Camping in the California Redwoods

I had always wanted to see the famous California redwoods. So we made sure to make them a priority for a big road trip in 2013.


Camping in the majestic California redwoods at Jedediah Smith State Park


In an effort to save money on our road trip, we decided to search for campgrounds in areas where we couldn’t stay with a host friend or family. We settled on Jedediah Smith State Park in northern California.


The park itself was amazing. We had giant redwoods literally right outside of our tent. My only regret is that we didn’t take any high quality photos. Go here for some gorgeous pictures of the redwoods and campgrounds of Jedediah Smith State Park.


Unfortunately, my nice camera was out of commission during this epic road trip and all I had was a really crappy phone camera. But I’ll share my crappy pictures of the redwoods anyway. Because even crappy redwood pictures are impressive.


Redwoods at Jedediah Smith State Park


But don’t you know I wish I had a high quality photo of this!


Redwoods at Jedediah Smith State Park


There were various trails within the campgrounds. One that went right beside our campsite led to a beautiful river.


Redwoods at Jedediah Smith State Park


The “bear awareness” at this park had us a little on edge. We’ve never camped somewhere with such serious bear security. There was a big, metal box for locking away any food or things with a strong scent. And signs imploring you not to leave such things in your car overnight.


We were so nervous that when a deer snuck up on us on a trail, my daughter screamed and scared us all to death. All survived the deer encounter. And we never saw any sign of a bear.


When we packed up the next day and headed further south, we stopped several times to explore more redwoods.


California redwoods


Maybe one day we can go back and I can take good photos! Sigh. Oh well.


California redwoods


Have you ever visited the Californian redwoods?




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