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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Crescent City, California USA

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Opens Wed 8a
  • Independent
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  • Public
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“northernmost redwoods park”

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is the last in a long string of redwood parks that stretch up Northern California's coast. A few miles inland from the ocean, the park is densely forested with huge ancient trees. In fact, it contains seven percent of all the old-growth redwoods left in the world. No roads or trails mark "Jed Smith's" core—just pure, primeval majesty. The park was named for Jedediah Strong Smith, who in the 1820s became the first white man to explore the interior of northern California. The park was established in 1929 with a small parcel donated to Save the Redwoods League by the family of lumberman Frank Stout. Today, you can fish, snorkel, or kayak in the Smith River, the longest major free-flowing river in California; take a historic drive on Howland Hill Road; enjoy a campfire program at Jedediah Smith Campground; or hike through a lush rainforest on 20 miles of trails. The 1936 film The Last of the Mohicans was filmed just upstream, in the Smith River National Recreation area. “Thick redwood forest, banana slugs, a beautiful river, and pollywogs,” says Save the Redwoods League, which helped the state acquire more than 5,500 acres of redwoods here. “What more could you ask for?” Redwood National and State Parks Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park’s 10,000 acres are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and California State Parks, as are Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park. A World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, Redwood National and State Parks protect 45 percent of California’s remaining old-growth redwoods—an area almost four times the size of Manhattan Island. Cabins You don’t need a tent or an RV to enjoy the beautiful old growth redwoods! Jedediah Smith Redwoods Redwoods State Park offers you access to “get-away-from-it-all” rental cabins. Four cabins, all of which are ADA accessible, are located within the Jedediah Smith Redwoods Campground within Redwood National and State Parks. Cabins have electricity; heaters and lights. No kitchen or bathroom. Maximum occupancy is 6 persons. Each cabin has 2 bunk beds, each with a twin over a double in size, no mattress pads. Guest need to bring their own bedding. Space for a small tent outside to accommodate an additional 2 people max. Cabin rate includes entry for one vehicle; additional vehicles will be charged $8 per night. No Pets No Smoking, cooking or open flame inside the cabins. Cabins each have an outdoor Barbecue, fire pit, bear box and picnic bench. For more information on the cabins or to make a reservation go to www.reservecalifornia.com. *Credit Card required for check in process. Seasons/Climate Here at the confluence of the Smith River and Mill Creek, summer temperatures range from 45 to 85 degrees, in contrast to the cool, fog-bound coast. Winter can bring 100 inches of rain and temperatures between 30 and 65 degrees; snow is rare. Rules & Notifications • Don’t feed wildlife and keep your camp free of all traces of food. • Store food in an animal-proof food locker. • Place all your garbage in an animal-proof trash can. • Howland Hill Road is gravel and not recommended for trailers.

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

Scenic drives, great hikes, and an excellent visitor's center. Visit Stout Grove, you drive for a few minutes over unpaved road and then the trail is a half mile loop. It's an incredibly peaceful grove. You may recall it from the Star Wars movies as the Ewoks home. :)

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Greek_nomad

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August 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

The Jedediah Smith Redwoods is probably one of the best parks you will find in California. Massive redwoods are dominated the natural landscape that still gives you the impression of purity untouched by the mass human civilization

The place is massive and is ideal for hiking, especially for those who prefer to be alone, since barely you will see any people around. Except from the beautiful nature and wild life, another exciting fact about it is that parts of the blockbuster sequel Star Wars : Return of the Jedi were filmed in this area!!!

During spring and summer be aware of the bears !!! Nature at its best !!!

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Reviewed by
Famfun4

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August 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

AMAZING!!!! The best by far and we did them all. There was a ranger who does periodic tours so we jumped in with him and learned so much. Great place for pics.

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Reviewed by
nooneelsewaslooking

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April 13, 2014

The best red wood park we saw by far, all natural no signs posted all over no board walks, not a lot of people and not only are the red woods huge but these ones in this park are massive many fallen for the chance to climb on or good photo ops.

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Reviewed by
NDS147

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February 01, 2013

Del Norte Titan

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Reviewed by
CraigTaylor

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February 13, 2015

WAS BLESSED TO WORK HERE FOR THREE YEARS. LIVED AND WORKED ON JED SMITH PARK PROPERTY IN OUR LITTLE MOTOR HOME . SMITH RIVER IS FANTASTIC AND SALMON RUNS PASS BETWEEN SEASONAL BRIDGES THAT PARK EMPLOYEES PUT IN AFTER THE WORST OF THE SNOW MELT RUSHES PAST. THIS RIVER IS -- **WILD**-- SMASHING THRU THE NARROW AND STEEP STONE WALLS IN PLACES AT INCREDIBLE SPEED AND POWER UNIMAGINED UNTIL YOU WATCH LARGE TREES HURTLED DOWN THE WATER WAY AND REALIZE JUST HOW FAST THE ARE MOVING. 200 FOOT TALL DOUGLAS FIR TREES ARE GROWING ALL OVER THE NORTH COAST REDWOODS AREA. IT IS A TRUE WONDER AND LET US ALL HOPE THEY NEVER DAMN UP THE SMITH RIVER LIKE SOME FOLKS PROPOSE .... IT WOULD BE A CRIME THAT COULD NEVER BE RETRACTED .. OR MADE UP FOR IF IT DID HAPPEN...

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A Jaunt With Joy

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January 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

Went in February and had the pleasure of only running into two couples along our hike. Majestic place.

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leveronique05

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November 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

The drive there is so scenic. It's such an amazing place where you can feel the vibe of peace. I wish I could've spend more time there. I pay $10 for parking to go in for the day and went on the smith river catching little frogs and playing with them. Such a nice nice place.

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Crescent City, California
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