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101 THINGS TO DO AT & NEARBY UNION CREEK RESORT HIKE ALONG THE ROGUE RIVER

BECKIE’S CAFE HOMESTYLE DINING ROGUE GORGE & NATURAL BRIDGE BECKIE’S WORLD-FAMOUS PIES CRATER LAKE MINUTES AWAY PEACE & QUIET IN AN AUTHENTIC HISTORIC CABIN IN THE WOODS ICE CREAM TREATS/CONES & CO. TROUT FISHING ON THE ROGUE

UNION CREEK RESORT SINCE 1922

RUSTIC COMFORT FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE Open year-round, including Beckie’s Cafe 23 miles from Crater Lake National Park 56484 Highway 62, Between Prospect & Crater Lake, Oregon 97536 866-560-3565 • info@unioncreekoregon.com Like us on Facebook to stay in touch www.unioncreekoregon.com

MOUNTAIN BIKING

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WINTERTIME SLEDDING, CROSS COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWMOBILING CAMPFIRE TIME BOULDERING

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Troon Vineyard, Applegate Valley, Oregon FOUNDED

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Your first trip may be for the views but your second will be for the wines. Exceptional wines from an historic winery still on the cutting edge of winemaking. Natural wines, creative co-ferments, L.I.V.E. and Salmon-Safe certified. Open Daily from 11am-5pm. Reservations are not required. The Winery 1475 Kubli Road Grants Pass, Oregon 97527 541.846.9900 tastingroom@troonvineyard.com

Troon Carlton Tasting Salon 250 N. Kutch Street Carlton, Oregon 97111 503.852.3084 carlton@troonvineyard.com

94 Points - 2013 M*T (malbec/tannat) —BevX.com • 93 Points - 2013 MST (malbec/tannat) —The National Wine Review 92 Points - 2014 Longue Carabine (vermentino, viognier marsanne, roussanne) —The National Wine Review 93 Points - 2014 Longue Carabine —James Melendez • 92 Points - 2014 Troon Blue Label Estate Tannat, Applegate Valley —BevX.com 91 Points - 2014 Troon Red Label Zinfandel, Applegate Valley —The Zinfandel Chonicles

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Southern Oregon and Del Norte, CA - Chambers of Commerce Ashland Chamber of Commerce

Eagle Point & The Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

11136 Hwy 62, PO Box 1539 Eagle Point OR 97524 541-944-6925 EaglePointChamber.org

185 N Oregon St., PO Box 33 Jacksonville, OR 97530 541-899-8118 JacksonvilleOregon.org

Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Gold Beach Chamber of Commerce

Klamath Chamber of Commerce

29692 Ellensburg Ave. #7 Gold Beach, OR 97444 541-247-0923 GoldBeach.org

PO Box 476 Klamath, CA 95548 707-482-9705 • 800-200-2335 KlamathChamber.com

Central Point Chamber of Commerce

Grants Pass/Josephine County Chamber of Commerce

Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

1995 NW Vine St. Grants Pass, OR 97526 541-476-7717 • 800-547-5927 GrantsPassChamber.org

101 E 8th St. Medford, OR 97501 541-779-4847 MedfordChamber.com

Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce

Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

110 E Main St. Ashland, OR 97520 541-482-3486 AshlandChamber.com

16330 Lower Harbor Rd. Brookings, OR 97415 541-469-3181 • 800-535-9469 BrookingsHarborChamber.com

650 E. Pine St. Central Point, OR 97502 541-664-5301 CentralPointChamber.org

1001 Front St. Crescent City, CA 95531 707-464-3174 • 800-343-8300 ExploreDelNorte.com

201 Caves Hwy Cave Junction, OR 97523 541-592-3326 CaveJunctionOregon.com

Port Orford Chamber of Commerce PO Box 637 Port Orford, OR 97465 541-366-8319 PortOrfordChamber.com

Rogue River Chamber of Commerce

Rogue River Hwy at Depot St. Bridge Rogue River, OR 97537 541-582-0242 RogueRiverChamber.com

Talent Chamber of Commerce 206 E Main St. Talent, OR 97540 541-535-3837 TalentChamber.org

3995 S. Pacific Hwy #B, PO Box 998 Phoenix, OR 97535 541-535-6956 PhoenixOregonChamber.org

Shady Cove-Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce 21800 Crater Lake Hwy 62 Shady Cove, OR 97539 541-878-2404 ShadyCoveChamber.org

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Southern Oregon & Del Norte County, California Volume 30, No. 10 • 2016 2383 Myrtle Ave. Eureka, California 95501 707-443-1234 • FAX 707-443-5309 Email: info@101things.com

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SPECIAL SECTIONS All Around the Area ....................... 7-11 Chambers of Commerce..................... 3 Coastal Ale Trail .............................. 8 State & National Parks & Scenic Areas ..70 Wineries & Inland Breweries ............9-11

AREAS

Agness .................................... 34-35 Ashland ...................................66-69 Brookings-Harbor........................ 23-28

On the Cover:

Main photo by JR Robinson, Picture This Photography Jerry’s Rogue Jets, Gold Beach, OR, OR see page 33 Also see Klamath River Jet Boat Tours, page 13 and Hellgate Jetboat Excursions, page 46 Inset left photo by Denise Comiskey Crater Lake, OR see page 60 Inset middle photo by Tara Fischer, JacksonvilleOregon.com McKee Covered Bridge, south of Jacksonville, OR see page 61 Inset right photo by Steve Hammons Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, CA see page 15

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All Around

Southern Oregon Wineries and Inland Breweries ................................7 Del Norte County Casinos ..............7 RV Camping ...............................7 Coastal Breweries .......................8

Klamath

Klamath Overlook, Requa Road...... Klamath River Jet Boat Tours ........ Tour Thru Tree ......................... Trees of Mystery ....................... Klamath River Rafting .................

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Crescent City

10 Battery Point Lighthouse ............. 15 11 Crescent City Area Beaches .......... 17 12 St. George Reef Lighthouse 13 14 15 16

Helicopter Tours ....................... Ocean World Aquarium ............... Crescent Trail Rides ................... Northcoast Marine Mammal Center . Redwood National and State Parks..

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OUTSIDE THE AREA

34 Cedar Bend Golf Course .............. 30 35 Horseback Riding Near Gold Beach . 32 36 Hiking and Biking Trails Near

67 The Oregon Vortex and House of

Gold Beach.............................. 32

37 Cape Sebastian State Scenic 38 39 40 41 42

River National Recreation Area ...... 20 Redwoods State Park .................. 21

Smith River

20 Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery .......... 22 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Brookings-Harbor

Azalea City Park ....................... 24 Alfred A. Loeb State Park ............ 24 Harris Beach and Chetco Point Park 24 Port of Brookings-Harbor ............. 26 Fishing in Brookings ................... 26 Chetco River ........................... 27 Tidewind Sportfishing ................. 27 Arch Rock ............................... 28 Natural Bridges/Thunder Rock Cove 28 Whaleshead Beach ..................... 28 Lone Ranch Beach ..................... 28

Gold Beach

32 Prehistoric Gardens and Rainforest . 30 33 Rogue River Myrtlewood Carving Factory .................................. 30

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Corridor ................................. 32 Pistol River State Park ................ 32 Pistol River Wave Bash ................ 32 Gold Beach Treasure Hunting ........ 33 Jerry’s Rogue Jets ..................... 33 Fishing the Coast and Lower Rogue . 34

Agness

43 Agness Hiking Trails ................... 34 44 Wild Rogue Wilderness ................ 34 45 Agness ................................... 35

