The town of Smith River is located at the mouth of the river of the same name. The Smith River is one of prized possessions of the California wilderness. More than three hundred miles of the Smith River System are designated wild and scenic, more than any other river in the country. The Smith River flows freely, without a single dam for its entire length. It is the only major river system in California to do so.
Recreational highlights along the Smith River include fish watching, steelhead and salmon fishing, waterfalls, swimming or snorkeling in deep natural pools of clear and emerald water, tubing and rafting, hiking along backcountry and wilderness trails, and mountain biking.
Smith River is located in Del Norte County north of Crescent City between Crescent City and the Oregon state line along US Highway 101 near Pelican Bay and the Pacific seacoast.