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South Fork of the Smith River

Smith River, CA
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: White-water rafting
Description: Great place to catch Class III or Class V rafting runs.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I couldn't find the location exactly, but I believe it is along the costal end of US Highway 199/197. Beautiful little beach, large rocks for toombstoning (jumping off rocks) at your will. The clarity of the water is extremely good, though it is a little chilly. There isn't a great lot of space on the sandy half of the beach,... More

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Jacksonville, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The South Fork allows the visitor to see the redwoods and there is nothing as beautiful as the sun filtering through the redwoods and illuminating the river's surface. The Smith River is a rare river in that the water is crystal clear; allowing you a rare glimpse of the river bed....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The last free flowing river in CA - all three forks are truely amazing. The clarity is, as if you were in the indian ocean or south pacific!

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Crescent City, California, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

One of the cleanest, most beautiful salmon/steelhead rivers in America. It is the only river on California's Pacific Coast that has no mud. It is a short, purely granite riverine system without pollution of any kind. All runoff into the river is filtered through Redwood, Douglas Fir, and pine forests.

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Crescent City, CA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Anywhere along the Smith is beautiful. Popular for fishing, canoeing, Kayak, or tube. Just a gorgeous place to visit. Camp at Jed Smith or just visit while in the area and you won't be disappointed. I live here and visit often.

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Gold Hill, Oregon, United States
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Stopped here on the way south, and spent a couple of hours. Kids had fun playing in the water and it was an absolutely beautiful spot.

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Medford, Oregon
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317 reviews 317 reviews
115 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

The Smith River is the clearest, most beautiful scenic river I know of. It is worth the winding drive for the views, fishing and swimming. As a bonus it is only a few miles from the Southern Oregon Coast...even more of natures beauty!

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