Port Orford

46 Port Orford Heads State Park & Battle Rock Park ....................... 36

47 Cape Blanco State Park ............... 36 48 Humbug Mountain State Park ........ 37

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Cave Junction ...........................38-40 Central Point............................. 50-51 Crater Lake ..................................60 Crescent City, CA ....................... 15-19 Eagle Point ............................... 53-54 Gold Beach ............................... 29-34 Gold Hill .................................. 49-50 Grants Pass...............................43-46 Hiouchi & Gasquet, CA ................. 20-21 Hwy 62 .................................... 52-60 Crater Lake, Eagle Point, Lost Creek Lake, Prospect, Shady Cove, Union Creek, White City Hwy 199 ..........................20-21, 38-42 CA: Gasquet, Hiouchi, Patrick Creek OR: O’Brien, Cave Junction, Kerby, Selma Jacksonville .............................. 61-62 Kerby..........................................41 Klamath, CA.............................. 12-14 Lost Creek Lake .............................57 Medford................................... 63-65 Merlin ..................................... 47-48 Port Orford............................... 36-37 Prospect .................................. 57-58 Rogue River ..................................49 Selma .........................................42 Shady Cove ............................... 55-56 Smith River, CA ..............................22 Union Creek ............................ =59-60 White City ....................................53

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17 The Wild and Scenic Smith River .... 20 18 Bear Basin Butte Lookout & Smith

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Cave Junction, Kerby, Selma The Chateau at the Oregon Caves ... 38 Oregon Caves National Monument .. 39 Out’n’About Treehouse Ziplines ..... 39 Vertical Horizons Tree House Paradise ................................. 40 Grayback Campground ................ 40 Illinois River Forks State Park ....... 40 Great Cats World Park ................ 40 Kerbyville Museum & History Center 41

Grants Pass

Grants Pass Community Market...... 43 Grants Pass Museum of Art ........... 44 The Glass Forge Gallery & Studio ... 44 Cary’s of Oregon ....................... 45 Hellgate Jetboat Excursions ......... 46 Grants Pass to Merlin, to Gold Beach Scenic Drive ............................ 46 63 Valley of the Rogue State Park ...... 46

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64 Wildlife Images Rehabilitation & Education Center ...................... 47

65 Rainie Falls.............................. 47 66 Orange Torpedo Trips ................. 48

Humboldt County, CA .................. 72-74 Shasta-Cascade Region, CA ................71 Western Oregon and the Coast ...........71

MAPS Agness ........................................35 Ashland .......................................67 Brookings-Harbor............................25 Port of Brookings Harbor ................26 Cave Junction ...............................39 Central Point.................................51 Coastal Ale Trail .............................. 8 Crescent City ................................16 Del Norte/Southern Oregon Region .....4-5 Gold Beach ...................................31 Gold Hill ......................................49 Grants Pass...................................45 Hiouchi & Gasquet ..........................21 Hwy 62 & Hwy 234 ..........................52 Jacksonville ..................................61 Kerby..........................................41 Klamath, CA..................................13 Medford.......................................64 Merlin .........................................47 Port Orford...................................37 Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor ...........................28 Smith River ...................................22 Wineries & Inland Breweries .......... 10-11

Gold Hill & Central Point

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Mystery .................................. 49 Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure ..... 50 Upper and Lower Table Rocks ....... 50 Rogue Creamery Cheese Shop ....... 51 Lillie Belle Farm’s Fine Chocolate ... 51

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White City, Eagle Point, Shady Cove, Lost Creek Lake, Prospect, Union Creek, Crater Lake

Alpacas at Lone Ranch ................ 52 Agate Lake .............................. 53 Butte Creek Mill Antique Gallery .... 54 Eagle Point National Veterans Cemetery ............................... 54 76 Scenic Route from Eagle Point to Mt. McLoughlin ......................... 54 77 Parks Near Shady Cove ................ 56 78 Trail Creek Tavern Museum........... 56 79 Lost Creek Lake & Marina ............ 57 80 Mill Creek Drive Scenic Waterfalls .. 57 81 Prospect Historic Hotel ............... 58 82 Avenue of the Boulders ............... 58 83 Union Creek Resort ................... 59 84 Natural Bridge & Lava Tubes, Natural Bridge Falls ............................. 60 85 Rogue River Gorge Trail ............... 60 86 Crater Lake National Park ............ 60

Jacksonville

87 Britt Music and Arts Festival ......... 62 88 Segway of Jacksonville ............... 62 89 The Historic Jacksonville Cemetery 62 90 91 92 93

Medford

Rogue Valley Family Fun Center ..... 64 Medford Railroad Park ................ 64 Medford Rogues Baseball ............. 65 Craterian Theater at the Collier Center ................................... 65

Ashland

94 Historic Lithia Park .................... 66 95 Oregon Chocolate Festival ........... 67 96 Mount Ashland Ski Area ............... 67 97 Emigrant Lake .......................... 68 98 WellSprings ............................. 68 99 ScienceWorks Museum ................ 69 100 Lithia Springs Resort ................. 69 101 Oregon Shakespeare Festival ........ 69 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


All Around The Area

Troon Vineyard gardens, Grants Pass, see page 2, TroonVineyard.com

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In recent years Southern Oregon has begun to emerge as a significant force in both the wine-making and craft beer-brewing industries, garnering national and international attention with the quality of its fine wines, beers and ales. There are three primary grape-growing regions in the area: the Applegate Valley, Rogue Valley and Illinois Valley appellations. They are home to scores of vineyards and wineries, and a surprising array of varietals. Some of the more well-known Southern Oregon wines include Pinot Noirs, Tempranillos, Malbecs, Merlots, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and Rhône Blends. Some of the area’s vineyards and wineries offer tours, and many have tasting rooms where you can sample these excellent wines. The region is also home to many excellent microbreweries, and new ones keep popping up like mushrooms. Microbrewed beers and ales are crafted in small batches. Due to individualized attention and the inclusion of specialty hops, malts and other ingredients, they tend to vary in aroma and flavor from “macrobrewed” beer. Often the ingredients are locally grown. Many brews are unfiltered as well, and since most are brewed on site they are also wonderfully fresh. Some breweries offer tours, and most establishments serve food to go along with the region’s many award-winning beers. MORE INFO: For a list of Southern Oregon’s premier wineries and microbreweries and their locations, please see our Wineries & Breweries section on the next three pages and our Coastal Ale Trail on page 8.

The sounds of buckets filling with coins as slot machines and video games pay off are all part of the excitement of local casinos. Southern Oregon and Northern California have some of the best gaming establishments on the West Coast. Lucky 7 Casino and Hotel is located in Smith River, California. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, they are always ready to accommodate your favorite casino game. They have live blackjack, poker, slots, and casino bingo, along with special events and surprises. They are a premier venue for musical entertainment and boast a restaurant, sports bar, gorgeous new full-service hotel and a fuel mart/convenience store. MORE INFO: 866-777-7170, Lucky7Casino.com, see page 22. Redwood Hotel Casino in Klamath provides a fun, relaxed setting for casual gaming. It features Las Vegas style slots including a $1,000,000 jackpot, video poker and a host of regular and progressive machines. Join the Yurok Country Rewards Club, and each time you play you’ll earn points for rewards and be notified of special deals with local businesses. MORE INFO: 855-554-2WIN (2946), RedwoodHotelCasino.com/gaming, see page 13.

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RV Camping

RV travel is a great way to roll through scenic Northern California and Oregon. There’s no need to make reservations at hotels; just pull into a campsite at a fraction of the cost, and slip into the back when it’s time for bed. Forget about the bother of hauling your gear into and out of a hotel; it all stays in your self-enclosed home on wheels. Furthermore, a fully equipped kitchen allows you to bring even more of the comforts of home on the road — and to save cash eating in instead of out. Don’t forget the social benefits of RVing, as you’re bound to meet a lot of like-minded folks when you set up camp. There are plenty of great RV campgrounds to choose from throughout the area. RV traveling also offers motorists freedom. If you pull into an area that doesn’t appeal to you, there’s no need to stay. If you find a place you absolutely love, then put her in park and stick around a while. When the open road is calling, RV travel may be just what you need.

