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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Highway 101, California's North Coast

California State Parks
Management Unit:
North Coast Redwoods District
1375 Elk Valley Road
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-6101 ext. 5101

 
Amenities:
  • Tent Camping
  • Water
  • Site Fee
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • RV Sanitation Area
  • Camping Trailer Access
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Mens / Womens Restrooms
Description:
Established in 1929, this 10,000 acre predominately old-growth coast redwood park is bisected by the last major free flowing river in California, the Smith River. This is a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Almost all of the park land is water shed for the Smith River and Mill Creek, a major tributary. Conifers other than redwoods include western hemlock, Sitka spruce, grand and Douglas fir, as well as the less common Port Orford cedar. Primary examples of the understory include tanoak, madrone, red alder, big leaf and vine maple, and California bay. Ground cover is dense with a wide range of species and varieties of shrubs, bushes, flowers, ferns, mosses and lichens common to the coast redwood environment.

Wildlife of the park is both abundant and varied including such animals as black bear, deer, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, skunks, fox, beaver, river otter, squirrels, chipmunks and many others. Some of the rare or uncommon examples of bird life identified include the bald eagle, spotted owl, pileated woodpecker and marbled murrelet. The Smith River and Mill Creek are especially known for the king salmon and steelhead trout runs in the fall and winter. Mill Creek is a spawning ground for these fish.

The park is named after the intrepid explorer, Jedediah Strong Smith who was the first white man to explore the interior of northern California. His journey through the coast redwood belt was part of a remarkable two-year trapping expedition that began in 1826. Smith pioneered a trail southwest from the Great Salt Lake across the Mojave Desert through the San Bernardino Mountains into California.

Discovery of gold along the Sacramento and Trinity Rivers in the mid-1800's drew many thousands to northern California. The need for a supply route to remote mining camps initiated a spurt of exploration that motivated settlement of Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

There are 107 developed campsites, a 50 person group campground, and a bicycle camp located in old-growth redwoods along the Smith River. The park can accommodate motor homes up to 36' and trailers up to 31'. A RV dump station is available near camp. Reservations are recommended during the summer season and can be made by calling (800) 444-7275.

How to Get There:
Take HWY. 101 north of Crescent City, CA then HWY. 199. Campground is east of Crescent City 9 miles.

 

Tips:
Facilities: 20 miles of hiking and nature trails, river access, visitor center with exhibits and a nature store, RV dump station.

Reservations/Permits: Recommend reservations for car camps Memorial Day-Labor Day. Call (800) 444-7275. Reservations not necessary rest of year.

Basic visit recommendations: Drive Howland Hill Road (gravel-not recommended for trailers) and stroll in the Stout Grove. This is a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, and the park lives up to this recognition.

Adjacent visitor attractions: Lake Earl SP, Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP, Prairie Creek Redwoods SP, Smith River NRA, Redwood NP.

Fee(s) Charged: Yes
Car campsites are $12. off season, $16. on season. Showers need quarters. Bicycle camps are $3./pe
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
1699 HWY 273, Anderson, CA 96007 | (P) 530-365-7500 | (F) 530-365-1258