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Howland Hill Road

Jedediah Smith State Park, Crescent City, CA
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Orange, California, United States
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148 reviews 148 reviews
102 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This road is just a couple of minutes from Crescent City and well-graded so any passenger car can handle it. The road is narrow in a few places so you may need to stop or pull over to let other cars pass - we were there in the middle of August so there were quite a few visitors but it... More

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Castlegar, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

So so glad we did this drive. The road is a dirt road, well packed so suitable for cars, narrow at times so you have to pull over for other vehicles to pass. The scenery and trees are incredible. Make sure you leave lots of time to appreciate the trees, take pictures and follow some trails. I really wish I... More

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Alexandria, VA
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122 reviews 122 reviews
33 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This road provides access to both Stout Grove and the Boy Scout Tree Trail. Although the road is dirt, its condition was significantly better than I could have imagined based on some earlier reviews. Having traveled the length of the, I encountered only a single pothole. Although the road is directly accessible from Crescent City, I suggest entering the park... More

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We went during slower season (October) so didn't have traffic problems. Also, we started at dawn. This is a very narrow road (not suitable for big rigs) with old redwoods all along the way. We took this road to get the the Boy Scout Tree Trail after reading great reviews. It is a 5 mile trail that begins with beautiful... More

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Hermitage, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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CDA ID
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118 reviews 118 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Minneapolis
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Arapaho
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96 reviews 96 reviews
22 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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