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Howland Hill Road

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Address: Jedediah Smith State Park, Crescent City, CA

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dirt/gravel road

Tis road is not for trailers/big RV's. It is a beautiful drive. be sure and stop at Stout Grove and hike to the Boy Scout Tree.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove from the Jedediah Smith Redwoods Visitor Center to Crescent City via Howland Hill Road. We were lucky to not get caught in the construction delays and there were few cars. However when we got behind any car it just a cloud of dust making it difficult to appreciate the forest. It seems it must have been this way... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tis road is not for trailers/big RV's. It is a beautiful drive. be sure and stop at Stout Grove and hike to the Boy Scout Tree.

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North by Northwest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a bit skeptical going into this drive. I have seen big trees before - but never in this context. Simply put, this drive through the Jedediah Smith State Park will make your jaw drop in awe. We came through on a weekend, and traffic was surprisingly light. This is a gravel road, but it is well maintained and... More 

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Arlington, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drive is wonder-filled but the best experience is to be had on a hike into these wonderous woods!!! Do the Stout Grove as a minimum, The Boy Scout Trail if you can (gnarly exposed roots cover much of the almost-6 mile round trip). Get Up! And Go Early! You just might have this whole magical place to yourself!!!

Thank gabewantsmore
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Remember going to Disneyland as a kid, getting into a cart and riding it, hoping it will never end? Driving through this enchanted forest has that feeling, as you drop slowly then deeply into a prehistoric place, where (as someone here said), it feels like you could see a dinosaur at any moment. While the dust from the road may... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice drive down through the heart of the redwoods. It is full of old growth trees and ferns. It seems like a dinosaur should come walking by any minute. It is down a dirt road but it is pretty smooth and easy to travel, the only thing is it can get narrow at time but cars are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Howland Hill Road was a beautiful drive. You can take your time and really explore everything off Howland, or just drive straight through if you're limited on time. The road can be a bit windy at times, so be aware of that I you have children or get carsick easily. You'll cross several bridges and see scenic overlooks of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Howland Hill Road takes you right into the heart of the redwoods, providing a sense of astonishment and wonder, as you are unable to view the treetops, the treetops of ancient, wise old things that have been here much longer than you have. The road is unpaved and dusty, but that was trivial for me. A camera would definitely be... More 

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Moore, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the most beautiful spot in the Redwoods that we saw on our trip. Felt like another world! Lots of places to stop and explore and we loved "The big Tree" location. Overall this had lots of amazing hikes and views. Would have loved more time to explore!

Thank kamicollin
Santa Barbara County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the best thing about the whole park! Watch out for some drivers taking it too fast though. Recommend taking it from the coast inland. Drops you right at Stout Grove.

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