Stout Memorial GroveStout Memorial Grove

            One Touch of Nature Make the Whole World Kin.  Shakespeare
Take a drive through a one-lane dirt road for a few miles until you’ll arrive at Stout Memorial Grove. This is the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park as well as the Redwood National Park. The only park that is both state and national, it also has the last remaining undammed river in California, the Smith River. It exists near Crescent City, the last town before the Oregon border. While the Coast is generally windy and foggy, these trees act as protection and the weather becomes warm and mild at the base.

Once you reach the grove, the walk meanders through redwood sorrel that look like clovers. You can try to find banana slugs, but they tend to hide. In 1929, Mrs. Clara Stout donated this 44-acre grove to the Save-the-Redwoods League to save it from being logged and to memorialize her husband, lumber baron Frank D. Stout. Today, land continues to be added to these northernmost parks through the efforts of the League.

A walk along this trail reveals colossal redwoods thriving in rich soil deposited during periodic flooding of the Smith River. Here waist-high sword ferns carpet the forest floor and tree bases are covered in river soils. Flood waters inhibit the growth of understory trees and plants seen in other groves, leaving the 300-foot redwoods as the main attraction. A short spur trail leads you to the serpentine waters of hte Smith River.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my weeklong December tree series!

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