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Here are Some Great RV Parks to Check Out: Agness Rogue River RV Park, Agness, OR 866-729-9043, RogueRiverRVPark.com

Mystic Forest RV Park, Klamath, CA 707-482-4901, MysticForestRV.com

AtRivers Edge RV Resort, Brookings, OR 541-469-3356, AtRiversEdge.com

Rogue River RV Park, Shady Cove, OR 800-775-0367, EdgewaterInns.com/rogue-river-rv-park

Beachfront RV Park, Brookings Harbor, OR 541-469-5867, BeachfrontRVPark.com Camp Blanco RV Park, Port Orford, OR 541-332-6175, CampBlanco.com Crescent City Redwoods KOA, Crescent City, CA 800-562-5754, CrescentCityKOA.com Driftwood RV Park, Brookings, OR 541-469-9089, DriftwoodRVPark.com

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Ship Ashore Resort, Smith River, CA 707-487-3141, Ship-Ashore.com Turtle Rock RV Resort, Gold Beach, OR 541-247-9203, TurtleRockResorts.com Village Camper Inn RV Park Crescent City, CA 800-470-3544, VillageCamperInn.com

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Misty Mountain Brewing and Tap Haus is Oregon’s southernmost brewery, located just north of the California state line and just off Highway 101. The Tap Haus has an ocean view to the west, Oregon’s largest Monterey Cyprus to the east, and an assortment of hand crafted ales produced in small batches using only the finest ingredients. With eight taps flowing, you will certainly find a new favorite. A pint and a pub lunch is a great way to spend time relaxing with friends and family. The Tap Haus is family-friendly, and has an outdoor patio where dogs are allowed! Skol. WHERE: 15440 Museum Rd., Harbor MORE INFO: 541-813-2599, MistyMountainBrewing.com

Even among Oregon’s impressive number of microbrews and uncommon beer culture, Wild River Brewing stands out. Brewed just over the hills in Cave Junction, the Brookings location offers 12 different original ales, including six standards and six seasonals. And what goes better with beer than pizza? Pair your pint with a tasty pie from the woodfired oven. Brookings’ Wild WildRiverBrewing.com River Pizza is a tasty place for Oregon-brewed beer on tap. Stop in for a pint, pitcher or try a taster tray featuring 12 different brews and grab some bottles to go. WHERE: 16279 Hwy 101 South, Brookings Harbor MORE INFO: 541-469-7454, WildRiverBrewing.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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G3: Eliana Wines 158 Gaerky Creek Rd., Ashland 690-4350 • ElianaWines.com

Th-Sa: 12-5

BSB, CF, CS, M, T

D3: Fiasco Winery / Jacksonville Vineyards - T 8035 Highway 238, Jacksonville 846-3022 • JacksonvilleVineyards.com

May-Oct, Wed-Su: 11-5; Nov-Apr, Sa-Sun: 11-5

CF, CS, M, Mal, P, PG, Sa, SpW, Z

E2: Folin Cellars - T 9200 Ramsey Road, Gold Hill 855-2018 • FolinCellars.com

Jun-Oct, Daily: 12-5 Off Season, Wknds: 12-5

GR, Mal, PS, Sy, T, Vi

A4: Foris Vineyards Winery - T 654 Kendall Rd., Cave Junction 592-3752 • ForisWine.com

Daily: 11-5

C, CF, CS, G, M, Mu, PB, PG, PN, R,

G3: Grizzly Peak Winery 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland 482-5700 • GrizzlyPeakWinery.com

Th-Su: 12-4

C, CF, M, Mal, PG, PN, Sy, T

G3: Jaxon Vineyards 5709 Hughes Rd., Medford 512-1514 • JaxonVineyards.com

May-Sept Daily: 11-4

BSB, CF, Gr, Mal, RB, Sy, T, Vi

C3: John Michael Champagne Cellars - T 1425 Humbug Creek Rd., Jacksonville 846-0810 • JohnMichaelWinery.com

Wknds: By Appt.

C, Cha, M, PN, R, SpW, Z

F2: Kriselle Cellars 12956 Modoc Rd., White City 830-VINO (8446) • KriselleCellars.com

W-Su: 11-5:30; Summer, plus Th-Fr ‘til 7

BSB, CF, CS, Gr, M, Mal, R, Sa, SB, T, Vi

H1: LaBrasseur Cellars - T 2444 Cobleigh Rd., Eagle Point 865-3648 • LaBrasseurVineyard.com

Mar-Dec, Fr-Su: 11-5

BSB, CF, CS, M, P, PG, R, Ri, Sy, Vi, WD

D3: LongSword Vineyard 8555 Highway 238, Jacksonville 899-1746 • LongSwordVineyard.com

Daily: 12-5

C, CF, M, PN, SpW, Sy, Z

F2: Ledger David Cellars 245 North Front St., Central Point 664-2218 • LedgerDavid.com

Daily: 12-5

C, CF, ChB, Mal, PV, Sa, SB, Sy, T, Vi, WD

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F3: 2Hawk Winery and Vineyard - T 2335 N. Phoenix Rd., Medford 944-5963 • 2HawkWinery.com

Tu-Th: 11:30-7 Fr: 11:30-8 Sa: 11:30-10 Su:12-5

C, CS, SB, Sy, T, Vi

C3: Academy of Wine - T 18200 Hwy. 238, Grants Pass 846-6817

June-Sept, Wknds: 12-5

C, CF, M, PN

May-Oct, Daily: 12-6; Nov-Apr, Tu-Su: 12-5

CS,Gr, PN, PS, SB, Vi, Z

G4: Ashland Vineyards & Winery 2775 East Main St., Ashland 488-0088 • Winenet.com

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CF, CS, M, PG, SB

G4: Belle Fiore Winery - T 100 Belle Fiore Ln., Ashland 552-4900 • BelleFioreWine.com

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Ba, BSB, CF, M. Mal, Mu, PN, R, T, Vi

A4: Bridgeview Vineyard & Winery 4210 Holland Loop Rd., Cave Junction 592-4688 • BridgeviewWine.com

Daily: 11-5

C, CS, G, M, Mu, P, PG, PN, R, Ri, SpW, Sy, T, Vi, WD

F3: Caprice Vineyards - T 970 Old Stage Rd., Central Point 499-0449 • CapriceVineyards.com

Th-M: 12-5

BSB, R, Vi

F2: Cliff Creek Cellars - T 1015 McDonough Rd., Gold Hill 855-5330 • CliffCreek.com

Th-M: 12-5

BSB, CF, CS, M RB, Sy

G3: Paschal Winery & Vineyard 1122 Suncrest Rd., Talent 535-7957 • PaschalWinery.com

Daily: 12-6

CS, P, PG, PN, R, Ri, SpW, Sy, Vi

D3: Cowhorn Vineyard 1665 Eastside Road, Jacksonville 899-6876 • CowhornWine.com

Th-Su: 11-4 & By Appt.

