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Boy Scout Tree Trail Vacation Packages (Flight + Hotel)
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Walk amid some of the finest redwood scenery on the planet and then visit a waterfall via this natural path. 

The Boy Scout Tree Trail cuts through a breathtaking forest in the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. A hike along this scenic track is an enjoyable activity for all the family and a great stopover on the Howland Hill Road. Follow the 5.6-mile (9-kilometer) long Boy Scout Tree Trail for up-close encounters with an unspoiled old-growth forest and centuries-old trees that grow over 300 feet (91 meters) tall.

Start the trail by walking through a lowland redwood forest, where trees rise up from a carpet of verdant ferns. You’ll cross a stream, climb ridges and navigate switchbacks. Note the spooky silence, something especially noticeable on calm, windless days. Pass through woodland areas with open canopies that allow sunbeams to enter and illuminate that foliage.

After about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) you’ll reach the Boy Scout Tree. This monstrous tree gets its name from its double trunk, which resembles the two-finger salute of a Boy Scout. Have fun measuring yourself up against this and the trail’s other gigantic redwoods. Remember to bring a camera to take photos of the forest’s extraterrestrial appearance.

A short walk from the Boy Scout Tree is Fern Falls, a modest waterfall and the end of the trail. The return journey presents the chance to view the redwoods from an alternative angle.

The trailhead is roughly a 25-minute drive from both Crescent City and the riverside village of Hiouchi. Park at the pullouts, which have space for about a dozen cars. The drive in on Howland Hill Road is spectacular and weaves around primeval forest. Close to the trailhead is access to the Mill Creek Trail and Nickerson Ranch Trail.

Visit the Boy Scout Tree Trail from sunrise to sunset. Try to come on a sunny day to experience the best of the forest’s colors and start early to avoid crowds. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear and remember to bring water with you.

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Anchor Beach Inn
Anchor Beach Inn
2 out of 5
880 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Nestled on the beach, this Crescent City motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of South Beach, Redwood National and State Parks, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. ...

3.8/5Good! (995 reviews)

"Super clean, allowed pups, working outdoor ice machine was nice. It was an easy distanced check-in after a long day of driving it was great to quickly pull in and sleep waking up to the sunrise and ocean views."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 22, 2020

Anchor Beach Inn
Oceanfront Lodge
Oceanfront Lodge
2.5 out of 5
100 A Street, Crescent City, CA
The price is CA $113 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19

Located in Crescent City, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 10-minute walk of Battery Point Lighthouse, B Street Pier, and Beachfront ...

3.4/5 (988 reviews)

"Good place to stay while visiting the north section of the Redwoods NP"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 2, 2021

Oceanfront Lodge
Beautiful Crescent City Home - 5 Minutes to Beach!
Beautiful Crescent City Home - 5 Minutes to Beach!
Crescent City, CA
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Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Redwood National and State Parks. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Beautiful home, helpful host

"My family and I did Thanksgiving here, and it was lovely! The home is well equipped, close to the beach, and Terri was very helpful. There were a couple of hiccups with the kerosene heating and hot water systems, and Terri helped us resolve them on Thanksgiving day itself. The kitchen is the best ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 14, 2019

Beautiful Crescent City Home - 5 Minutes to Beach!
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Anchor Beach Inn
Anchor Beach Inn
2 out of 5
880 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Anchor Beach Inn
Oceanfront Lodge
Oceanfront Lodge
2.5 out of 5
100 A Street, Crescent City, CA
The price is CA $113 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19
Oceanfront Lodge
Beautiful Crescent City Home - 5 Minutes to Beach!
Beautiful Crescent City Home - 5 Minutes to Beach!
Crescent City, CA
Beautiful Crescent City Home - 5 Minutes to Beach!
Redwood Meadows RV Resort and Cabins
Redwood Meadows RV Resort and Cabins
2 out of 5
2000 US-199, Crescent City, CA
The price is CA $80 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Redwood Meadows RV Resort and Cabins
Coastal Retreat Near Redwoods & 2 Miles to Beach!
Coastal Retreat Near Redwoods & 2 Miles to Beach!
Crescent City, CA
Coastal Retreat Near Redwoods & 2 Miles to Beach!
Oceanview Inn
Oceanview Inn
2.5 out of 5
270 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
The price is CA $102 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Oceanview Inn
Close to Smith River, Jedediah State Park, and Miles of Ocean Beaches.
Close to Smith River, Jedediah State Park, and Miles of Ocean Beaches.
Crescent City, CA
Close to Smith River, Jedediah State Park, and Miles of Ocean Beaches.
Lighthouse Inn
Lighthouse Inn
2.5 out of 5
681 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
The price is CA $107 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Lighthouse Inn
Twin Trees Retreat In The Redwoods At The River
Twin Trees Retreat In The Redwoods At The River
Crescent City, CA
The price is CA $255 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Twin Trees Retreat In The Redwoods At The River
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