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Jedediah Smith Campground

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Jedediah Smith Campground, Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, California

The Site: The stately coastal redwoods here are so densely packed that precious few trails or roads have been cut through the forest. Thankfully, the park staff carved out a campground in the middle of a grove, which brings shade and beauty to every site. The best one? Site 3, which is wooded, spacious, and atmospheric. After you set up, walk the short but sweet Stout Grove Trail loop, which winds through a pristine forest of impossibly tall and ancient trees.

The Basics: 89 sites; picnic tables, fire rings, flush toilets; tents and small RVs only (no hookups); $20 per night per site, which covers entry to any state park in the region for the following 24 hours; reserve up to seven months in advance at parks.ca.gov or (800) 444-7275.


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