- Established in 1929, this 10,000 acre predominately old growth coast redwoods 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.
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Sunlight streaming through the redwoods of Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP
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 Stong 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 which 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.
Recreation - 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.
Fees/costs/rates: Car campsites are $12 off season, $16 on season. Showers need quarters. Bicycle camps are $3/person. Group camp is $75. Day use $5/day. Senior citizens receive $2 discount on camping and $1 discount on day use.
Reservations/Permits: Recommended for the summer season. Not necessary the rest of the year.
20 miles of hiking and nature trails, river access, visitor center with exhibits and a nature store, RV dump station.
Climate - Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
Summer 45-85. Winter 30-60 Dress for rain Nov.-May with up to 100" annually.
9 miles east of Crescent City, CA on Hwy. 199.