Located south of the California/Oregon border on scenic Hwy 101, magnificent Smith River National Recreation Area is surrounded by state and national forests and the rugged Northern California coastline. Meeting the Pacific thirteen miles north of Crescent City, this river offers memorable times for everyone you bring on your Northern California RV camping trip.
What makes the Smith River a prime destination for those who relish the great outdoors? We could talk all day about the wild beauty of the region, but we’ve broken our admiration down into three excellent reasons to go RV camping on the Smith River.
Smith River Outdoor Recreation
Smith River fishing is one of the best reasons RV campers make this Northern California region home whenever they can. The blue green waters of the Smith River boast steelhead in the twenty-pound range, and the varied habitat of the main river, north and south forks will keep anglers busy for weeks. Fall campers will also find the Chinook fishing excellent!
Looking for more ways to enjoy the river? Kayaking is a highly popular way to explore the Smith River, so why not plan to paddle at least part of this free-flowing waterway? Area outfitters also offer Smith River rafting trips along the river’s Class IV/V rapids.
Active RV campers will love the miles of trails in the Smith River NRA, where more than three hundred miles of the river have been designated “wild and scenic”. Part of the Six Rivers National Forest, the Smith River area boasts such varied ecosystems, you’ll want to come back often to hike them all. Canyons, deep green forests and picturesque coastline will greet the avid hiker. If you prefer scenic drives to hiking, the Smith River National Scenic Byway gets top marks from our clients.
Smith River Campgrounds
Just six hours north of either Sacramento or the Dublin, CA area, it’s easy to pick up an RV rental and be camped along the Smith River the same day. The region’s excellent RV campgrounds welcome both the casual traveler and the RV camper hoping for an extended stay.
Salmon Harbor RV Resort , for example, is located right on the coast at the mouth of the Smith River and often hosts both ocean and river anglers. It’s also a favorite spot for vacationers hoping to hike among the giant redwoods (more about that in a minute!)
Another hospitable place to call home during your RV trip to the Smith River is Ship Ashore RV Park, located on an estuary off Hwy 101. You’ll wake to the sound of shore birds and thrill to the sight of St. George’s Reef Lighthouse, all while enjoying a private boat launch on the Smith River.
One more place we simply must mention to our readers is Hiouchi RV Resort, east of Crescent City, near the stunning beauty of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. You’ll camp amidst the peace and tranquility of the redwoods, just minutes from Smith River NRA.
Smith River Scenery
Now let’s talk for another minute about that stunning scenery. The Smith River winds through some of the most unforgettable views in California. The granite-lined canyons of this undammed river channel its pristine waters through dense redwood forests, past Port Orford cedars and Sitka spruce and along the habitats of dozens of species of wildlife waiting to be captured by your camera.
RV travelers who venture along the Smith River’s banks will find themselves surrounded by the wonders of not only Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, but also experiencing the coastal splendor of Tolowa Dunes State Park near Crescent City. The range of vistas in the Six Rivers National Forest alone is enough to fill several RV camping vacations.
So, when are you planning to go RV camping on California’s Smith River? We hope this post gets your vacation planning started and don’t forget, we’re always here to help make your RV camping trip memorable!