Redwood National and State Parks’ four-park information center is in Crescent City at 1111 Second Street. Telephone: 707-465-7335. Other visitor centers are in Orick, Prairie Creek, Jedediah Smith Campground, and Hiouchi.
The Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park brochure contains valuable information on the park’s natural and cultural history as well as tips for planning your visit.
Other good sources of information about the park are Save the Redwoods League http://www.savetheredwoods.org, Redwood Parks Association, http://www.redwoodparksassociation.org/node/9 and Smith River Alliance http://smithriveralliance.org.
Learn about the history of the area at the Del Norte County Museum in Crescent City. May 1 to October 1, the museum is open 6 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To go deeper, check out these books.
- McKinney, John, Day Hiker’s Guide to California Parks, The Trailmaster, 2007.
- Preston, Richard, The Wild Trees, Random House, 2008. The first chapter in Section 4, “Love in Zeus: The Lost Valley” describes a grueling 2-man search for champion trees in Jed Smith state park’s trail-less backcountry. Overall, Preston says, “The rainforest in Jed Smith state park is exceptionally dense, among the densest rainforests anywhere on earth, rivaling those of the jungle mountains of Peru and the fjords of southern Chile.”
- Rohde, Jerry and Gisela, Best Short Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks, The Mountaineers, 2004.
- Rohde, Jerry and Gisela, Redwood National & State Parks: Tales, Trails, and Auto Tours, MountainHome Books, 1994.