Established in 1929, the park is named after the intrepid explorer, Jedediah Strong Smith, who was the first non-native man to explore the interior of northern California in 1826.
The park protects 10,000 acres of primeval redwood groves and is bisected by the last major free flowing river in California, the Smith River (also named after the explorer). Almost all of the park land is water shed for the Smith River and Mill Creek, a major tributary and spawning ground for King salmon and Steelhead trout in the fall and winter. With 20 miles of hiking and nature trails, river access, campground, day use area, and a visitor center with exhibits (open May-September), Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is a true gem. Wildlife of the park is both abundant and varied, including such animals as black bear, deer, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, skunks, fox, beaver, river otter, squirrels, chipmunks, and many others. Some of the rare or uncommon examples of bird life identified include the Bald Eagle, Spotted Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, and Marbled Murrelet.
Here is a great video of Howland Hill Road in Jedediah Smith Redwoods: