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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Crescent City, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking
Description: Part of the Redwoods National and State Parks system, this state park was established in 1929.
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Homestead, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a very peaceful park to drive through, (to visit for that matter), it has large groves of coastal redwoods and is home to the last free flowing, (un dammed) river in California. FYI From southern Oregon it is basically the only way to get access to Interstate 5.

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North Platte, Nebraska
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful backwoodsy experience. I loved Stout Grove and loved the narrow 6.8 mile road going through all the redwoods. We hiked the trails and took many pictures. We admired the banana slugs, too! This is just a great experience and they haven't made into a commercial nightmare - it is just the woods and is best left... More

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atlanta
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87 reviews 87 reviews
29 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

If you've read The Wild Trees then you know about this area and how awesome it is. Now's a great time to go, no rain or fog to cloud the beauty of the park, but it does make for a dusty drive. We loved the Boy Scout Trail which meanders through a variety of topo, valley and ridge with lots... More

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Windom, Kansas, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This road is hairpin curved, dirt road but worth it. Lots of huge trees. Ranger says they are some of the largest & oldest in California. Pull over areas available for pictures. Best viewed when there is sunlight so you can see the road & pull outs. Take your time on this one!

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Minneapolis, MN
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154 reviews 154 reviews
100 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This is a great intro to the Redwood Parks, of which there are several, all smooshed together out here. The Simpson-Reed Trail is pleasant, easy, and well marked , with some interpretive signage and a lot to "discover," like fallen giants, nurse logs, burls, and clusters caused by multiple seeds from a single cone all sprouting up together hundreds of... More

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San Diego, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

By the dim sunlight of the tall trees we caught our breath. Tucked into a "boondocking" (no hookups for our fifth-wheel trailer) camp site with the giant redwoods all around we rested from the busy-ness of every day life. A swim in the Smith River with the dog after sleeping late in the forest quiet was the perfect way to... More

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Grand Blanc, Mi
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152 reviews 152 reviews
61 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Take your camera. The 10 mile drive is through some of the biggest redwoods in California. If you haven't seen them before, your jaw will drop. There is no way to take pictures that really show the scale of the trees and just cannot do justice---but you will take picture after picture anyway. Nice drive (not for big rigs!!!!) and... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

No RVs or other large vehicles should try to travel the 10 mile dirt road. There are narrow gaps between trees and S curves that long vehicles won't be able to maneuver.

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Burlington, VT, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Wow, oh wow! This was our first experience seeing the Redwoods and we were in awe the entire time. Easy trails to walk, incredible scenery. The Stout Grove was the best trail by far.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We only had a couple of days to spend in the area and weren't sure what to see. We decided to drive the Howland Hill Road and were seriously stunned by the gorgeous scenery. It was only a 10 minute drive from downtown Crescent City and took about an hour to drive through the park (without stops). The trees are... More

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