Today we visited the Smith River Recreational Area and Jedediah Smith State Park. It was a beautiful drive on a narrow dirt road with tons of bumps, but one of the most beautiful we have seen. The Smith River water is tinted by the river rocks and is almost emerald in color with a mix of aqua. The color in the pictures I have added will show you exactly how it looked, it was awesome!
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park boasts the most astounding drive in the Redwoods National Park District, the Howland Hill Road that winds through incredibly magnificent old-growth forest that is considered to be one of the most beautiful areas on earth. This park has several hiking trails, and a day use area adjacent to the campground, next to the Smith River. Popular attractions include the Simpson Reed Discovery Trail and Stout Grove. Stout Grove near Howland Hill Road, contains 'Stout Tree', the largest in the stand.
The region boasts some of the oldest and tallest trees on earth, magnificent coastal redwoods that are thousands of years old and hundreds of feet high. A huge network of national, state and regional parks have joined together to preserve the acres of remaining old-growth redwood forests threatened by heavy logging. The State Parks of Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods and Jedediah Smith Redwoods make up the Redwood National and State Parks.
We enjoyed this park much and highly recommend it to anyone in the area. More later from Brookings and California.