First of all, remember if you’re coming from the foggy coast that it can get hot just a few miles inland. So bring plenty of water if you’re ready for a hike that offers great river views and a scenic, secluded swimming hole/picnic spot at the turnaround point.
The trailhead for Craigs Creek is on South Fork Road just before the second bridge in from U.S. Highway 199. You can park along the road or continue around the corner and follow the signs.
Not more than 50 feet from the bridge-side trailhead is a short side-trail to the right. It leads to a ledge from which to view the Smith River below. But get back on that main trail, because there are plenty of good water views on Craigs Creek.