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I have gone here for years, since I was a child. We still go and there are beautiful places along... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
Crescent City, California

We were lucky enough to book a cabin on the Smith River. It is a super clean, emerald colored... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2016
Sharon K
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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River noted for it scenic beauty and proliferation of steelhead fish.
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Gasquet, CA
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

I have gone here for years, since I was a child. We still go and there are beautiful places along the river to picnic. There are FISH! in the river...Steelhead and Salmon. Elk and Deer and all kinds of wildlife abound. This is an amazing...More

Thank CalBredTB
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We were lucky enough to book a cabin on the Smith River. It is a super clean, emerald colored, winding & twisting river. There are many public beaches (rocky) with great swimming holes. It is the only river in CA that isn't dammed and it...More

Thank Sharon K
Reviewed 15 July 2016

I discovered the Smith River on my 1st cross-country trip in 1975; it's 41 years later and we now live along the river at the edge of Jed Smith Redwoods State Park. The river and the park are as magnificent now as they were then....More

1  Thank Gudwill
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Superclean rivers with absolutely stunning views. Thanks to all the rain there was rushing water and waterfalls from the sides of the mountains Plenty of pullouts for photo ops. Some of the road has no side rails so don't speed around the sharp curves or...More

Thank Thewickedwidow
Reviewed 25 November 2014

We go there every summer to swim, my friends go fishing there all the time. It's beautiful, very long river with lots of tucked away places to canoe and picnic. People river raft down it and kayak too. This is a beautiful super clean and...More

1  Thank Rita S
Reviewed 16 September 2014 via mobile

So beautiful the first spot is the best and most secluded!! Clearest river ever! Go early to get best spot take a picnic or small bbq and stay all day its worth the hour drive, from Grants Pass

2  Thank SharyceBracewell
Reviewed 21 June 2014

This river is fantastic for floating, swimming, walking along or just sitting on the banks and enjoying. There are lots of swimming holes and lots of places for both tranquil floats and fast paced rapids. Myrtle beach is gorgeous, but there tend to be a...More

3  Thank LisaTarragona
Reviewed 19 May 2013

the last wild, undammed river in California and one of the best swimming rivers on Earth. go to the south fork via Smith grove enjoy the clean ample water any time of year

1  Thank gringoraro
Reviewed 29 March 2013

There is nothing there. You have a pristine river with difficult access and questonable eateries. The atmosphere is questionable.

1  Thank piratejani
Reviewed 5 January 2013

Pristine is how I will always remember this river which touts being the cleanest river in the US and I can believe after standing in it and being able to see straight to the bottom! Unparalled in river enjoyment!

1  Thank Denise B
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