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“Site 52 is a must, very clean campsite, local visitor centre was amazingly helpful”

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Jedediah Smith Campground
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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182 reviews
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“Site 52 is a must, very clean campsite, local visitor centre was amazingly helpful”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

As soon as we arrived a very cheerful lady checked us in and told us we had the best site on the campground - she was right. Site 52 was in a very wooded area but with a clearing to sit and view down to the river and trail a few steps away. The showers and toilets were some of the cleanest and well kept I have seen in a state park and it was a very relaxing campground. If you go to the visitors centre just opposite the entrance to the park then you may be lucky enough to talk to Ron. He was so enthusiastic and helpful with he various hikes around and we took the Boy Scout Trail and Stout Grove walks were excellent for short walks although the Howland Hill Road is very dusty, bumpy etc to get to the trail heads !

Room Tip: Sites 48-52 are along the river with 52 having the best situation.
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Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Port Angeles, Washington
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

My family and I truly enjoyed this State Park. The setting was beautiful, cute little gift shop, and the things to see and do were plentiful. My boys had fun participating in the Redwoods Adventure Quest and earning their free badge! The sites were wooded and private(try to snag one by the river if you can.) We really enjoyed a lazy day laying by the river letting our boys search for crawdads. The only two negatives to this campground were that you have to pay for the showers, which is rather typical but nice when you don't have to, and there are absolutely NO hooks to hang your stuff on in the showers. That sounds silly, but it is sort of awkward trying to find a place for your clothes and toiletries. Also, no soap is provided near the sinks so it is a good idea to keep some hand wash in your pocket when headed to the restroom. We would definitely camp here again.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Mt. Clemens Michigan
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32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for two nights and were sad to say goodbye to this campground. The sites are big, the restrooms are clean (except you need to bring your own soap to wash your hands), and the scenery is unmatched. There is a ton of hiking and river access around this campground. You do have to pay for the showers but on the plus side the water never got cold. We stayed at site 16 which was great but on both sides there is access to the river so we had people walking day and night next to our site.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Saline, Michigan
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82 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here one night on our roadtrip from Cali to Michgan. We ended up here on a whim and paid $35 for a site. The sites were VERY spacious although they did range in size. We got a HUGE site for our little prius and little 2 person tent but the campground was not even close to full. They had very nice bathrooms and showers (quarter operated). They had trails and the campground it right on a lovely clean river. They had fire pits and food lockers. We had everything we needed. It was so magical to camp underneath such giant trees. Make sure to drive over to stouts grove just a few miles away for a nice 1/2 mile loop trail through an incredible forest!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milwaukee
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is probably the best campground I've ever camped at. Each campsite is very spacious and can probably accommodate three to four 2-4 person tents if you wanted to, and it's also surrounded by redwoods. The one downside to the campsite is that there is not much coverage between the campsites, but it's so spacious, that it doesn't really matter too much.
If you get a campground in the 50's, they run along the river and you can take a short walk down to the river.
The campsites are very clean and come with their own bear lockers.
The bathrooms/showers are the cleanest that I've seen for a campsite. It looked like it was recently renovated with new tiles. They were better than the other hotels' bathrooms that we stayed at along our road trip

Room Tip: Campground in the 50s runs right next to a river
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Ellijay, Georgia
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Enjoyed a wonderful night camping under these majestic trees. Our campsite was very close to the Smith River, which is a attraction by itself. Beautiful river. The facilities in the campground were excellent as well. Appears to be recently remodeled! It was excellent!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2013

This campground is probably my favorite campground of all the campgrounds I've camped in. Each site is surrounded by beautiful, towering redwood trees. The sound when the wind blows through them is unlike any other. So, so peaceful.

What is nice about this campground is that it is quiet and relaxing. It's not necessarily right next to all the main attractions in Redwood National Park, but that makes this place all the more perfect. You don't hear cars driving by on the highway and you don't get constant traffic walking by your campsite each day.

This was our second time staying here. We stayed in site #35 and really enjoyed it. We had site #22 the previous time, which was also great, but less private because you get a lot of traffic walking on the trail behind the site to the bathrooms. So site #35: It backed up against the trees (no campsites behind) and was pretty private with thick trees and bushes on all sides. It was also close to the bathrooms/showers. Just past the bathrooms is a trail that leads down to the lower level of the campground and then past those sites is the Smith River. Go to the river. It is so, so beautiful. We saw some fish and tadpoles, as well as a river otter on one of the days.

I highly recommend that you take a trip to the park at least once in your life. If you are camping, stay at Jedediah Smith Campground. It is simply the best.

Pros:
- quiet and well-kept
- awesome, friendly camp hosts
- within driving distance of main attractions in Redwood National Park (Gold Bluffs Beach, Fern Canyon, Stout Grove, Elk Prairie, Lady Bird Johnson Grove)
- filled with giant redwoods
- the river is great for swimming, playing in the sand, or just relaxing
- great place for kids
- within easy driving distance of the town of Crescent City (in case of need for groceries, etc.)

Room Tip: Site #35 was awesome!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Jedediah Smith Campground
Address: 1440 US Highway 199, Crescent City, CA 95531-9301
Region: United States > California > Crescent City
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Ranked #3 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Crescent City
Number of rooms: 90

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