Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail

Smith River National Recreation Area

Siskiyou Mountains, California

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Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail


  • The trail itself is entirely paved, making it an excellent spot for those with wheelchairs. This portion curves around to the trail's beginning and the option to see the confluence of Patrick's Creek and the Smith River.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • Paved overlook and fishing spot looking at the confluence.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • The Patrick's Creek Interpretive Trail.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • The signage at the beginning of the trail when coming from the Patrick's Creek Lodge parking lot.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • The confluence of Patrick's Creek and the Smith River.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • A stone foundation from a historic CCC building.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • Be sure to wander around the stone steps and sites along the trail, as each turn has something new to offer.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • The path is lit up during the night, so do not fear a walk back to the campground from the bar across the highway.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • Stone foundations from an original CCC building.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • The Smith River as seen from the confluence.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
  • Stone remnants still remain around the trail if you are willing to wander off the path.- Patricks Creek Interpretive Trail
Overview + Weather
Short and educational. Wheelchair accessible. Lit at night.
Buggy in early summer.
Siskiyou Mountains, CA
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Patrick's Creek Interpretive Trail is a short and beautiful paved stroll along the Smith River. 

The trail is roughly 0.25 miles long, but it packs in views of Patrick's Creek, the Smith River (and the confluence), along with historic stone steps and foundations built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. As is the case in the campground and swimming area, you will be shaded by Douglas firs, Pacific madrone, and oak trees. Do be careful when veering off trail, as poison oak is frequent in the area.

Start by parking at the Patrick's Creek Lodge, originally built in 1926. A paved path runs parallel to Patrick's Creek under the highway bridge. The beginning of the trail offers a view of the confluence that is accessible by wheelchair. This is a great spot to wade and fish. Continuing on the path will lead you to encounter what is left of the handiwork of the CCC. The moss-covered stone structures are a great little detour, and some provide benches or fire pits. You will need to remove yourself from the pavement in order to fully experience the structures, but one can gain a decent view and idea from the pathway itself. If you continue wandering off the path you will eventually hit the Smith River. By staying on the path you will shortly reach the junction that leads either to Patrick's Creek Day Use Area or to the Patrick's Creek Campground. The paved path is lit up until midnight during the summer, making for a great stroll before bed, or a safe walk back from the lodge.

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