Jedediah Smith Redwoods Day Use Area

Two adults on a red inflatable kayak. Redwood forests cover the hills either side of a green river.
The Day Use Area leads right to the Smith River.

NPS / Michelle Covington

Quick Facts
West of Hiouchi, CA
Access to the Smith River
State Park

Beach/Water Access, Canoe/Kayak/Small Boat Launch, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Parking - Boat Trailer, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Toilet - Vault/Composting, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Water - Drinking/Potable

The jumping off point for picnics, hikes, walks, swimming and boating in the north of the parks.

Access to the day use area is from the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park Campground, entrance road. An $8 per vehicle day use fee is required.

Here, the emerald green waters of the wild and scenic Smith River flow past old-growth redwood trees. This is an incredibly beautiful and popular destination in the summer.

Families with canoes, boats, kayaks, rubber rafts and inner tubes congregate along the cobbled banks of the river adjacent to this day use area. While summer air temperates may reach 90 F (32C), the river remains cool and inviting.

The day use area is also the starting point for those who want to use the summer hikers' bridge to walk upstream to the Stout Memorial Grove.

Redwood National and State Parks

Last updated: January 28, 2021