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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.

great easy trail for all ages and skill , rolls along the water edge thru some huge trees , easy miles ..

trail running
11 days ago

This is a gem. Quiet and meandering with fantastic trees, and the beautiful creek just downslope. Did it as an out and back trail run (with Houichi) - nice, cozy, runnable treadway with such nice flow to it. Nary a soul out there. Hiking or running, it is worth the journey.

Beautiful trail! It's tucked near the river and the redwood trees are absolutely breath-taking! My only complaint is that the drive to the trail is terrible. The road is very narrow and contains deep holes, which sets driving at 15 MPH.

Easy walking hike. Beautiful trail with tons of redwood trees. Magical.

Great easy well maintained trail.

Lovely walk around the campground

An easy way to immerse yourself in an old growth redwood forest. a quiet forest, the sun's rays peek through and shine on a forest floor lined with sword ferns among the beautiful trees! Highly recommend this stop as this 44-acre grove is considered the heart of Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park. Also features a short spur to the river. Watch out for the skeeters.

hiking
2 months ago

Walked from the Hutton trailhead (easy to find parking) to meet up with the Hiouchi hoping to get to the Stout Grove. We couldn’t cross the river “land bridge” because of the spring melt, but it’s just as well because the end of the trail before the river is beautiful. We saw minimal people and went in the early afternoon to catch the glowing stain glass effect the sun makes around 3:30-4:00pm.

on Hiouchi Trail

2 months ago

Great views and very easy to walk. Nice wide trails so it’s easy to navigate. Lots of nice scenery.

2 months ago

the trail connects to stout grove but you have to ford a stream that can be deep and fast moving. easy to miss trailhead, right after bridge tucked away

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful forest walk. Very quiet and beautiful mini waterfalls that give the best ambience to meditate. We had the trail all to ourselves.

Me and my friends went up the right side of this trail and I was significantly more difficult than it sounds. It’s also full of small landslides and very narrow.

Amazing redwoods. Seasonal bridge was not available but a giant tree across the creek gave us access. Awesome grove! Take the dirt backroad to crescent city and you may see some elk around the time you hit pavement

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

hiking
5 months 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
7 months ago

Beautiful family trail

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.

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

hiking
8 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.

walking
8 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
8 months ago

Short flat trail great for wander through the amazing Redwoods.

hiking
8 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
8 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

hiking
9 months ago

Great quick scenic hike through ancient redwoods. Nice and easy access and so quiet! Definitely an essential trail when passing through Jedidah redwoods.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail. Quite an easy walk. The mostly shaded trail leads to a nice beach at the end . Definitely recommend going a little farther to the Stout Grove. The only problem was that you can hear 199 for a bit of the start.

hiking
10 months ago

Really can't do this on as drawn unless you're camped there. You can only drive in and do it from the day use area. Nice little trail through the park and Brook enjoyed jumping off the bridge and playing in the water

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike, but lots of people. We were out the first week of August. There is a tree at the end that you walk through that has a hornets nest, my husband got stung. Great views of the river.

I was afraid this hike would be too easy. It was, but the indescribable collection of massive redwoods here is well worth your time.

Short easy hike with huge trees all around.

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