Looking for a great trail in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, California? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park ranging from 0.7 to 5.6 miles and from 13 to 531 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
5 days ago

Definitely longer than the 3.3 miles noted. Closer to 4.5-5mi. Nice trail I’d rate as pretty easy.

short n easy

hiking
1 month ago

Incorrect information. There is no way to this trail from the indicated start without wading through a deep creek. WTF???

Very easy, popular trail for all fitness levels.

I absolutely loved this trail! It was easy, beautiful and had some majestic trees. The bathrooms were the most stinky bathrooms I have ever been in though, so maybe go before you get there.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this from Elk Valley Rd to the Boy Scout Trail, maybe 9 miles back and forth. Starts off with a good climb for about 20-25 minutes then mellows. Completely shaded by some serious old growth redwoods, very impressive. But more people drive up it than hike it so it is more of a car road than trail. Only when you get to the Boy Scout Trail is when it is only a foot path. Definitely go into that.

hiking
blowdown
2 months ago

Great trail just off the beaten path. Small climb for different perspective of Redwoods.

Lovely and reverent short trail through a grove. Road is not bad to drive on.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful lush trail in the forest with amazing views of the creek

hiking
2 months ago

- short and flat. - can get busy, weekends are Disneyland-ish + can’t get lost, due to developed trails. Good for non adventurous types. +still beautiful massive redwoods. +lots of fallen trees so you get different perspectives on the magnitude of theses trees.

Pretty and easy hike. Great way to explore the terrain of the campgrounds so you make sense of the geography. Also used it as a good morning stretch, jog-able too.

Easy loop in redwood state park

Hiked this trail today and it was lovely. It has plenty of big trees and pretty undergrowth. We had the trail entirely to ourselves! There are a couple steep sections which was a welcome change from most of the shorter redwood trails. Also, there are a few trees across the trail which have to be scrambled over but that wasn't a big problem. in short, we loved it.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail that follows the Smith River. Great views of large redwoods along the entire trail.

Aces!

hiking
3 months ago

If you can’t get to the giants at Avenue of Giants, this is a nice little substitute. Less crowded and more pristine than Stout. Maybe not quite as many large trees, but plenty impressive and a much more developed undergrowth of ferns, sorrel, etc.. Beautiful, easy little hike.

If you have no other chance to see the redwoods somewhere around the Avenue of Giants then this is a good substitute. The trees here are amazing in their own right. However, this is a crowded trail and a smallish grove. A decent little stop, but if magnificent redwoods are your desire, head south.

Wow! Standing in the middle of these trees gives you perspective. It’s like standing in the middle of history.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic trail! Have hiked dozens of times. Always a “go to” trail. This week, less than a quarter mile in we scared a small bear up a tree. First one I have seen in all the years hiking this trail

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trees! Makes you feel very small indeed,

hiking
4 months ago

Well maintained. Dry. Moderate roots. Multiple lookout points over the beautiful river. Mostly shade.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this trail. One tree down but easy to get over. We hiked 2 lengths from the campground footbridge to the road and back (GPS signal did not pick up until we headed back from the road). River access for a nice stop for lunch. Highly recommend!

Excellent place for families with lots of trees to climb on. Amazing, towering trees and many photo opportunities. Definitely must see this area!!

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty crowded. Better come during the early morning so you can feel the place for itself.

hiking
4 months ago

The serenity makes a lot of these forests. Due to the masses this loop however is not very serene.

hiking
4 months ago

If you want to see the real mammoth redwoods this is the trail. It was easy with very few people. It followed the river and you’re rewarded with groves of giants much larger than the trees you see along the road side. We hiked 9 miles out and back, would have done more had it not started raining. Trail was in good shape.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Easy for avid hikers, moderate for occasional hikers. Good hike along the jade colored river. The grove at the end is beautiful but full of people even mid week. A good hike to get moving after sitting in the car driving a lot.

hiking
4 months ago

The redwoods is nice, however the trail is busy and bit confusing. At my. Waypoint you find an awesome place to swim and sit at the water.

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