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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Contact Information

(707) 465-7335

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 36 Feet

Park Hours

Open year-round.

Day use sunrise to sunset.

Campground open all year.

Driving Directions to Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP

The park is located 9 miles east of Crescent City on Highway 199. See also Redwood National and State Parks HQ (Information Center) at 1111 2nd St in Crescent City.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Howland Hill Road, the scenic drive through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, is now open to public traffic on its east entrances. The west end of Howland Hill Road is currently closed from the Boy Stout Tree Trail all the way to Crescent City. Stout Grove and Boy Scout Tree are accessible only from the east end of Howland Hill Road, but travelers should expect up to 45 minute delays, Mon-Fri, 7 am - 5 pm, due to bridge repair. The closure is expected to last into November. In addition, recent rains have refreshed the scenery and washed off much of the road dust, making this a great time to explore the beauty of the old-growth redwood forest.

For information on the Last Chance Grade Project visit the website at:

Bridge Repair Information:

When the Howland Hill Road was constructed, the small culverts that were installed completely blocked spawning salmon from being able to access the small streams in that area. Crews are in the process of reconstructing the road and culverts to allow for fish passage.

The road has been dug down to the creek level and new 11 foot high culverts are being installed. The streambed is being rebuilt to be salmon friendly and the road will be re-constructed over the renovations. This will allow salmon passage to over a mile of pristine spawning and rearing habitat.

Worshipping the trees

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.

Today you can fish, snorkel, or kayak in the Smith River, the longest major free-flowing river in California; take a historic drive on Howland Hill Road; enjoy a campfire program at Jedediah Smith Campground; or hike through a lush rainforest on 20 miles of trails. The 1936 film Last of the Mohicans was filmed just upstream, in the Smith River National Recreation area.

“Thick redwood forest, banana slugs, a beautiful river, and pollywogs,” says Save the Redwoods League, which helped the state acquire more than 5,500 acres of redwoods here. “What more could you ask for?”

Redwood National and State Parks
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. 

Here at the confluence of the Smith River and Mill Creek, summer temperatures range from 45 to 85 degrees, in contrast to the cool, fog-bound coast. Winter can bring 100 inches of rain and temperatures between 30 and 65 degrees; snow is rare.

Rules & Notifications
• Don’t feed wildlife and keep your camp free of all traces of food.
• Store food in an animal-proof food locker.
• Place all your garbage in an animal-proof trash can.
• Howland Hill Road is gravel and not recommended for trailers.

This park is Crumb Clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact your food has on park wildlife.

Location/ Directions

Nine miles east of Crescent City on Highway 199.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
Summer 45-85 degrees. Winter 30-60 degrees.
Annual rainfall can be up to 100 inches during November through May.

Available Activities and Facilities at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Boat Ramps
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available