nature trips




kid friendly

no dogs


trail running

wild flowers


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.

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

2 days 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

We loved this hike! They are in the process of upgrading the trail areas, but it’s still a great area to hike. Good loops for those who want to get back to their cars. No road noise and few people.

2 days ago

Nice trail near town. Easy grade and easy to follow. Great views.

This is why you visit the Redwoods!
A walk along the Giants.

9 days ago

First time at the Redwoods and this trail did not disappoint. It is a little over 4 miles there and back. Fairly easy hike. The trail head is a little hidden and hard to spot. Right after the bridge, but tucked away a little.
We went in July and the weather was amazing. Mosquitos were plentiful and we saw several banana slugs.
There weren’t many people on it while we were there. The views of the beautiful river are amazing. So blue and green.
Well maintained trail with a lot of wooden steps and a couple bridges.

Not meaning to give this a bad review just didn’t
Know how else to leave a message. Further down Howland Hills Road towards the trail head it says “Rough narrow winding road for 6 miles Trailers not recommended” “no turnaround” so we didn’t want to enter with our RV. Very sad to miss out on this hike.

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

trail running
1 month 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

Can’t ever go wrong hiking the beach sand dollars everywhere

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.

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

3 months ago

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

3 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

3 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

5 months ago

Great beach to walk... The beach is flat and firm and being a crescent shape it is far more protected than other beaches on the North Coast. The best in Norcal!

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

6 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...

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.

9 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.

9 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!

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