Smith River Scenic Byway

Smith River Scenic Byway

This U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway is highlighted by white-water rapids on the Smith River, redwoods, rhododendrons, ferns and diverse geological land forms and ecosystems.

Smith River Scenic Byway begins, appropriately enough, in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. This park, along with neighboring Redwoods National Park and Del Norte State Park, accounts for almost half of the state’s remaining old growth forests. Along with the thirty-five story tall redwoods, a variety of other conifers flourish in these parks, a testament to centuries of ecological prosperity along the Northern California coast.

Campgrounds are available to campers and backpackers who yearn to sleep among some of the world’s oldest and largest inhabitants. Wildlife enthusiasts observe bobcats, black bears, coyotes, river otters, deer, and even the occasional bald eagle.

For more information, history and stories of this byway please visit the Scenic Byway website:

Length of Byway or Route: 33 miles, 1 hour drive time

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Mary K Vandiver



Smith River Scenic Byway