CO, BD, Gr, Mar, RB, Rou, Sy, Vi

F3: Pebblestone Cellars - T 1642 Camp Baker Rd., Medford 512-1655 • PebbleStoneCellars.com

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C3: Plaisance Ranch 16955 Water Gap Rd., Williams 846-7175 • PlaisanceRanch.com

Summer, W-M: 12-6; Winter, F-M: 12-5

C, BSB, CF, CS, M, Mal, PN, PS, PV, R, T, SB, Sy, Vi

F3: Quady North Winery 255 California St., Jacksonville 702-2123 • QuadyNorth.com

Th-Su: 11-6; Summer, ‘til 7 plus M: 11-5

BSB, CF, Gr, M, Mar, Mu, P, RB, Rou, Sy, Vi

D3: Red Lily Vineyards - T 11777 Hwy. 238, Jacksonville 846-6800 • RedLilyVineyards.com

Th-Su: 11-5; Summer, Daily 11-5 & Th: ‘til 8

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C3: Rosella’s Vineyard - T 184 Missouri Flat Rd., Grants Pass 846-6372 • RosellasVineyard.com

Daily: 11-5

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F3: RoxyAnn Winery 3283 Hillcrest Rd., Medford 776-2315 • RoxyAnn.com

M-Th: 12-7 F: 11-9 Sa-Su: 11-7

BSB, C, CS, M, PG, PN, PS, R, Ri, SB, Sy, T, Vi

C3: Schmidt Family Vineyards 330 Kubli Rd., Grants Pass 846-9985 • SFVineyards.com

Daily: 12-5

C, CS, M, PG, Ri, SB, Sy, Vi, Z

C3: Schultz Wines 755 Slagle Creek Rd., Grants Pass 414-8448 • SchultzWines.com

F-Sa: 12-5 June-Aug, F-M: 12-5

C, M, P, PG, PN, Sy, Vi

C3: Serra Vineyards 222 Missouri Flat Rd., Grants Pass 846-9223 • SerraVineyard.com

Daily: 11-5

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C3: Soloro Vineyard 9110 N. Applegate Rd., Grants Pass 862-2693 • SoloroVineyard.com

Apr-Nov, F-Su: 12-5

F2: Agate Ridge Vineyard - T 1098 Nick Young Rd., Eagle Point 830-3050 • AgateRidgeVineyard.com

D3: Cricket Hill 2131 Little Applegate Rd., Jacksonville 899-7264 • CricketHillWinery.com

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F1: Crater Lake Cellars 21882 Hwy 62, Shady Cove 878-4200 • CraterLakeCellars.com

Mo-Sa: 11-5

C, CS, Do, Gr, M, PG, PN, RI, Sy, T, Vi

B2 Crow & Bear Winery 5719 Jerome Prairie Rd., Grants Pass 479-0163 • CrowAndBear.com

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M, Mar, Vi, Z

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F3: Daisy Creek Vineyard 675 Shafer Lane, Jacksonville 899-8329 • DaisyCreekWine.com F3: DANCIN Vineyards - T 4477 South Stage Rd., Medford 245-1133 • DANCINVineyards.com A3: Deer Creek Vineyards 2680 Deer Creek Rd., Selma 597-4226 • DeerCreekVineyards.com

BSB, C, CF, CS, Gr, M, Mal, Mu, PG, PN, Sy, Vi

E2: Del Rio Vineyards 52 North River Rd., Gold Hill 855-2062 • DelRioVineyards.com

Winter/ Fall: 11-5 Summer: 11-6

D3: Devitt Winery 11412 Highway 238, Jacksonville 899-7511 • DevittWinery.com

Daily: 12-5

BSB, CF, CS, M, Sy, Vi

F3: EdenVale Winery 2310 Voorhies Rd., Medford 512-2955 • EdenValleyOrchards.com

M-Sa: 11-6 Su: 12-5

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F3: South Stage Cellars 125 South 3rd St., Jacksonville 899-9120 • SouthStageCellars.com

Daily: 12-5

BSB, C, CF, CS, Do, G, Gr, M, Mal, Mar, Mu, PB, PG, PN, PS, Ri, R, RB, S, Sa, SB, SpW, Sy, T, Vi, WD

F3: StoneRiver Vineyard 2178 Pioneer Rd., Talent • 864-9234 StoneRiverVineyard.wordpress.com

Th-Su: 12-5

C, CF, Gr, Mal, M, PG, PN, Sy, T, Vi

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BSB, CF, CS, PG, R, Vi

C3: Troon Vineyard - T 1475 Kubli Rd., Grants Pass 846-9900 • TroonVineyard.com

Daily: 11-5

C, CF, CS, M, Mal, P, R, RB, RD, Sa, Sy, Z

D3: Valley View Winery 1000 Upper Applegate Rd., Jacksonville 899-8468 • ValleyViewWinery.com

Daily: 11-5

C, CS, Sy, T, Vi

G4: Weisinger’s Family Winery 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland 488-5989 • Weisingers.com

W-Su: 11-5; May-Sept, Daily: 11-6

BSB, C, CF, CS, G, M, Mal, Mar, P, PN, R, RB, SB, Sy, T, Vi

D3: Wild Wines 4550 Little Applegate Rd., Jacksonville 899-1565 • EnjoyWildWines.com

F-Su: 12-5 & by Appt.

CO, BD, Fruit & Herbal Wines

C3: Wooldridge Creek - T 818 Slagle Creek Rd., Grants Pass 846-6364 • WCWinery.com

Daily: 11-5

BSB, C, CS, M, PN, RD, SpW, Sy, Vi

F4: Trium Winery 7112 Rapp Ln., Talent 535-4015 • TriumWines.com

Inland Breweries

also see Coastal Ale Trail page 8 F3: BricktownE Brewing Company 44 S. Central Ave., Medford • 973-2377 • BricktowneBeer.com Wild River Pizza & Brewing • WildRiverBrewing.com A3: Brewery & Restaurant 249 N Redwood Hwy, Cave Junction • 592-3556 B2: Brewery & Restaurant, 595 NE E St., Grants Pass • 471-7487 Pub, 533 NE F St., Grants Pass • 474-4456 F3: Restaurant, 2684 N. Pacific Hwy, Medford • 773-7487

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THE COAST ~ Klamath, CA

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he town of Klamath, at the southern end of Del Norte County, is a favorite getaway for campers, hikers, fishermen and other visitors. Named after the adjacent river, the town at one time was a stopping-off point for steamers out of San Francisco that supplied mines up the river. Today Klamath is known for its diverse recreational opportunities and unique natural beauty. Located in the center of Redwood National and State Parks at the mouth of the mighty Klamath River and less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean, the town has lots of activities available for any outdoor enthusiast. There are services and lodging available with cabins, motels, bed and breakfast inns, a hostel and hundreds of campsites. Some amenities include restaurants, a grocery market and a bait and tackle store.

Activities in the Area

• Miles of hiking trails in the area’s parks, as well as on the California Coastal Trail. • World-class steelhead and salmon fishing on the Klamath River. Klamath River Overlook, 101 Photo • Outstanding areas for kayaking and canoeing. • Incredible jet boat tours on the Klamath River. • Excellent birding, beachcombing and whale-watching (fall and spring migrations). • Gaming at the Redwood Hotel Casino. • The Hidden Beach section of the Coastal Trail on the north side of the mouth of the Klamath is a spectacular 4-mile hike that follows coastal bluffs to Lagoon Creek. The trail begins at the end of the road at Klamath River Overlook. • Scenic coastal drive: On the south side of the river, follow Klamath Beach Dr. west as it hugs the rugged coastline for several miles. This dirt road has an alternate route for trailers and RVs at Alder Camp Rd. Several overlooks allow magnificent, unobstructed views of the mouth of the Klamath and the ocean below.

Overlooking the Klamath River

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Events and Festivals • MAY: Yurok Brush Dance Demonstrations • AUGUST: Salmon Festival • SEPTEMBER: Blackberry Festival & Harvest Celebration

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The sweeping vista of the Pacific Coast viewed from Klamath Overlook in Redwood National Park is absolutely stunning. On a clear day you can see the Klamath River flowing into the ocean, the long sand spit at its mouth, and the spectacular coastline to the south. Along the south bank of the river you can see the remains of an old wagon road that ran from Arcata to Crescent City in the 1890s. Bring binoculars for a chance to see whales (the best times for whale-watching are late November through January and March through May), sea lions, and a large array of birds including bald eagles, ospreys and kestrels. There is a trail from the overlook to your left as you drive in that leads down half a mile to a lower vista point with views some say are even more magnificent than those from higher up. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers — it can get pretty windy and chilly. Interesting fact: according to the California Coastal Commission, the Klamath is the second largest river in California by volume of water. WHERE: About 1.5 mi. up Requa Rd. from the Historic Requa Inn, or 2.3 mi. from Hwy 101, in ancestral Yurok territory.

