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Address: Jedediah Smith State Park, Crescent City, CA

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Great drive through the redwoods

We did several drives through redwood forests on a recent trip to northern California and this was the best. It might be tough if there was lots of traffic, though! Remember that... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did several drives through redwood forests on a recent trip to northern California and this was the best. It might be tough if there was lots of traffic, though! Remember that it IS a two-lane road! Don't just drive through – get out and walk to experience the forest.

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really debated, REALLY debated whether we would be doing the right thing if we took our little VW Jetta rental car on a a gravel road adventure through the redwoods. We decided to go for it and we are NOT regretful in the least. What. an. experience! We started on the Crescent City side of the roadway. We weren't... More 

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Elburn, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked 4 plus miles earlier in the day in a more southern State Park so we were tired of walking but still wanting to see more Redwoods so this was perfect. Loved it! Nice scenic drive. Some areas you could pull off if you wanted. Huge trees. Beautiful place. Wish we would have had more time to come back... More 

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to start your Redwood viewing. Take Elk Valley Rd off Highway 101 to Howland Hill. Continue onto a 17 mile loop of majestic Redwood beauty that take u back to CA-199 into Crescent City. Slow trip because it is a one-lane road with lots of turns but don't miss out in the beauty. Amazing stuff.

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Salt Lake City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We felt like we were in Star Wars 3 in the land of the Ewoks. Breath taking views, long hikes, rivers, bridges and Ewoks. My granddaughters wondered if there were trolls under the bridges we crossed during our hikes. We decided there were so we tip toed over them.

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Albany, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was so relieved when we got off this road. It is narrow and curvy and dusty, but once we were done, I was so glad we made the drive. It was worth it to see the lovely, magical Stout Grove, but just be aware...the road is not for the faint of heart.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm sure when there's been some rainfall too knock the dust off of EVERYTHING, it will again, be a spectacular drive, but as of the 30th of September, all was still covered in dust. The ferns, the mighty redwood trunks, everything. It was actually sad to see it like this. The thick dust MUST be harming the plants. It was... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful drive; however, there were a ton of tourists driving it, and many just stop to take pictures. Parts of the road are narrow, and with two way traffic it can be a little scary. Especially when people are inconsiderate drivers. We would rather go to Stout Grove than do this drive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Old stage coach route so that was what drew us to take the ride! Had no problems in our Dodge Ram 3500 truck.

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This short drive through the heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods is worth every minute. the trees you see right along the road are some of the biggest in the park and hiking the trails takes you to even larger trees. as with anything in the park go early to avoid the crowds and get some solitude in these amazing trees

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