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A Beautiful Vacation Awaits You on the Emerald Smith River!

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Bunk Area, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-8)

This is a vacation spot you will want to return to. Our cabin is in a beautiful setting, perched above the wild and scenic South Fork Smith River surrounded by beautiful forest. The peacefulness of this river environment will linger with you for months.

Relax in sun or shade on our large deck complete with nice furniture, or lounge on the edge of the river with an exquisite view of our beautiful swimming hole from the stone patio area. An amazing stone stairway winds down to a magnificent sandy beach, where you can sunbathe, wade or swim in the pristine waters of the Smith. The clear green water of this famous river will soothe your soul.

Enjoy regular sightings of Dippers, Kingfishers, Mergansers, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, an occasional Bald Eagle or River Otter. Mask and snorkel open a world of small salmon and trout fingerlings, large Cutthroat Trout, and an occasional large Spring Chinook Salmon.

Our cabin is a very comfortable A-frame which was completely remodeled in 2004. It features a very nice open kitchen fully supplied with everything you will need to prepare a feast. The floors are wood/laminate, with three large rugs.

A large bathroom has a shower/tub combination and large sink. A nice river rock hearth holds a wood stove to warm you, with firewood provided. A nice carpeted loft upstairs has a comfortable queen size bed and half bath, accessed by a spiral staircase.

Under one angled wall of the main floor is a nice sleeping bunk area with covered foam pads and storage underneath, suitable for sleeping bags for two or three. A set of three pads can be made into a queen sized bed on the floor. During spring and summer some people enjoy sleeping on the deck or pitching a tent outside for larger groups.

The campfire area just off the deck is a wonderful place to enjoy an evening of storytelling. Don't forget the marshmallows!

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Crescent City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , upstairs
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Swimming mainly in the summer months. Fishing is good year round, especially for Steelhead in winter months. Cutthroat Trout fishing is good all year.


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A Beautiful Vacation Awaits You on the Emerald Smith River!
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

The cabin was amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time! Joe and Sally were very welcoming and gave great suggestions for places to see and hikes to do. They even suggested some great local breweries which we enjoyed. The views of the river are beautiful! It is so clean and clear.We loved how cozy the cabin was, the fireplace was fantastic! Expect to totally unwind away from technology and just enjoy nature! Would love to come back in summer and jump in the river!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Thanksgiving Weekend in the Redwoods

  • 5 of 5

The A-frame cabin was great. Just a few steps to the river--which was too high and fast during a rainy weekend in November to consider swimming, but still. The cabin is in the woods half an hour east of Crescent City, but it was pretty easy to find (even at night).

Joe and Sally provided enough wood to build a fire every night of our 4-day stay, which kept everything nice and warm. The cabin is off the grid, so electricity comes from a generator that is usually run for a few hours in the evening. We needed to turn it on ourselves a few times while they were away, but it was easy to figure out with the instructions they provided. The kitchen was equipped (and large enough) to cook a Thanksgiving meal, and the fridge had no problem storing a fair amount of leftovers.

Our 2-year old absolutely loved running around outside and stomping in puddles. We had to watch her on the spiral staircase, but it certainly wasn't a big issue. All in all, it was a great place to spend a few days, and we'd love to go back sometime--especially when swimming in the river is on the table.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vallejo/ CA

Quiet, relaxing and special

  • 5 of 5

What Can I say about this little A frame cabin? We let’s begin, when you finally reach your destination you are greeted but the sound of the clear Smith River. The cabin is adjacent to the owners Home but that does not take away from the feeling of solitude. Sally had a warm roaring fire started for us upon our arrival and had turned the internet off so we could fully disconnect from the typical day. The kitchen had all the utensils that were needed for cooking up most anything you like. We brought our own French press for coffee and it worked out great. The downstairs is a comfy living room with 3 smaller couches and plenty of board games to pass the time. The full downstairs bath is a great size, take showers together if you like a hot shower or just wait for the hot water heater to catch up.

To access the upstairs loft you must climb a spiral staircase, which at first is a bit scary but once you’re used to it going up and down is no problem. Upstairs there is a toilet and a sink which is very convenient. We did not get to really enjoy the deck due to the rain but what time we did spend gazing at the river was well worth it. There is plenty of firewood and if you need help Joe and Sally are right next door!

Things to consider when renting this awesome cabin:

1: you are about 30 minutes from the market and gas station.

2: Bring everything you will need to season your food. There was salt, pepper, olive oil, coffee, tea and a few other spices.

3: the fridge is small so keep in mind your space when shopping.

4: Don’t even worry about the neighbors, we never heard them and only saw them as we were leaving the final day.

5: Explore the area!!! There are so many things to do! They have pamphlets for activities near the cabin.

6: Please keep in mind that you will have to clean up after yourself, the cabin is clean upon arrival and you can tell that they take pride in it. Cleaning supplies are provided for you to clean before you leave.

Overall we loved the cabin and we will be coming back when we get the chance!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Portland Oregon

Great location, great hosts and property, great relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Off the grid and worth it. This property embraces everything about natural resource enjoyment and conservation values. Not only is it breathtakingly gorgeous and near one of the most iconic parks in the world but the hosts are exceptional stewards of wild places. They make the experience all the more enriched. Thank you Joe, Sally and Bella! We will be name dropping you to friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara, Thank you for the nice review. We are so glad that you had a nice time here as well as in greater Del Norte County. There is much to be discovered in our region. I look forward to learning more from you about managing the forest landscape, and hope you both, and the dogs, are able to return one day. Best wishes, Joe and Sally
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Serene setting, lovely clean cabin

  • 5 of 5

Joe and Sally are wonderful hosts. Over decades, they have built up a lovely park-like setting, all for the lead up to one of the best swimming holes on all of the Smith River. The cabin is very clean, quiet, and wonderfully appointed. Five stars!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Payson, Utah

What a perfect place

  • 5 of 5

Loved it. Just, loved it. If you know anything about the Smith River, you know it's probably the most pristine river in the USA. But what you don't know, is that this cabin is on the most perfect spot on the Smith River. Perfect swimming hole with just enough ripples and rocks just upstream to make the tubes/boats move a little faster.

It's very close to the Redwoods, which I loved. My kids thought the Redwoods were great and all, but couldn't wait to get back to play in the river. Oh, and play with Bella, the most gentle dog to be found, anywhere.

Joe and Sally are tremendous hosts. They're there and available, and full of local information. We enjoyed our departure-day visit with them. I would've been pleased to have Joe be my kids' teacher before he retired.

The house itself is just right. You don't come out here to watch movies on a big-screen TV and play on your techno-gadgets. You come out here to get away from all that. And, "gotten away" is how you feel. So quiet and peaceful. And SO DARK at night. After the first night, we made sure to have the little provided hand-lamps next to our beds for the future.

So, would we go back again? Oh, man. We can't WAIT to go back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Joe and Sally Gillespie
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018


Mountain Biking- Excellent trails nearby make this a paradise for mountain bikers.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $15
Tax Rate 8.0%

We meter propane usage and charge a small fee to encourage conservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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