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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.

Beautiful trail but be ready for a workout!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Hard a first. A lot of uphill the first half mile. The end is worth it. Being right on the river is great. Dogs are also allowed. It is posted on the state park website.

Wonderful, easy hike through the giants. If it's warm out, take a swim in the river! Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail that you hardly see anyone after the 1st 1/4 mile. Quite a few trees down today but easy to get over. Actually saw a trail volunteer for the 1st time. He was up in age and not having an easy time. The trail to Lohse Grove was a little overgrown but doable and pretty wet due to recent rains. One of the better trails in the area...

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful family trail

hiking
3 months ago

Always a fun and beautiful hike. Stopped to jump in the freezing river last time i went. Watch out for wasps near spring/summertime.

Brought a young kid w us and he was in awe of the trees and river. Easy walk for all of us. Rained off and on, but there was enough tree coverage to keep us mostly dry. Beautiful place to experience. Worth the drive.

backpacking
3 months ago

My hubby and I backpacked to the campsite and stayed for a night. It was very quiet and beautiful. Saw lots of dwarf irises, and banana slugs. I liked how lush the campsite was. We didn't see any bears. We didn't see any other hikers until we were headed down.

This trail has water, ferns, wildlife, and trees.

Still closed due to landslide

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail! My husband and I went to Stout Trail and enjoyed every minute of it. Beautiful views of the Smith River and a couple of benches a long the way. Highly recommend it.

P.s. There's no parking entrance. It's on the side of hwy199 right before you cross the bridge where it meets up with the 197. Blink and you might miss the trailhead.

hiking
4 months ago

Not a difficult hike, but probably wouldn't recommend it with small children only because you have to walk looking down a lot due to a lot of roots that grew threw the trail. If you're not paying attention you're likely to trip. My husband and I enjoyed this trail very much especially because it ended at the creek. We also saw a deer on the trail

walking
4 months ago

Nice family trail. No uphills or downhills which makes it easy for small children or anyone who can't walk much.

Did this trail w/ an 8 and 5 year old. So it's not hard. Leads you to the beautiful Smith River and runs into the Hiouchi trail. The drive there was also breathtaking!

hiking
4 months ago

Short flat trail great for wander through the amazing Redwoods.

hiking
4 months ago

My wife and I hiked this trail today and loved it. We encountered a few other hikers along the way, but overall pretty much had it all to ourselves. Between the magnificent trees, the picturesque stream, excellent trail quality and early fall colors, we enjoyed the whole of the experience. We'll definitely return.

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy hike, great way to get a view of the red wood trees. You can hear lot of nature sounds too strolling through here

This is not a challenging hike, but is more for plant lovers who enjoy walking slowly and paying attention to all of the diverse species growing along this short trail. I saw carnivorous pitcher plants, wild ginger and plenty of ferns. One plant I did not see was poison oak. I took my dog, he enjoyed it too!

hiking
5 months ago

This trail follows south fork of the Smith a few hundred feet above the river along the slope of the canyon. Highlights include diverse plant life, occasional views of the river and the verdant green slopes of the canyon. I also heard shooting and I think there's a shooting range on the other side of the river. The poison oak is present along the whole trail but gets much worse the last half mile stretch before the river. I took my dog on this trail since I didn't see any postings saying otherwise. It's a good hike for dogs since there don't seem to be too many in the area. I did this hike on a beautiful September day. I was surprised with how much running water there was. Really nice to see.

hiking
5 months ago

Started this today... Pretty hot and a bit smoky. The farther I went the more I heard gunshots in front of me. Either it's deer season or there were poachers or maybe even target practicing.... but I've learned when I get that gut feeling to listen, so I reversed and didn't finish. Nice trail that I'll go back and finish another time. Plenty of poison oak on this one. Time for me to get out the Tecnu!

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