Explore the most popular birding trails in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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
1 month 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.

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

1 month 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
1 month 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!

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
7 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.

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
7 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
7 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

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
9 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
9 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.

One lane dusty road in summer. Avoid weekend crowds if you want to walk.

Put 3 very good trails together today preparing for a backpacking trip on the Rogue in less than 2 weeks. All 3 are gorgeous and I've done 2/3 of this one many times. My guess is the mileage for this trail is 14+ and the elevation gain is about half of what is shown due to my hand drawing the trail from a map. I rated it hard only due to the length. My lab enjoyed the trail and was ready for more. I stopped and swam her a couple of times today while this old man took a break. She is a service dog. The trail is signed for no dogs but I've seen many including a couple today on the river.

walking
10 months ago

Nice little loop almost across from Walker Rd. It's nearly flat, wide and easy trail for almost anyone. It doesn't get as much traffic as the trails across the road.

This is my go to trail in the area and is beautiful. During the off season I seldom see anyone. I've done this one at least 10 times with a half dozen different people. Miles of awesome redwoods with a few viewpoints of the Smith River with 2 places you can walk down to. Near the junction during part of the summer they put up a temporary bridge to Jed Smith campground and the trail gets more use. The trail also goes above and next to Mill Creek. Mill Creek is a major salmon spawning ground and farther up off this trail is closed during spawning season. The actual length of this trail is 10.1 miles per a friend's gps to Howland Hills Rd.

Easy trail great for families!

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.

hiking
11 months 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Every trail you need is located off of this road. There is a wide variety for all skill levels. Be aware that the road has not been graded yet so it will be a little rough until the middle of June.

I would have to say this was one of my favorite spots in the area. We ended up going back again just to hangout for a few hours the next day.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Great Mother's Day hike. Some up and down at the start and then pretty mild. Rhodiies in bloom and a beautiful walk to Mill Creek and back.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

A great mix of hills and level trails and not a lot of roots. Easy to hit 10k steps!

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