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The Klamath River is a beautiful, pristine river that flows into the Pacific Ocean in southern Del Norte County. Set out on a two-hour trip from its estuary in a shallowdraft boat powered by twin jets, and enjoy this picturesque river from a comfortable seat onboard. This round-trip tour is more than 45 miles, with the captain providing a fully-narrated river trip that touches on the Klamath River’s history, Native American culture and the area’s wildlife. View bear, osprey, hawks, eagles, black-tail deer and elk, all of which are found in the area. The jet boats will pause to allow for picture-taking. It can be cool in the morning and evening, so wear layers that can be shed in the afternoon warmth, and wear a hat and sunglasses. Tours are given three times daily between May and September. Reservations are recommended, but drop-ins are welcome. Personalized and group tours can be accommodated. WHERE: 17635 Hwy 101 South, Klamath MORE INFO: 800-887-JETS (5387), 707-482-7775, JetBoatTours.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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Between 900 and 1,000 years ago, a redwood began to grow outside Klamath. It withstood the test of time and the elements, and today stands as a healthy living redwood. However, this tree is even more unique. A tunnel was made through it in 1976, so today you can actually drive through this enormous giant known as the Tour Thru Tree. As you take your car through the trunk of the tree, make sure to look up to get an idea of its astounding height. The sheer size of this redwood is startling — not to mention the fact that you are actually driving through a tree! You are welcome to hop out of the car and take a picture. Picnicking is available at tables near the tree. Close to the toll station there is a one-of-a-kind modern restroom made in a section of an eight-foot diameter redwood. Across the street from the toll station view emus, which are large Australian flightless birds. WHERE: Take Terwer Valley off-ramp from Hwy 101, go east .25 mile on Route 169 MORE INFO: 707-482-5971

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Trees of Mystery

Northern California’s redwood trees are some of the most remarkable sights in the world. A great place to enjoy them is at Trees of Mystery in Klamath. When you arrive, the official hosts, a towering 50 ft. Paul Bunyan and 35 ft. Babe the Blue Ox, will greet you. One of the most popular attractions is the nearly mile-long, groomed interpretive trail that takes you through the redwoods and allows you to learn the legend of Paul Bunyan.

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At the end of the trail there is a Native American museum that houses one of the greatest privately-owned collections in the world. An exciting feature of the Trees of Mystery experience is the nearly 1/3 mile journey through the forest tree tops via the unique SkyTrail gondola ride. A total of 8 Gondola Cars continuously make the approximately 8 to 10 minute, 1570 ft. trip up the mountain each day, giving riders not only spectacular views of magnificent redwoods, but a fine mountaintop ocean vista from the observation deck at the summit as well. There are also several other trails available for exploration. If you’re hungry, head to the Forest Café, which features fine food and remarkable murals. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and pick up a unique redwood keepsake. Accommodations are available at Motel Trees right across the street. Trees of Mystery is open daily, with hours varying from summer to winter. WHERE: 15500 Hwy 101 N., Klamath MORE INFO: 707-482-2251 or 800-638-3389, TreesOfMystery.net

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Klamath River Rafting

Whitewater rafting is one of the most exhilarating, heart-pounding adventures you can experience. Climb into an inflatable raft guided by an experienced whitewater rafter and head down the river for the ride of a lifetime. As the rapids approach, you can help guide the boat around rocks and through the turbulent water. The Klamath River stretches from Altamont in Klamath County, Oregon, all the way to the Pacific Ocean near the town of Klamath in Del Norte County, California. Rafting trips are offered on the upper and lower portions of the river, and range in difficulty. The upper portion, known for its long rapids, is classified 3-4 based on the International Rating Scale of 1-6. One is very relaxing and easy-going, while 6 is often considered impossible to raft. This section is one of the nationally protected “Wild and Scenic” rivers and is generally regarded as the only “big water” river that can be found in the region from late June through October. The Lower Klamath is more easy-going, providing mild to moderate trips. There are many rafting services in the area that can take you down either section of the river. Trips vary from a few hours to several days, with camping along the shore. Most rafting tours do not require any experience — guides can help you get accustomed to the bumpy ride ahead. For your safety, life preservers and helmets are provided. Whitewater rafting is a great experience for the thrill-seeker, nature lover and just about anyone else. MORE INFO: Orange Torpedo Trips, 800-635-2925, 541-479-5061, OrangeTorpedo.com

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Crescent City

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he crescent-shaped bay that gives Crescent City its name can be seen from a scenic vista stop just south of town on Hwy 101. From this vantage point you can see the rugged coast and lush forests that have helped shape this oceanside city’s history. Visitors enjoy the nearby Redwood National and State Parks, the Smith River National Recreation Area and Scenic Byway, as well as the magnificent coastline. Whether peering up at a skyscraping redwood grove, floating down the river or taking in a panoramic sunset over a long, empty beach, Crescent City’s natural beauty is something to experience. Learn more about the area at the Del Norte County Historical Society’s main museum at 577 Main Street, and then gain even greater knowledge of the area’s history by visiting the Battery Point Lighthouse, museum (also run by the Del Norte County Historical Society) and lighthouse keeper’s residence. For more family fun, be sure to check out Crescent City’s Beachfront Park, and the ever-popular Ocean World, where you can safely pet a shark and watch trained seals perform.

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MORE INFO: ExploreDelNorte.com • ONGOING: First Fridays Art Walk, 4-7pm, from Downtown to the Harbor enjoy local artists, live music, food and beverages • MARCH: Redwood Wild River Run, 707-464-3779, RWRR.org • MAY: “Chip In for Kids!” Golf Tournament, 707-218-7586 • JUNE: Crescent City Poker Run, 707-954-2467 • JULY: Fourth of July Celebration • AUGUST: Del Norte County Fair, 800-350-9556 or 707-464-9556; Crescent City Triathlon, CrescentCityTriathlon.com • SEPTEMBER: Juried Art Show, 707-464-9133 • OCTOBER: Blues, Brews and Cruise, 707-464-3174; Sea Cruise Car Show, 707-464-3174; Juried Photography Show, 707-464-9133

• Beachcombing, bird-watching • Surfing, kayaking, rafting • Exploring Redwood National and State Parks • Visiting historic museums and lighthouses • Dining and sightseeing • Camping, hiking, fishing

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Battery Point Lighthouse

This iconic structure stands on a tiny islet that connects to Battery Point by an isthmus at low tide. First lit with oil lamps in 1856, Battery Point Lighthouse remained in service until 1965, when it was replaced by a flashing light at the end of the nearby breakwater. In 1982 it was reactivated as a private aid to navigation by the Del Norte County Historical Society, and remains active today as a working lighthouse, museum, and lighthouse keeper’s residence. The lighthouse and its museum are open to the public for tours, and provide opportunities to look into the personal quarters of keepers and their families as well as the furniture and artifacts they’ve left behind since the 1850s. Tours include a climb into the light tower. There are displays of many maritime artifacts, photographs and documents that chronicle its history. Visits to the Battery Point Lighthouse and Island are only possible at low tides, and visitors should be on the lookout for sneaker waves when crossing the two hundred feet between the mainland and island. The lighthouse is open, tides permitting, between the hours of 10am and 4pm every day from April through September, and on weekends from October through March. WHERE: From Hwy 101 in Crescent City, go west on Front St. until it ends at A St., turn left onto A St. and follow it to the parking lot at its end. MORE INFO: 707-464-3089 or Main Museum 707-464-3922, DelNorteHistory.org/lighthouse

