1111 2nd St
Crescent City, CA 95531-4123
Phone: (707) 458-3018
See the spectacular Smith River snaking beneath immense redwoods.
Free-flowing. It isn't a term that was even needed a few centuries ago. But now, with dams and diversions changing the natural watercourses of most of the rivers in the West, it's a term that applies to the tiny number of rivers that don't get blocked or changed as they flow. At Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park , the beautiful Smith River, the last major free-flowing river in California, glides beneath immense coast redwoods as it heads to the sea. Lovely Mill Creek, a major tributary of the Smith, also flows here, and though its name hints at the logging past of this region, much of the protected forest in the park is untouched old-growth forest, with huge trees soaring above a stunning understory of ferns, rhododendrons, and other native plants. Wander trails here and you'll be planning your next visit before you even leave.