Fort Dick, CA

Our first stop is only 15 miles south of the Oregon-California border and 5 miles north of Crescent City. But we can’t leave northern CA without visiting the amazing redwoods.

Redwoods RV Resort

Just off Highway 101 on the Del Norte  coast, this RV Park is nestled under the tallest tree species on earth.

The Redwoods Camping Mascot Woodrow Redtree guides visitors throughout the grove of cabins, RV spaces, and tent sites.

Creek Trail

A short trail in the park starts by crossing an old planked bridge.

Life is always “looking up” when redwoods tower overhead.

A fallen coastal redwood looks like a wall.

Look at the size of these shallow roots. That’s all that was holding up this giant.

Here’s the other side of the log. Even fallen redwoods provide habitats for plants, shelters for animals, and enrichment for the soil.

Sooooooooooo big!

At the end of the trail I pick blackberries and carry them in my always handy dandy black bandana. I look forward to eating these with some Greek yogurt and honey we bought locally.

Revisiting Stout Grove

Two years ago Jeff and I stayed at Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park and first experienced the majesty of this ancient coastal redwood forest. We needed to renew our awe and amazement again.

“In 1929, Mrs. Clara Stout donated this 44-acre grove to the Save-the-Redwoods-League to save it from being logged and to memorialize her husband, lumber baron Frank D. Stout. A walk along this .5-mile loop trail reveals colossal redwoods thriving in rich soil deposited during periodic flooding of the Smith River. Here, waist-high sword ferns carpet the forest floor and normally flared tree bases stop short, covered in river soils. Flood waters inhibit the growth of understory trees and plants… leaving the 300-foot redwoods on display. A short spur trail leads you to the serpentine waters of the Smith River.” (nps.gov)

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The Smith River…

This bridge becomes impassable during winter rainfalls.

As quoted on a memorial bench in the grove…

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” Shakespeare 

So true!

Jeezaloo!

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This grove of colossal redwoods is easily accessible from Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park depending upon the time of the year.

Today we walk to the Winter Boat Launch within the campground and take a short rocky trek along the Smith River.

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We arrive at the Summer Footbridge that crosses the river where, I admit, I feel a bit nervous halfway across.

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Patting myself on the back and wiping my brow, I discreetly celebrate my bravery.

A short distance later we enter a serene, surreal, and scenic trail of  redwoods.

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Their stature of some 300-feet truly amazes us…

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Until I discover…

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So Jeff!


Stout Grove is a perfect example of an alluvial-flat. The redwoods here thrive in the rich soil of the Smith River floodplain where the flood waters also inhibit the growth of understory trees so common in other groves. (Redwood Visitor Guide)

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Ferns and redwood sorrel carpet the ground. Horsetail reed, pictured below, grows along Miller Creek which empties into the Smith River.

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According to multiple sources on the internet, Stout Grove is one of the most photogenic redwood stands on the coast.

Finally, no one says it better than Shakespeare. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

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The plaque pictured above is on a bench in Stout Grove. Save the Redwoods League, founded in 1918, protects and restores redwood forests… to ensure that forests that take one thousand years to grow will be here for another thousand years. People and families generously donate a gift of money to support these ongoing efforts in addition to providing funds for further study and teaching. (savetheredwoods.org)