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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.

Nice drive this morning on our way to some trails.

Did this hike first thing this am for a warm-up hike. Beautiful scenery and very easy. Fun for a liesurly walk in the morning.

Hiked this trail this morning with my wife. We are not expert hikers, and this trail was not too hard to traverse. This was a very cool hike through the amazing redwoods. The trail had a lot of variety too including small bridges, fallen trees to walk under, and beautiful scenery. This was a lot of fun to hike! FYI... road to the trailhead was a bit rough so take it slow, gets pretty busy late morning recommend hiking it earlier than later, and the waterfall at the end is cool but a bit underwhelming. Would love to do this hike again!

2 days ago

Great elevation gain but no scenic vista. Lots of luscious greens and hardly any traffic. Great way to burn 300 calories in 40 min. Hiking stick helps. It isn't necessary.

We hiked this trail with an 11 and 8 year old and I think it's between easy and moderate. Very nice trail with excellent opportunities to see redwood trees.

The Red Woods were spectacular! It was like walking through a different world!

Fun hike. Trees are massive.

6 days ago

Feels like walking in a peaceful rainforest, where the wide tree crowns are replaced by even more height. Trail is comfy and enjoyable.

9 days ago

If I could only do one trail during my four day stay at Jedediah Smith State Park this would be it. Very rooty and muddy in places but the scenery is second to none. I highly recommend getting in and out early as the trail got very crowded as we finished around 11am.

Lots of good trees packed into a short walk. Great trail to take your young and old ones alike.

12 days ago

Great trail with lots of views of old growth forest. However, plan ahead as it can take a bit longer than expected. There are parts of the trail that have giant roots coming out of the ground, forcing you to look down a lot of the time.

13 days ago

17 days ago

What can I say... the giant Redwoods are breathtaking and humbling. Trail is pretty easy for hiking or running. Elevation is quite mellow and manageable. We were trail running and there are definitely sections with lots of roots so I found my eyes glued to the ground for tripping hazards and realized I was missing out on the epic surroundings.

21 days ago