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Crescent City Area Beaches

The Crescent City area of Del Norte County is home to some of the most enchanting beaches anywhere. Just south of Crescent City lies Enderts Beach. From Hwy 101 drive south on Enderts Beach Rd. to an overlook some 500 ft. above the sandy beach. There you’ll find a secluded paradise that’s perfect for collecting yourself and clearing your head. Crescent Beach is another beach just off Enderts Beach Rd., about 2 mi. south of Crescent City. Picnicking and combing its sandy beach for washed-ashore treasure are some of the more popular activities there. Just south of the Oregon border you’ll find Pelican State Beach, the northernmost State Beach in California. This quiet, undeveloped and intimate beach is a great place to take a leisurely walk or go surf fishing. Whether it is skimming, swimming, windsurfing, picnicking or just taking a stroll at sunset, you will have a memorable time at these wonderful Del Norte County beaches. MORE INFO: Crescent City Chamber of Commerce, 800-343-8300, ExploreDelNorte.com

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Helicopter Tours to St. George REEF Lighthouse Fly from Crescent City Airport 6 miles out to sea, for a one-hour tour of one of the few off-shore lighthouses in the United States

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Crescent City

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Situated on a tiny, wave-swept rock 6 mi. off the coast near Crescent City, St. George Reef Lighthouse is a dramatic piece of living history and a monument to the dedication and sacrifices of the courageous men who built, maintained and operated it. The site for the lighthouse, first dubbed the “Dragon Rocks” in 1792, was chosen following the wreck of the Brother Jonathan in 1865, in which hundreds perished. It took almost 10 years to build the lighthouse and get it operational. It saw service from 1892 until 1975, and in 1996 the decommissioned lighthouse was leased by the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society, whose goal is to restore it to working condition. In March of 2012 it was once again activated, and today serves as a private aid to navigation. 2016 marks the 30th year since the founding of the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society and the start of restoration work. The restoration and maintenance were funded primarily by helicopter flights to the remote rock for about 16 years, but for the past four years flights were halted while new upgrades could be made to the helicopter landing area. The updates are scheduled for completion by November, and helicopter flights are expected to resume in January 2017. Helicopter tours depart the local airport, and land atop the caisson at the foot of the tower. During a one-hour tour of the structure visitors learn about the history of the lighthouse, the reef, and lighthouses in general. Tours are dependent upon the weather, and can be changed at the last moment due to unstable flying conditions. Be sure to check the flight schedule. If you cannot make a flight and tour, you might consider stopping by the Del Norte County Museum, on the corner of 5th and H Streets, which is also home to a large collection of artifacts from the lighthouse, 707-464-3922. MORE INFO: 707-464-8299, StGeorgeReefLighthouse.us, www.LighthouseFriends.com/light.asp?ID=26

If you are looking for an exciting family adventure, take a tour of Ocean World in Crescent City. This is one of the best privately-owned small aquariums in the United States. Go on a fully guided 45-minute tour that begins with a visit to the tide pool where kids and adults can touch the sea life. There are local flora, sea stars, anemones, sea slugs and more. In the main aquarium there are three environments, one of which features a rocky bottom and has 20 different species of rockfish, wolf eels and giant sea stars. The sandy bottom environment has a school of sharks, and in the open ocean environment you can watch bat rays “fly” along with 40-pound striped bass. Don’t forget to visit the Shark Gallery, where visitors can pet live sharks. There is a show with Cora, the sea lion, and Skull, Marina and Wyatt, harbor seals, who perform tricks. A question-and-answer period with the trainers takes place afterward. Going to Ocean World is a memorable experience for people of all ages! WHERE: 304 Hwy 101, Crescent City MORE INFO: 707-464-4900, OceanWorldOnline.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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If you’ve always wanted to ride on horseback through majestic redwoods or along one of California’s pristine beaches, here’s your chance to take home some wonderful memories. Crescent Trail Rides offers guided horseback rides in the Tolowa Dunes State Park and the Mill Creek area of Redwood National and State Parks. Rides range from an hour and a half to four hours in length, and are available year-round, weather permitting. Ride through old growth redwoods, meadows, sand dunes, marshes, over creeks, along the beach or up a mountain. Along the way you may see deer, elk, porcupines, skunks, geese, ducks, herons, egrets, even bald eagles. Rides are by reservation. Long pants and closed-toe footwear are required, and it’s a good idea to dress in layers because of the cool coastal climate. Family groups are welcome, but riders must be at least 6 years old. MORE INFO: 707-951-5407, CrescentTrailRides.com

When marine mammals are stranded, sick, or injured along the coastline of Humboldt and Del Norte counties, the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center rescues them. These animals are rehabilitated at the center with the goal of being released back into the wild. The NMMC cares for harbor seals, sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. While NorthcoastMMC.org a porpoise, dolphin or otter may be rescued, it will be transported to a facility that can provide additional care and rehabilitation. Whales are usually assisted via the Whale Disentanglement Team that includes the Center’s veterinarian. If you encounter a stranded or injured marine mammal, please stay back and keep people and pets away. These animals are in distress and can inflict severe bites. Contact the NMMC on their Stranding/Rescue line, 707-951-4722, to insure immediate help. Be prepared to describe the animal and its location. Remember that seals and sea lions sometimes rest on the beaches and should not be disturbed or chased back into the water. Harbor seal pups are usually not abandoned, but are awaiting the return of feeding mothers. Watch only from a distance. Educating children and adults about marine mammals and the importance of the delicate marine ecosystem is ongoing. Northcoast Marine Mammal Center is staffed by dedicated volunteers and funded by donations. When you visit, learn how you can help in their efforts to care for these animals and return them to their natural habitat. A variety of educational materials, books, logo-wear, jewelry, plush toys and souvenirs are available at their Pinniped (fin feet) Gift Shop. Weekday hours vary by season, but they are open weekends rain or shine. WHERE: 424 Howe Dr. in Crescent City’s Beachfront Park MORE INFO: 707-465-6265, NorthCoastMMC.org

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Redwood National and State Parks

Known as Redwood NSP by the National Park Service, the entire complex stretches roughly 50 mi. from near the Oregon border to south of Orick. The individual parks border and intersect one another to such an extent that they have come to be managed as if they were one entity, although different rules apply in the national and state-run sections. Truly one of the world’s premier natural destinations, these parks provide a wide range of recreational opportunities varying from such rugged outdoor activities as hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping and Class V white-water rafting, to more sedate pursuits including nature photography, peaceful strolls and awe-struck quiet contemplation. A long list of wildlife calls these parks home. In addition to redwoods there are quite a few other trees found in the parks and a variety of ecosystems, with areas of seacoast, river and prairie as well as densely forested zones. The rivers and streams are among the most pristine in the United States. MORE INFO: Visitor Information Center, 1111 Second St., Crescent City, 707-465-7335, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, www.nps.gov/redw • Redwood National Park The tallest tree currently known to exist in the world was discovered here in 2006. Named “Hyperion,” it is a coastal redwood that stands over 379 ft. in height, making it about 75 ft. taller than the entire Statue of Liberty with its pedestal. Scientists estimate that Hyperion is about 700 or 800 years old, but coastal redwoods can live to an

