Smith River Scenic Byway: US 101 to Collier Tunnel Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This thirty-three-mile scenic drive traverses the spectacular Smith River Canyon as it winds eastward from Crescent City on the Pacific coast to the Oregon border. There’s magic in rivers. Sit beside a river and it unlocks some of the land’s deepest secrets. Listen to its flow, watch its waters glisten in the sunlight, hear the stories it tells of far-off winter snows, cascading waterfalls, tumbling rapids, and water-worn cobbles. The Smith River, tinted emerald by its riverbed rocks, unravels a tale in its tumbling currents of ancient, untrammeled wildness, of tall trees standing quietly like sentinels along its banks in cathedral groves, of the furtive comings and goings of Indians and the mountain man for which it was named. The Smith River scenic drive follows U.S. 199 as it weaves along the river for thirty-three miles through what is simply some of the best and most beautiful country in all of California. This is the kind of place that takes hold of you and won’t let go. It imprints itself on your memory and becomes a resting place in hectic times. Special attractions: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Redwood National Park, Six Rivers National Forest, redwood forests, salmon and steelhead fishing, hiking, camping, swimming, rafting, picnicking, scenic views, and diverse floral community. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."