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Howland Hill Road

Jedediah Smith State Park, Crescent City, CA
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Hermitage, Tennessee
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It's narrow, dusty and windy and downright tricky when two vehicles arrive at the same narrow spot at the same time--but well worth the drive. We even had to back up a few times to a wider spot to allow other vehicles to pass. However, it is the ONLY way to get to the Stout Grove half-mile loop---a must see... More

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Poway, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

If you have an opportunity to drive through the Redwood Nat'l/State Forest you should take it. This is a beautiful area of the country and well worth the trip.

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115 reviews 115 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Anything else while in this area this is a MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been to many Redwood groves and while the trees here are not the largest this maybe one of the biggest groves I've seen. PLEASE what ever you do drive SLOW and ENJOY the view!! This is a old stage coach road (that's what I was told in information center).... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took freeway from Crescent City to the north entrance near Hiouchi, and drove Howland Hill from north to south. This was nice, as we came out right near Crescent City. The whole drive is great, with lots of litte spots to get out and take pictures or do short hikes. Its a real slow drive, so budget plenty of... More

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96 reviews 96 reviews
22 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We were a little skeptical about riding our Harley over this road but after talking to a park ranger we decided to do it. It is a little rough in places but not bad the day we went. It is worth every bump to see the trees in this grove, would have done it again if we had the time.... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It is what it is: an old narrow, winding, dusty gravel road. Only 6.8 miles to Stout Grove, but even though I grew up there, I won't take that road again.

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Vacaville, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Very narrow road. Do it early, before the traffic. Basically a dirt road that takes you through the Redwoods.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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117 reviews 117 reviews
43 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

At times you can be the only ones on the road, it is almost like traveling in a different dimension. The trees surround you! Four wheel drive not needed.

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Crescent City, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Howland Hill Road runs through the back side of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. It provides access to several stunning ancient redwood forest trails and groves, in addition to being an incredibly, primeval scenic drive. The dirt road makes it a bit dusty around the edges in summer and it is too narrow for big RVs and trailers, twisting through... More

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Wabash, Indiana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The road takes you back in time. We hiked the boy scout tree trail among old growth redwood trees. Away from highway noise it is a place where you can be immersed in nature. This is a hike everyone must do.

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