Jedediah Smith Campground Review Summary
Jedediah Smith Campground is a large campground situated in an old-growth redwood forest on the banks of the Smith River in northwestern California. The Smith River is only remaining free-flowing river left in California and is designated as a Wild & Scenic River, giving it extra protections by the Federal Government. The campground is highly developed and has over 106 campsites, as well as 5 hike-in/bike-in campsites, some of which are directly adjacent to Smith River. Giant old-growth redwood trees provide a thick canopy of shade over the entire campground.
There are lots of activities available at Jedediah Smith, including swimming, hiking, fishing and seasonal campfire programs. There are 18 miles of hiking trails that offer a variety of hiking and biking, including the River Beach Trail which follows the river and is highly scenic.
Each of the campsites at Jedediah Smith Campground include a picnic table, bear locker, fire ring and access to bathrooms with showers.
Jedediah Smith Campground – Bottom Line
Jedediah Smith is a great family camping destination because of its proximity to the Smith river and all of the activities that it offers, but if you are the type that likes solitude, this is not the campground for you. Campsite privacy is a luxury here, as many of the campsites are pretty close together and have little or no barriers between the campsites; you can hear and see your neighbors. The campground highly developed with paved roads and a camp store located on site in case you forgot any of your camping supplies.
The best things about Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is the scenery provided by the huge redwood trees and the blue waters of the crystal clear Smith River, which is one of the cleanest and clearest rivers I have ever seen. The wide-open beaches along the river provide great spots where you can seek out some solitude from your fellow campers and are perfect for pitching your camping chairs on and watching the river flow by all day long.
The bottom line on Jedediah Smith Campground is go, if you do not care about campsite privacy and want to camp in a developed campground. However, if you want more privacy and want a slightly more rustic camping experience go up the river to one of the National Forest campsites that are also on the banks of Smith River. These include Grassy Flat, Panther Flat, and North Fork campgrounds.
Jedediah Smith Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Primitive, Dispersed|
|Number of Campsites:||111 Campsites (106 Family Campsites, 5 Hike-in/Bike-in Campsites)|
|Cost:||$35/night + $8 reservation fee if booked online|
|Beach/Lake Access:||Yes – Beach along Smith River|
|RV/Trailer Length:||RV – 36 Feet, Trailer – 31 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Open all year|
|Other:||Boat Ramp for launching small boats|
|Address:||1111 Second Street, Crescent City, CA 95531|
|Geo Coordinates:||41.798139, -124.084382|
|Nearest City/Town:||Hiouchi, California|
|Location:||Del Norte County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||9 Miles to Crescent City|
The entrance to the campground on US Highway 199 approximately 9 miles from Crescent City. From US highway 101 take highway 199 for approximately 9 miles. The campground entrance will be on the right hand side of the road. If traveling from the north stay on US Highway 199. Approximately 1 mile past the small town of Hiouchi will be the entrance to the campground. It will be on your left hand side.
|Web:||Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Late Summer – The weather in the summer is great, but there will be lots of people at Jedediah Smith during the peak summer camping season, so go after Labor Day.
What To Do
Hiking – There are over 18 miles of hiking trails in and around Jedediah Smith Campground.
Swimming and Kayaking – Smith River offers a variety of water sports, including direct access to the water from the campground.
Fishing – There are a variety of fish including steelhead in the Smith River, making fishing a popular activity.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park was established in 1929. The Smith River is only remaining free flowing river left in California and is protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.
Jedediah Smith Campground Photos
Image Credits: Justin Wilson