The old growth forests outside Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park cabins are the most pristine in the world. See these special trees on the park's otherworldly trails.
Possibly the world's best redwood road, this scenic drive bisects the park and ascends through the redwoods, passing through impressive specimens until it reaches a verdant outcrop. An enclosed valley awaits.
If you've come to gawp at the monstrous plantlife in the park, this is the trail for you. Running through old-growth forest, the trail takes you through lowland forests densely populated by giant trees. The sunlight diffuses through gaps in the cathedral-like canopy, illuminating their red trunks with bouncing spots of light.
Branch off this trail to see the Grove of Titans and the Del Norte Titan. This trail, which lets you get up close to the world's widest trees, is only a mile from Howland Hill Road. Be sure to take care not to trample the delicate ferns of the ancient groves that draw awestruck visitors from around the world.
Little ones will marvel at the trees that preside over this remarkable state park like mythological giants. Young and old shift their perspective when visiting these two-millennia-old trees, which loom far above the human visitors to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park hotels and cabins.
Besides the trees themselves, a plethora of wildlife is sustained by this ecosystem, including scampering squirrels and bigger mammals such as mountain lions and bears. Look out for Steller's jays, which sometimes steal food from the picnic tables, and the flash of kingfishers darting over the Smith River.
The state park is also a mecca for fishing fans. Adjacent to a picnic area equipped with stoves, there are superb fishing holes where you can hook steelhead trout and other species.
Come summertime, you and your family can engage with the park through guided walks, evening campfire talks, and storytelling sessions. Rangers open your eyes to park nature and history.