Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, named for an American explorer of extraordinary courage, is a feast for the eye. The park protects 10,000 acres of primeval redwood groves, a lush undergrowth of rhododendrons and azaleas, and banks of ferns against giant fallen trees. Established in 1929, this predominately old growth coast redwoods park is bisected by the last major free flowing river in California, the Smith River. Almost all of the park land is water shed for the Smith River and Mill Creek, a major tributary. The park has about 20 miles of hiking and nature trails, river access, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store. Drive Howland Hill Road (gravel-not recommended for trailers) and stroll in the Stout Grove. This park, along with Prairie Creek, Del Norte Coast, and the National Park Service's Redwood National Park, are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. These parks make up 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California.
This was a great hike! We had 3 little ones with us - ages 6,4,2 and they did great! Lots of trees to explore and logs to climb on. We didn't trust the directions at first and parked out on the road - follow the directions all the way to the trailhead!
Very nice little campgound and a couple of nice flat trails for those less mobile. It also has a trail suitable for those in wheelchairs. Certainly not enough of those for our handicapped friends. There are some beautiful redwoods in the park but not nearly as beautiful as other areas of the park... #266
I hiked this one and Myrtle Creek nearby purposely in the rain to get my lab pup, Brook, use to it. She loves creeks, rivers, lakes and the surf but she doesn't like rain or a hose... All it is is a nice little uphill for 3/4 mile and then back down in a loop. A lot of rhodies and tan oak with a few redwoods mixed in. Just enough to get your heart rate up. Part of the downhill was gentle enough I ran it. Having achilles tendon issues for over a year it was the 1st time I've ever ran with her. No doubt we'll do this again along with Myrtle Creek.
Did this and the nearby Wellman Trail today. This is a very easy trail that is a little unusual because much of it runs along a ditch because it was an old gold mining operation. This is an excellent trail for someone not use to hiking much. Pretty gentle with only a little altitude gain at the very beginning... Brook, my lab, loved this trail because of all the little waterfalls and feeder creeks. She didn't miss any...
One of my favorite hikes in the area. I do one longer than the one posted here usually. i usually hike to Howland hills rd and back and it can be extended in both directions. It doesn't get near as much traffic when the temporary bridge is not in place for the summer.
A nice little stroll with some beautiful trees and a few photo ops. My wife and I did it in the summer. We also walked Walker road back to the river. It's a nice area with some easy walks that most people can do and will enjoy. We probably came across a dozen people that day. We also did the small hikes on the other side of walker road that day.
This is a great relatively short hike through redwoods and ferns that is sure to get your heart pumping! There are several switchbacks that have a steep incline going up to the top of the trail, while the downhill is less severe. The biggest drawback is limited parking right on highway 199, be careful if you have to cross the road.
This is a local favorite. My wife and I take almost every visitor of ours to this trail for its range of benefits. Great trail, can be as long as you want (continues to other great trails...), Mill Creek itself is amazing in its natural beauty and asset as a spawning habitat... Can't go wrong.
We also run it a lot as a training run. Mild grades and very little technical footing.
3 stars for a spring or winter drive, 2 for summer tourist season. Probably the ugliest, dirtiest drive anywhere in the redwoods in the summer. In the winter after some rain it's even a good place to stretch your legs with the dog once the trees gets washed off a bit. There are some good trails of this road as well.