- Open year-round.
- Day use sunrise to sunset.
- Campground open all year.
- October-April First Come First Served
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
In an effort to prevent visitation surges and help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), State Parks has implemented the following safety measures to date:
- Closed some parks, meaning all trails and restrooms within these parks are closed.
- Closed vehicular access at remaining parks, including for off-highway vehicle riding.
- Closed all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers.
- Cancelled all events.
A list of closures is available online at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve. The list is dynamic and updated on a regular basis.
During this period of social distancing due to COVID19 outbreak, join California State Parks on a daily digital exploration of our northernmost state parks! Each day we will virtually gather to explore what lies behind the redwood curtain. Your friendly guide will offer an online experience from the northern corners of California, through nature walks, historic and natural resources exploration, Q&A, and more! Tune in to experience tall trees and rugged seas- all from the comfort of your home. Programs offered every day of the week at 3pm. If you miss a program dont worry, each session will be archived and captioned for later access. To access, follow “California State Parks North Coast Redwoods'' on Facebook.
Grove of Titans and Mill Creek Trail Closure
On November 6, 2019, construction will begin on a 1,300-foot-long elevated walkway through the Grove of Titans (Grove) in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, part of Redwood National and State Parks in Del Norte County, California. This work is the first phase of a three-year, $3.5 million project organized and implemented by California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Redwood Parks Conservancy, and the National Park Service. The project, first announced in November 2018, was conceived to provide environmentally sensitive access to the Grove and adjacent forest. Thousands of visitors have been finding their way on “social trails” or unofficial pathways since the location of the Grove was first shared online in 1998, which has caused considerable damage over time.
During construction, from November 2019 to May 2021, the Mill Creek Trail will be closed from Howland Hill Road to the Smith River.
The renovation project will establish official, safe access to the Grove, provide ecosystem protections for the trees, visitor services and amenities, including a new restroom facility where the Mill Creek Trail meets Howland Hill Road.
For park visitors’ safety, the area around the Grove of Titans will be fenced off and closed during construction. Any park visitors in violation of the posted closure will be subject to a citation.
Park visitors may use the nearby Boy Scout Tree, Nickerson Ranch, Little Bald Hills, or Stout Grove trails, which are accessible from Howland Hill Road. As always, please recreate safely and protect you and your loved ones, as well as your natural surroundings. Always use official, open trails and avoid walking along roadways or on the forest floor. Be sure to actively supervise children at all times. For more information go to Save the Redwoods League's Grove of Titans page.
Del Norte Coast Redwoods, Jedediah-Smith Redwoods, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks are the only parks in the California State Parks system that accept the Federal Access Pass discount.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is the last in a long string of redwood parks that stretch up Northern California's coast. A few miles inland from the ocean, the park is densely forested with huge ancient trees. In fact, it contains seven percent of all the old-growth redwoods left in the world. No roads or trails mark "Jed Smith's" core—just pure, primeval majesty.
The park was named for Jedediah Strong Smith, who in the 1820s became the first white man to explore the interior of northern California. The park was established in 1929 with a small parcel donated to Save the Redwoods League by the family of lumberman Frank Stout.
Today, you can fish, snorkel, or kayak in the Smith River, the longest major free-flowing river in California; take a historic drive on Howland Hill Road; enjoy a campfire program at Jedediah Smith Campground; or hike through a lush rainforest on 20 miles of trails. The 1936 film The Last of the Mohicans was filmed just upstream, in the Smith River National Recreation area.
“Thick redwood forest, banana slugs, a beautiful river, and pollywogs,” says Save the Redwoods League, which helped the state acquire more than 5,500 acres of redwoods here. “What more could you ask for?”
Redwood National and State Parks
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park’s 10,000 acres are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and California State Parks, as are Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park. A World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, Redwood National and State Parks protect 45 percent of California’s remaining old-growth redwoods—an area almost four times the size of Manhattan Island.
You don’t need a tent or an RV to enjoy the beautiful old growth redwoods! Jedediah Smith Redwoods Redwoods State Park offers you access to “get-away-from-it-all” rental cabins.
Four cabins, all of which are ADA accessible, are located within the Jedediah Smith Redwoods Campground within Redwood National and State Parks.
Cabins have electricity; heaters and lights. No kitchen or bathroom.
Maximum occupancy is 6 persons. Each cabin has 2 bunk beds, each with a twin over a double in size, no mattress pads. Guest need to bring their own bedding. Space for a small tent outside to accommodate an additional 2 people max.
Cabin rate includes entry for one vehicle; additional vehicles will be charged $8 per night.
No Smoking, cooking or open flame inside the cabins. Cabins each have an outdoor Barbecue, fire pit, bear box and picnic bench.
For more information on the cabins or to make a reservation go to www.reservecalifornia.com.
*Credit Card required for check in process.
Here at the confluence of the Smith River and Mill Creek, summer temperatures range from 45 to 85 degrees, in contrast to the cool, fog-bound coast. Winter can bring 100 inches of rain and temperatures between 30 and 65 degrees; snow is rare.
Rules & Notifications
• Don’t feed wildlife and keep your camp free of all traces of food.
• Store food in an animal-proof food locker.
• Place all your garbage in an animal-proof trash can.
• Howland Hill Road is gravel and not recommended for trailers.
This park is Crumb Clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact human food has on park wildlife.
Nine miles east of Crescent City on Highway 199.
Summer temperatures range from 45 - 85 degrees. Winter temps fluctuate from 30 - 60 degrees.
Annual rainfall can reach up to 100 inches from November through May.