty sure u can sleep here and not get harassed for 24hrs, koa up the road towards Willits, if thats your sort of thing