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astounding age of 2000 or more. The tree’s location has been kept secret to protect it from souvenir hunters. Camping in the park is permitted, but you’ll have to hike to reach the designated camping areas, which are located in the backcountry. Stays are limited to five consecutive nights, and you’ll need a permit. You will need to pack your water in with you, or purify or filter the water that you find, and you’re required to carry all your trash out with you. MORE INFO: 707-465-7335, 707-465-7765, www.nps.gov/redw • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park This jewel of a state park protects many acres of old-growth coastal redwoods along with the Smith River, the last major free-flowing river in California. Most of the park is watershed for this untamed river and Mill Creek, a major tributary. There are 20 mi. of hiking and nature trails that are excellent for exploring, along with many places to access the river for kayaking, swimming or fishing. King salmon and steelhead trout fishing are excellent in the fall and winter. Driving along the gravel Howland Hill Road or strolling in Stout Grove, with some of the most intense old-growth redwood habitat in the world, is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Scenes for the 1983 Star Wars film “Return of the Jedi” were filmed in this grove. There are also splendid campgrounds available for those who would like to spend the night. Make sure you stop at the Visitor Center; it has many exhibits which will enhance your experience of the park. The park and its campgrounds are open all year long. WHERE: 9 mi. east of Crescent City on Hwy 199 near Hiouchi MORE INFO: 707-465-7335, 707-458-3018, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413

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• Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park With 8 mi. of wild, rugged coastline and acres upon acres of old-growth redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is a wonderful place to spend the day. Tall trees tower above, allowing thin rays of light to shine through. Adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, there is a mountain range that runs north to south. The rocky coast is only accessible by Damnation Trail and Footsteps Rock Trail. Once down there, you will be able to see the cliffs from a new, awe-inspiring perspective. Wilson Beach or False Klamath Cove is a half-mile sandy beach that is great for strolling at low tide. Throughout the park there are miles of biking, hiking and nature trails along with guided tours. WHERE: 7 mi. south of Crescent City along Hwy 101 MORE INFO: 707-465-7335, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=414

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The Smith River waterway is the northernmost of California’s major rivers. Its mouth is about 5 mi. south of the Oregon border and 10 mi. north of Crescent City. It is the largest free-flowing river in the state, producing the largest steelhead and Chinook salmon. The untamed nature of this river, without a single dam along its entire length, makes it especially prized among conservationists; it is considered one of the crown jewels of the National Wild and Scenic River program. The river flows through some of the most beautiful scenery in California, from Six Rivers National Forest through Jedediah State Park and out to the Pacific Ocean. About 8.5 mi. from the town of Gasquet towards the Oregon border, Patrick Creek Lodge sits in a beautiful spot along the river. You can hike or bike on numerous trails nearby. Fishing begins just outside the lodge doors where cutthroat trout is available throughout summer. Salmon and steelhead fishing is available throughout the fall and winter. Fishing information and economical fish storage are both available at the lodge. Keep following the Smith River, as it cuts its way through the canyon, and you’ll hit the Collier Tunnel and the Oregon border. MORE INFO: PatrickCreekLodge.com

If you really want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, spend the night in a fire lookout at Bear Basin Butte Lookout in the heart of the Smith River National Recreation Area. since 1984 Perched atop a narrow ridge at 5,300 ft., the lookout features breathtaking 360-degree views of the Siskiyou Mountains to home of the famous the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. If you rent the www.fs.usda.gov lookout, a 1930s-style cabin ~ breakfast ~ lunch ~ dinner comes with it, providing sleeping accommodations for up to 12 people. The lookout and cabin are available for one- to ~ burgers ~ sandwiches four-night stays between July 1 and September 30. ~ 30 flavors of MORE INFO: Reservations are taken after January 1 at 877-444-6777 or Recreation.gov. old-fashioned thick When traveling along Hwy 199, be sure to enjoy the Smith River National Recreation Area. Go kayaking, whitewater rafting, and swimming in the Smith River and other rivers shakes & malts in the area. Fishing for trout, steelhead, and salmon on the rivers is considered world~ beer ~ wine ~ ice class due to the trophy-sized catches and the challenge of landing a fish. There are also numerous hiking trails through the Siskiyou Wilderness, along Myrtle Creek and on the 9 9 1 y w Darlingtonia interpretive trails, where you will be able to spot rare and endangered 9900 H plants including wildflowers. You can find the recreation area throughout much of Del ia Norte County, and Hwy 199 runs right through it. Californ MORE INFO: 707-442-1721, www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/srnf/recarea/?recid=11440

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Stout Grove, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

In an region where scenic attractions are difficult to describe without an excess of superlatives, Stout Grove pulls out all the stops. Located on a flood plain between the Smith River and Mill Creek, the periodic flooding prevents the growth of an understory of tanoak, madrone, red alder and other small trees that obscures the view in other stands of redwood. As a result, you can see the trees here better than in perhaps any other redwood grove in the world. With coast redwoods towering more than 300 ft. overhead and waist-high sword ferns, you might think you’ve been transported to a fairyland. RedwoodHikes.com describes it like this: “Best seen in the late afternoon, the grove has a remarkable cathedral-like appearance, hushed and serene, with huge straight trees rising through the gloom into brilliantly backlit foliage.” There is a flat, wide, loop trail through the grove, about 0.6 mi. long. It’s an easy but spectacular walk. The grove is almost never crowded, because it’s a little out of the way. The parking area above the trailhead has pit restrooms, and there is a paved walkway leading down to the trail. There are no parking or entrance fees. WHERE: 10 miles inland from Crescent City. Follow Hwy 199 until you’ve gone about a mile and a half past Hiouchi to a sign that says South Fork Road / Howland Hill Scenic Drive / Stout Grove. Turn right onto South Fork Road and go half a mile, crossing over the Smith River and then the South Fork of the Smith. Just past the South Fork turn right onto Douglas Park Drive. After a mile and a half it runs into Howland Hill Road and becomes a hard-packed gravel road. Continue along Howland Hill Road for another mile to the parking area for Stout Grove. MORE INFO: 707-465-7335, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413

Stout Grove (top) and Roosevelt Elk near Hiouchi (bottom), photos by Steve Hammons

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WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL MONUMENT The largest World War II Memorial in the United States is located near Hiouchi, about 10 mi. from Crescent City. From the beginning of World War II until shortly after its conclusion, from all across America, donations, many as small as 10¢, poured in to buy 5,000 acres of old-growth redwoods as a living memorial to honor those who fought. Today it comprises about half of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Called the National Tribute Grove, at its dedication in 1949 a memorial stone with a bronze plaque was erected along Hwy 199, so that those driving by would see it and remember. However, as the years passed the stone became obscured by vegetation, and was lost from view and almost lost from memory. Then in September of 2014, thanks to efforts by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Garden Club of America and Redwood National and State Parks, the 2,000 lb. stone was relocated to the picnic area of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park’s campground. Now once again people can see it, and be reminded of the sacrifices of those who served. The monument was unveiled by World War II veteran Robert D. Maxwell, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, at a ceremony rededicating the National Tribute Grove. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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The Smith River, known for its trophy-size fish, is a major route for migrating fish to their native spawning grounds. When a 1964 flood destroyed much of the spawning population, a need for a fish hatchery arose. In 1968, the Kiwanis Club in the town of Smith River raised enough money to sponsor the construction and operation of the first privately owned fish hatchery in California. Today, this nonprofit hatchery is open for daily tours. The goal of the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery is to increase and perpetuate runs of steelhead and Chinook salmon. The hatchery operates 365 days a year, and is open to visitors from 9am to 4pm weekdays. Fish are present at the hatchery year-round, but spawning season is when the hatchery is most active. Fall (usually November and December) brings busy excitement to the hatchery with the spawning of Chinook salmon. Monday and Thursday mornings, which are spawning days, offer the best chance to see the process. Steelhead return to the hatchery from January to March. The hatchery raises more than 100,000 steelhead each year. A “catch and release” fishing derby is sponsored by the hatchery every spring. WHERE: 255 N. Fred Haight Dr., Smith River MORE INFO: 707-487-3443, RowdyCreek.com

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rookings-Harbor, the southernmost community in Curry County, Oregon, is located six miles north of the California border on Hwy 101. This is an area of abundant natural attractions with miles of coastline, wild scenic rivers, state and city parks, and an attractive port. The cities of Brookings and Harbor are nestled on either side of the Chetco River where it meets the sea. Brookings is an incorporated city, while Harbor is not. They are in an area often referred to as the “banana belt” of the Pacific Northwest, thanks to its sunny and temperate year-round climate. This makes Brookings a welcome reprieve for travelers in a region otherwise known for rain and fog. Highway 101 runs through Brookings’ commercial core, which can fill virtually any need a traveler may have. Over 90 percent of America’s Easter lilies are grown between Brookings-Harbor and Smith River to the south, and an early summer drive between Brookings-Harbor and Crescent City takes you through breathtaking views of fields of blooming lilies.

