My friend and I were about halfway through our wonderful Winter Trip. The plan was to start heading home, but we opted to take the longer, more scenic route than to just drive quickly down I-5. This day’s drive was simply taking us from Medford, Oregon, to Eureka, California. We traveled along Highway 199, also known as the Redwood Highway, eventually connecting with Highway 101 in California.
It was raining a bit that day, but we still knew the drive would be gorgeous as it skirted along various redwood state parks. We knew we would stop and explore any location that looked especially enticing.
Eventually, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park along Highway 199 about nine miles east of Crescent City caught our eye and became the fifth stop of our trip. We entered the park near its campground where there is easy view of and access to the Smith River that runs through the park.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park was created in 1939. It protects 10,430 acres of redwoods. The park was named after Jedediah Smith, the first white explorer who—in 1826—made a two-year trapping expedition into the area. Today, the park is considered the most unspoiled redwood park. Although it has 18 miles of hiking trails, there are great stands of old-growth redwoods that are not accessible via trails. The park is a popular location for fishing and offers 100 campsites.
SOME VIEWS OF THE SMITH RIVER, POPULAR FOR SALMON
THESE LITTLE WATER FALLS ON THE OPPOSITE BANK MUST BE OVERFLOW FROM ALL THE RAIN
SMALL PART OF THE CAMPGROUND & PICNIC AREA
I LOVE WANDERING THROUGH THESE BIG TREES
We had a great time exploring this lovely spot! Then we continued on our way, heading to Eureka for the night.
Do you remember Star Wars: Return of the Jedi? Where there is a speeder race through some redwoods? That scene was partially filmed in a part of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Here’s the video clip! WHAT A RIDE!
OF COURSE, THE FORCE IS STRONG IN THE REDWOODS!