Looking for a great trail in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, California? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park ranging from 0.7 to 5.6 miles and from 13 to 531 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

Easy trail, very scenic, just beautiful!!

hiking
muddy
25 days ago

Beautiful. I don't think we did the full listed trail but it was gorgeous!

scenic driving
26 days ago

Visited mar 18 2019, roads are open although we saw a sign posted that the roads were closed earlier in the month to thru traffic due to downed trees. Despite the narrow road and the potholes this is my favorite scenic drive compared to Avenue of giants and Newton B. Drury scenic parkway.

1 month ago

It is beautiful. I mean, it’s the Oregon Coast, what else can you expect? I have seen nicer beaches and better views. I freaked out when I jumped from a boulder and half of my leg sank in the sand. Go there for the sunset is always a good idea:).

Super short hike, with great views. Highly popular

walking
2 months ago

Trail is beautiful even in winter time but expect to find a crowd year round. The trail is easily accessible and family friendly. There are also restrooms and parking near the trailhead.

Short easy hike on well maintained trails, plenty of unique redwood trees and great picture opportunities. Hiking up the creek bed is beautiful and peaceful as well. All in all the hike should take less than an hour, great for a relaxed afternoon walk.

off road driving
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

This is a great trail for driving. I drove it in January and there is a decent amount of traffic. It runs alongside a stream and winds through the redwoods.

3 months ago

started at the walking bridge at Jedidiah Smith state park, and disnt know where it exactly ended? we could hear the highway and we had our dogs so wasnt quite sure we wanted to walk the busy hwy with the dogs. otherwise a beautiful trail, scenery and hike

walking
4 months ago

Amazing beach walk; really nice! Easy access off Hwy 101, a paved parking area with restrooms, trash and recycling receptacles and a few picnic tables, some of which were "accessible"...We found it to be our favorite beach in the Crescent City area; the sand was immaculate, sand dollars were prevalent, interesting driftwood was plentiful...the ocean view, the breeze, the sun, the waves; it was all perfect today!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail!!!!
maybe bring a bear bell, on the way back out saw a black bear coming at us on the trail.
But all of it is beautiful, even the bear

on Hiouchi Trail

4 months ago

Good trail. Exposed roots in sections, but otherwise well maintained. Nice views of the river along the way. Very peaceful once you leave the road. Saw schools of salmon in the river below.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this hike years ago and is still one of my all time favorite hikes. Quite easy, but spent a couple hours meandering and looking at the trees

5 months ago

Truly an awesome and invigorating hike! My favorite in the redwoods. The trailhead is very hard to find (see photo). It’s right before the bridge tucked slightly back from the road. This out and back trail took us around 1h30 to complete. Majestic redwoods ending in a scenic view of the riverbed. Not one to miss!

hiking
5 months ago

A very nice introduction to the Coastal Redwoods- we combined this hike with Walker Road/ cycling some of the way. Just magnificent trees and Smith River is gorgeous. Didn’t see salmon in Mill Creek but it was hard to get close to the creek. We had a drizzly day but still very nice. Can’t wait to see more Redwoods and then Sequoias. Highly recommend.

on Mill Creek Trail

6 months ago

Really beautiful hike alongside the Mill River through so. many. trees! Maple, redwoods, Douglas fir...a tree haven. This trail is probably my all time favorite and will definitely continue hiking this trail every year.

Awesome for family spent a long time here, great meander through the woods. Snuck down to the river- lots of surface action. Grabbing rod.

Nice short trail with a spectacular payoff when you get to the end and the Stout Memorial Grove Loop Trail which runs around the grove. There are some great redwood trees on the River Trail, and then Stout Grove itself is simply amazing. Coordinates took me quite close to the trailhead, which is also the trailhead for Little Bald Hills Trail. You can connect to Hiouchi Trail from the Stout Grove Loop and hike to the trailhead, sort of doing the hike in reverse. There is tons of great hiking in this area in addition to the few trails here. This is certainly a hike worth doing.

This is a fantastic trail! There are hundreds of absolutely giant redwood trees throughout the entire hike. Every step of the way is photogenic. I had to force myself to stop taking pictures so I could actually keep moving along the trail. The coordinates from AllTrails took me right to the trailhead. There's plenty of parking along the road in both directions. There's actually a third trail in the mix to consider and that is called Leiffer Trail. It runs parallel to the road and connects two different points of Leiffer Loop. It's actually necessary to take this trail to complete the loop, unless you want to walk back to your car along the dirt road, which would certainly be pleasant enough. I've uploaded a picture of a portion of the official Jedediah Smith State Park Map. You can see the connecting trail, and though it's not named on the map, the signs on the trail refer to it as Leiffer Trail. As for the Ellsworth Loop, it has a short lead-in trail and then you can go around it either way and then back out that same lead-in trail to rejoin the Leiffer Loop. The Ellsworth Loop is spectacular and would make a great hike in itself. There are tons of benches throughout all the trails so this would be a great hike to bring a picnic or a book or anything else you like sitting and doing, possibly make a day or half-day of it. I went on a weekday afternoon after Labor Day and I only saw one other party. I think the best time to go would be late morning to early afternoon. Due to the height of the trees and the density of the canopy it is quite dark. I went mid-afternoon and wished I had gone a bit earlier.

We spent far longer than expected here! It was a very popular trail. Totally flat after a small paved incline to parking lot. We explored lots of small off shoot trails that were less travelled but still well kept.
Drive in is a single lane gravel road but has lots of turn outs for passing safely.

Gravel road. Very dusty, but worth it.

Easy, but beautiful!

Beautiful trail. Did this around 8am on 8/7 and did not see another person until I was on my way back. The trail is however very over grown and poison oak is ubiquitous.

Epic trail

Easy hiking and connects with other trails in the area.

Really nice walk, great for a campground trail

AMAZING!!!

Oh it’s a dusty road but plenty of turn outs for cars to pass.

Nice easy walk with big trees.

Good loop trail with great trees. Needs the road in upgraded. Worth the time

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trees near the river. We wish the county would blacktop the road to keep the dust down around the place, but it’s nice anyway

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