hiking

walking

nature trips

forest

birding

kid friendly

views

no dogs

river

trail running

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
12 days ago

Did this hike years ago and is still one of my all time favorite hikes. Quite easy, but spent a couple hours meandering and looking at the trees

18 days ago

Truly an awesome and invigorating hike! My favorite in the redwoods. The trailhead is very hard to find (see photo). It’s right before the bridge tucked slightly back from the road. This out and back trail took us around 1h30 to complete. Majestic redwoods ending in a scenic view of the riverbed. Not one to miss!

hiking
21 days ago

A very nice introduction to the Coastal Redwoods- we combined this hike with Walker Road/ cycling some of the way. Just magnificent trees and Smith River is gorgeous. Didn’t see salmon in Mill Creek but it was hard to get close to the creek. We had a drizzly day but still very nice. Can’t wait to see more Redwoods and then Sequoias. Highly recommend.

on Mill Creek Trail

1 month ago

Really beautiful hike alongside the Mill River through so. many. trees! Maple, redwoods, Douglas fir...a tree haven. This trail is probably my all time favorite and will definitely continue hiking this trail every year.

Awesome for family spent a long time here, great meander through the woods. Snuck down to the river- lots of surface action. Grabbing rod.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short trail with a spectacular payoff when you get to the end and the Stout Memorial Grove Loop Trail which runs around the grove. There are some great redwood trees on the River Trail, and then Stout Grove itself is simply amazing. Coordinates took me quite close to the trailhead, which is also the trailhead for Little Bald Hills Trail. You can connect to Hiouchi Trail from the Stout Grove Loop and hike to the trailhead, sort of doing the hike in reverse. There is tons of great hiking in this area in addition to the few trails here. This is certainly a hike worth doing.

This is a fantastic trail! There are hundreds of absolutely giant redwood trees throughout the entire hike. Every step of the way is photogenic. I had to force myself to stop taking pictures so I could actually keep moving along the trail. The coordinates from AllTrails took me right to the trailhead. There's plenty of parking along the road in both directions. There's actually a third trail in the mix to consider and that is called Leiffer Trail. It runs parallel to the road and connects two different points of Leiffer Loop. It's actually necessary to take this trail to complete the loop, unless you want to walk back to your car along the dirt road, which would certainly be pleasant enough. I've uploaded a picture of a portion of the official Jedediah Smith State Park Map. You can see the connecting trail, and though it's not named on the map, the signs on the trail refer to it as Leiffer Trail. As for the Ellsworth Loop, it has a short lead-in trail and then you can go around it either way and then back out that same lead-in trail to rejoin the Leiffer Loop. The Ellsworth Loop is spectacular and would make a great hike in itself. There are tons of benches throughout all the trails so this would be a great hike to bring a picnic or a book or anything else you like sitting and doing, possibly make a day or half-day of it. I went on a weekday afternoon after Labor Day and I only saw one other party. I think the best time to go would be late morning to early afternoon. Due to the height of the trees and the density of the canopy it is quite dark. I went mid-afternoon and wished I had gone a bit earlier.

We spent far longer than expected here! It was a very popular trail. Totally flat after a small paved incline to parking lot. We explored lots of small off shoot trails that were less travelled but still well kept.
Drive in is a single lane gravel road but has lots of turn outs for passing safely.

Easy, but beautiful!

Gravel road. Very dusty, but worth it.

Beautiful trail. Did this around 8am on 8/7 and did not see another person until I was on my way back. The trail is however very over grown and poison oak is ubiquitous.

Epic trail

Easy hiking and connects with other trails in the area.

Really nice walk, great for a campground trail

AMAZING!!!

Oh it’s a dusty road but plenty of turn outs for cars to pass.

Nice easy walk with big trees.

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

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Another nice trail in Jed Smith. This one is easy and runs in to Stout Grove. No real river views, though. Nice alternative to park and walk in and do Stout Grove. Much easier to park at this TH.

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

trail running
5 months 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.

Load More