Hiouchi

Hiouchi Mountain-top home

The peaceful hamlet of Hiouchi is situated along Hwy 199 in Del Norte County, 10 miles from Crescent City, -5 miles east of Hwy 101, in a forest valley that includes one of the best camping grounds in the nation ~Jed Smith State & National Redwood Park.
It contains some of the grandest trees in the world and over 100 camp sites along its meandering one-lane road. It is bounded by Hwy 199 and the pristine Smith River -one of the last undammed clean-water rivers in the country. It's at the heart of the Jed Smith National Recreation Area, which includes beaches, pond-like areas, high cliffs, and bridges. It's also a prime salmon and steelhead fishing destination, with guides and boats available for rent.
There's a motel, busy convenience store/gas station, mobile home park, wood carving shop with lots of great bears, bowls, and other wood sculptures, along with a popular RV park. Nearby is the seasonally open Ranger-Information Center and the entrance to Jed Smith Park.
There are less than a few hundred homes in the area, some of the most enviable being located near on one the cliffs overlooking the Smith River.
The weather in Hiouchi is about as perfect as can be found at such a latitude because it's not too far inland (where that summers get very hot), nor too close to the coast (which gets the ocean fog and cloud cover) There's a stretch of high Redwood-covered hills that block the fog and low clouds because the giant Redwoods absorb all the moisture -perhaps a million gallons per day. So Hiouchi enjoys a veritable Goldilocks equivalent of "just right" weather when it's not so right to the east or the west.







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Hiouchi Hilltop view

This area is actually a collection of State and National parks. Located near Crescent City, on Highway 199 in the ancient Redwood Groves. Hiouchi Motel is located in the heart of this wonderful area. The Giant Coastal Redwoods in Hiouchi offer an un-crowded experience for visitors wishing to experience the area. Backpackers & hikers will enjoy the excellent day hikes among the old logging roads in the state parks of Jedediah Smith, Del Norte, and Prairie Creek.

Created in 1990, the 305,000-acre Smith River National Recreation Area offer something for everyone. The Smith River - one of the largest Wild and Scenic River systems in the United States, is 27-miles of National Scenic Byways. This area is rich in cultural history, with unique examples of Native American culture, early mining, and mule train days. The area still offers many of the wonders that first brought visitors to the Redwoods. Come enjoy fishing, hiking, kayaking and other sports in the Heart of the Redwoods!

We are close to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park which was established as a state park in 1929. The park is named after the first white man to explorer the interior of Northern California, Jedediah S. Smith. As a trapper in Northern California, his journey began in 1826 and lasted 2 years. He pioneered a trail Southwest from the Great Salt Lakes, across the Mojave Desert and through the San Bernadino Mountains into California. You can learn more about this remarkable area when you visit Jedediah National Park, just West of Hiouchi Cafe & Motel.

This 10,000 acre park is comprised of predominately old growth Redwoods and is bisected by the last major free flowing river in California, the Smith River. Though the park is predominantly Redwoods, Conifers such as Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Grand Fir, Douglas Fir, as well as the less common Port Orford Cedar can all be found with the parks boundaries. The ground cover is dense and a wide range of plants including shrubs, bushes, flowers, ferns, mosses and lichens line the pathways off the Redwood trails. Hiking and fishing is a favorite pastime for locals and visitors alike.

The Smith River provides water to the forest and the wildlife it contains. Steelhead, Trout and salmon fishing is a favorite pastime in and around the park. Because the Smith River is one of the last major free flowing rivers in California, it is clean, clear and a natural spawning ground for the native fish. Nearby fishing trips along the Smith River, fishing guides, also offers Kayak rentals, and shuttle service is available. There are no motorized boats allowed on the Smith River because it has a Wild & Scenic River designation, so it is a favorite for swimming and rafting as well.

Many bicyclers enjoy touring the Northern California Coastline. Jedediah National park has a bicycle camp located in old growth redwoods along the Smith River, as well as traditional camp sites. The park can accommodate motor homes up to 36' and trailers up to 31'. A RV dump station is available near the camp. For those not wanting to camp, Hiouchi Motel is located within walking distance from the park. Hiouchi cafe, right next door to the motel, provides warm, delicious meals daily. Don't forget to try their blue ribbon Clam Chowder and fresh baked deserts! if all you need is a few cooking supplies and fuel. Hiouchi Grocery store and gas station are also just up the road!


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