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Jedediah Smith Redwoods (Helpful Guide + Video)

Jedediah Smith Redwoods features a beautiful campground, great swimming hole along with some of the most popular redwood groves in the world.

About Jedediah Smith State Park

Named for the famous mountain man, Jedediah Smith State Park is often many visitors first experience in Redwood National Park. This area is located on the stunning Wild & Scenic Smith River on the north side of the park near Crescent City. It is the northernmost unit of Redwood National & State Parks.

There is a beautiful campground and a popular swimming hole located in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods along with some of the most popular groves in the world including the Stout Grove.

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A hiker in Stout Grove | Redwood National Park

Jedediah Smith State Park Location + Map


Things to Know Before Visiting

Entrance Fees: $30 per vehicle OR if you plan to visit more National Parks within the next 12 months we suggest you go ahead and purchase the America the Beautiful Pass (which you can purchase here). This pass gets you into all National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and more including 2,000 sites for free after a one time $79 fee.

The best guide books for Redwood: This is our favorite hiking guide but this one is another great one that encompasses the surrounding area.

The best map for the park: We like this map the best.

Gas: There is a gas in Crescent City, not far from Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Cell Service there is limited cell service.

Water: Drink it. Lots of it. Don’t forget it in the car.


Best Time to Visit Jedediah Smith Redwoods

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The best time to visit the Jedediah Smith Redwoods is early in the morning around sunrise to see foggy rays of light filter through the forest with very few people around. If you can’t make it for sunrise then sunset is a great bet as well to see beautiful light filter through the trees.

With that being said, there’s never really a bad time to visit Jedediah Smith. During the rain (so long as it’s not a major storm) is a great time to visit to see the glossy leaves of the under story and smell the freshness of the forest.


Getting to Jedediah Smith

To get to this spot simply follow HWY 199 north from Crescent City or South from Oregon. It’s location, just a few miles north of Crescent City makes it easily accessible.


Camping in Jedediah Smith Redwoods

Fee: $35/site
Sites: 86 tent or RV (but no hookups)
Amenities: ADA accessible restrooms, ADA accessible cabins, hot showers, flush toilets picnic tables, fire pits and barbeques, dump station, visitor center.
Reservations: here

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods | Redwood National Park

Description

The campground at Jedediah Smith State Park is the most popular in all of the Redwoods. The iconic campsites located under massive redwoods, many having redwoods within the site itself are hard to beat. Throw in the wild & scenic Smith River which runs through the campground and you have something quite magical.

Amenities

In addition to the beautiful scenery, the amenities and facilities at Jedediah Smith are top-notch. Hot showers, cabins, flush toilets, dump station, visitor center and more make this spot especially great.

Trails

Finally there are stunningly beautiful trails that lead through and from the campground. The best of these leads to the most stunning grove of Redwoods in the world (at least we think so), the Stout Grove.


Nearby Sites

If you’re visiting the Jedediah Smith we recommend you check out these nearby sites:


Redwood National Park Guide

Yep, we created a beautiful, comprehensive guide to Redwood. It’s totally free and just for you with beautiful photos, videos, and more.


Redwoods Video

If you’re visiting the Redwoods ya just gotta take 3 minutes and watch the (award-winning) film we made based on our trips to the park. We spent weeks in the park to produce this film which covers all of the different regions and areas in the park. It was even featured by National Geographic!

Redwood National Park Video

Video Description

MTJP | Redwood is the culmination of several weeks spent exploring Redwood National and State Parks. Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California are home to the tallest trees in the world, the mighty Redwood, which can reach staggering heights of over 360ft and weigh more than 500 tons. These parks feature magical forests, miles of spectacular beaches, stunning overlooks, and the largest herd of Roosevelt elk on the planet.

This film was shot entirely in 4K. Redwood National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for good reason. A trip to this magical place is a must for every human on the planet. Redwood National Park features the tallest trees on the planet (not to be confused with the largest in Sequoia National Park).


Photos of Jedediah Smith & Stout Grove

We have spent countless hours in Redwood National Park and have taken over 15,000 photos of the place! We’ve included a few of our favorites from the grove here.


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Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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