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Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Driving Tour

Take this backroad from Crescent City through this seldom visited Redwood Forest to see what big trees really look like!
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.7 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview:  This is one of the lesser known drives through a coastal Redwoods Forest as it is far up the north coast of California away from... more »

Tips:  Directions:
From just south of the town of Crescent City on Highway 101 take Elk Valley Road inland for a short distance to take a... more »

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Points of Interest

This mixed gravel and paved road will take you twisting through a forest of giants! This road will take you through the heart of the State Park called Stout Grove. Try to imagine you are in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi because this is where they filmed it.

2. Boy Scout Tree Trailhead

A very remote old growth forest trail that will take you deep into the Redwoods away from the crowds. Definitely worth checking out.

3. Mill Creek Trail Crossing

I believe there is parking around this area for the Mill Creek Trail. Along this trail is the tree called the Lost Monarch which is 320 feet tall and the World's Largest Coast Redwood in terms of wood volume. Another called the Del Norte Titan is considered by some nearby to be the biggest single stem tree. There locations are hidden from the ... More

4. Stout Grove

This is where the Ewoks are... kidding. But there is a short loop hike here that will take you on a walk amongst the giants. Check it out.

5. Little Bald Hills Trailhead

This is a pretty great mountain bike trail. I'll provide a link to more information about it within the link section of this guide.

6. Craigs Creek Trail

This is a 12 mile round trip out-and-back hike along a creek. For more information see the link section in this guide.

7. End of Drive at Route 199

You'll end your trip after crossing over the Smith River into the town of Hiouchi. From here you can just head back west on 199 towards Crescent City again.