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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is our all time favorite state park.  The campground is located in an old growth redwood forest and the Smith River runs thorough the park providing opportunities for both fishing and swimming.  A short walk across the river via the summer footbridge leads to an easy hike through Stout Grove.  The more adventurous can continue along the trails that follow the banks of the Smith River.  And several other groves in Redwood National Park are just a short drive away.

About 7 miles from the park is Crescent City where one can get all of the necessities he might need while staying at the park.  For groceries, Ray's Food Place is a full service market and has a beautiful meat counter.  Most other basic items can be found at Wal-Mart, including some RV supplies.  If your luck is less than good, you can get vehicle parts at Napa or service at Joe's Chevron.  And if you need it, Suburban Propane is right across the street from the Chevron.

There are many things to do in Crescent City.  You can go to the Battery Point Lighthouse (about, history).  Be sure to check the local tides before planning your trip as the lighthouse is only accessible during low tide.

Crescent Beach makes for a nice place to picnic or spend the whole day.  From Crescent City, take U.S. 101 south about 3 miles.  Turn right (south) on Enderts Beach Rd. and continue 0.7 miles to the parking lot entrance.  Stop to pick ripe blackberries on Enderts Beach Rd. during the late summer.  The beach used to be full of driftwood that was deposited from the 1964 tsunami but the pile is dwindling.  However, you can still find enough for a small beach fire.  And if you bring a saw and a lot of energy, there are plenty of large pieces available.

Citizen's Dock is a public pier located along U.S. 101 on the south edge of town.  Many commercial fishing boats unload their catch in the early afternoon.  Eureka Fisheries has a retail counter.  Expect average prices but the fish is definitely fresh!  I've also seen many people crabbing on the dock.  There is a tackle shop on the pier for more information.

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