Learn Something New Every Day!

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!

Comments on: "Winter Trip Stop 5: JEDEDIAH SMITH REDWOODS STATE PARK" (16)

  1. Barbara Yong said:

    You sure have been to a lot of beautiful places.

  2. Wow! What a spectacular drive! Your sense of adventure always takes you to magical places! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  3. Really looks like a must-see – and MUST-CAMP – destination!

    • Thanks for stopping by. I do not camp, but this would be a great place to camp–being out among the trees and stars at night sounds terrific.

  4. It looks beautiful – even in rain and mist!

  5. Interesting tidbit about Star Wars … Anyone who saw the film remembers the scene. Wet in Oregon in the winter? Wow … now that’s something new! 😉

    • HA. Yeah, Oregon always seems wet, doesn’t it. That is why I figured travel anyway. But it did get a bit extreme in areas according to the news. We never saw any extreme weather. Just had a fun time! And Star Wars is always fun!

  6. One of my favorite places in the entire world Patti. I can still feel the emotional response I had when visiting. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

    • Thanks, Tina. I do share photos of my whole visit, so I can re-experience the day. I am glad the photos help others immerse themselves as well.

  7. […] miles, this day’s drive was actually the shortest leg of our trip. Earlier in the day, we visited Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, enjoying all those great trees.  We would reach the hotel in a couple […]

  8. Beautiful. Looking at all your photos makes we want to go out and hike. I especially like the photo through the window with rain drops. Interesting info about Star Wars, too.

    • I always like tagging along on your hikes! I would not like to hike in the rain, but driving and viewing in the rain was great. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. […] part of our Winter Trip, we were driving from Medford, Oregon, to Eureka, California, enjoying redwoods and ocean views along the […]

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