Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is the last in a long string of redwood parks that stretch up Northern California’s coast. A few miles inland from the ocean, the park is densely forested with huge ancient trees. In fact, it contains seven percent of all the old-growth redwoods left in the world. No roads or trails mark “Jed Smith’s” core—just pure, primeval majesty.
The park was named for Jedediah Strong Smith, who in the 1820s became the first white man to explore the interior of northern California. The park was established in 1929 with a small parcel donated to Save the Redwoods League by the family of lumberman Frank Stout.
About Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park’s 10,000 acres are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and California State Parks, as are Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park. A World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, Redwood National and State Parks protect 45 percent of California’s remaining old-growth redwoods—an area almost four times the size of Manhattan Island.
Location: Nine miles east of Crescent City on Highway 199 | (707) 465-7335 | Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park Website |9.9 mi from Hotel
Crescent City California Outdoor Activities
Breathtaking natural California beauty can be found close in nearby redwood forests, rivers, lakes, and beaches. Fun natural attractions include Trees of Mystery, Ocean World, and the Drive-Thru Tree. Come and experience the rugged outdoors while you take on white water rafting on the Smith River, kayaking, camping, and fishing are some of the many fun things to do in our area.
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