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• ONGOING: Second Saturday Art Walk, • Fishing, hiking, swimming, WildRiversCoastArt.com; picnicking, boating, camping, American Music Festival, free community wildlife viewing concert series, Azalea Park • Brookings-Harbor boardwalk • MAY: Azalea Festival; • Recreational beaches and parks Annual Party at the Port • Salmon Run Golf and Wilderness • JUNE-OCTOBER: Saturday Farmers’ Market Preserve • JULY: Southern Oregon Kite Festival; • Chetco Valley Historical Museum 4th of July Celebration & Chili Cookoff; MORE INFO: Fireworks at the Port; Brookings.or.us Stout Park Festival of Art Port-Brookings-Harbor.com • AUGUST: Pirates of the Pacific Festival; BrookingsHarborChamber.com Festival of Art in Stout Park • AUGUST-SEPTEMBER: Slam’n Salmon Ocean Derby • OCTOBER: Octoberfest; Stout Mountain Railway Ghost Express; Sporthaven Marina King Salmon Hawg Derby • NOVEMBER-DECEMBER: Holidays at the Port of Brookings-Harbor • DECEMBER: Stout Mountain Railway Christmas Carnival; Nature's Coastal Holiday Light Show, BrookingsHarborChamber.com

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Log some hours this winter in the mildest temperatures on the Oregon coast to refresh and reinvigorate. Located on Highway 101 just 10 miles north of the California border. Check out our video library at www.brookings.or.us

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In Azalea City Park you can walk among ancient native azaleas that were growing when Lewis and Clark wintered on the Oregon Coast in 1805-06. Follow the numerous trails through this 33-acre park past astonishing endangered azaleas, annuals, shrubs and through stands of enormous trees. The paths are originally part of a pack trail that was used by miners in the 1850s. This was an important segment of the coastal wagon route leading from California to the Umpqua and Willamette Valleys in Oregon. The park was dedicated in 1939, and the first Azalea Festival was held there. In recent years volunteers have revitalized the park and built walkways, a play area in the northwest corner of the park called "Kidtown" that provides younger children with a chance to play among forts, bridges, slides, tires and ropes, and a "Stage Under the Stars" band shell that hosts the annual American Music Festival, a free summer concert series. MORE INFO: 541-469-1103, www.brookings.or.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/Azalea-Park-5

Need to relax? Love the outdoors? Alfred A. Loeb State Park combines secluded relaxation with the natural wonders of Southern Oregon. The crisp fragrance of myrtlewood is the prevailing scent in the air; the park is nestled in groves of these marvelous 200-year-old trees. Just beyond the park, the Chetco River rushes toward the Pacific Ocean. Depending on the time of year, the park provides swimming or steelhead and salmon fishing. Fishermen cast from shore or head out in drift boats, spending lazy afternoons on the water. Squirrels scampering on the shore and river otters paddling through the water are a common sight. Bird-watchers love the area because of the diverse bird population, and ospreys are extremely active at the park. No matter what time of the year, visitors enjoy the self-guided Riverview Nature Trail. The park is home to the northernmost redwood grove in the United States. Campsites and cabins are available. Take the time to enjoy the wondrous views and sights of the great Oregon outdoors. WHERE: about 10 mi. northeast of the town of Brookings. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, OregonStateParks.org/park_72.php

Harris Beach and Chetco Point Park

Brookings is home to several beautiful beaches. Take an afternoon to explore them, picnic on them or walk the adjacent trails. Some of these beaches boast a treasure trove of shells and stones, while others provide a glimpse into marine life through tide pools. Camping accommodations can also be found. Harris Beach State Park, on the north side of Brookings, has an exceptional rocky coastline dotted by monolithic sea stacks and bordered by gorgeous spruce, fir and pine trees. Sea lions, sea birds and seals are a common sight along the beaches, and in winter and spring you may see migrating gray whales. Bird Island, just offshore, is the largest island off the Oregon Coast and is a National Wildlife Sanctuary and Harris Beach, photo by Steve Hammons breeding site for rare birds, including the tufted puffin. The park offers RV hookups, showers, restrooms, tent sites, Wi-Fi access, playgrounds, and cabins, yurts and teepees. Interpretive events, tours and educational programs are all available. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, OregonStateParks.org Chetco Point Park is a nine-acre beach park located half a mile west of Brookings, off Wharf St. The park features a large play area with lush rye grass, picnic tables and horseshoe pits. If you follow the walking trail south, both Chetco and Mill Beaches at the end of the trail contain a rich supply of shells, stones, marine life and everchanging views of the power of the sea. MORE INFO: 541-469-1103, Brookings.or.us/facilities/facility/details/Chetco-Point-Park-6

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The Port of Brookings-Harbor reposes on the beautiful Siskiyou Coast in Southern Oregon. Located just over the border from California and the Redwood National Forest, the Port of Brookings-Harbor is the gateway port to Oregon. With Oregon’s safest bar and a temperate climate (temperatures of 70 degrees are not uncommon for July nor for January), the Port offers an ideal site for both the serious deep-sea fisherman and the person who has never tried his hand at catching the big ones, as well as those whose favorite pastimes reside on terra firma. Off the water, the Port contains an array of retail businesses fronting an impressive boardwalk that overlooks two boat basins. The Boardwalk, a great source of local pride, provides a beautiful, restful place for locals and visitors alike. It is lined with colorful shops and businesses offering a wide array of merchandise and services: books, ice cream, clothing, artwork, guided tours, and a spectacular diversity of mementos and gifts. Restaurants in the area feature everything from snacks to regional and international cuisine, including, of course, fantastic seafood. The Port of Brookings-Harbor enjoys easy access from Hwy 101. From the South (California) a left-hand turn at the Benham Lane traffic light leads the driver onto Lower Harbor Road and the southern end of the Port area. From the North, Hwy 101 signage is limited, but does allow traffic to exit to Port property. The bridge crossing at the Chetco River allows an adequate view of the Port to alert visitors of the approaching exit. The Port can also be accessed from Shopping Center Avenue, and from Benham Lane via Oceanview Drive. MORE INFO: 541-469-2218 Ext. 1001, PortOfBrookingsHarbor.com

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Fishing in Brookings

Fishermen love Brookings. The area, known for its warm, mild climate and natural beauty, offers superb year-round ocean and seasonal river fishing. The Port of Brookings-Harbor has one of the safest entries to the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast. It is a working port that caters to sport fishermen, sailors, pleasure boaters, and a fleet of commercial fishing vessels. The supporting infrastructure provides dock, electrical, fuel and sewer services. Numerous oceangoing boats are available for charter. Sportsmen may try their hand at bottom fishing (lingcod and a variety of rockfish such as rock cod and Pacific snapper) or go after salmon, halibut, albacore, red tail perch, Dungeness crab or shark. For the more laid-back, fishing from shore is another option. River fishing is also a popular pastime in and around Brookings. The Chetco River, which flows into the Port of Brookings-Harbor, and the Winchuck River to the south both receive rave reviews for their salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout populations. MORE INFO: 541-469-2218 Ext. 1001, PortOfBrookingsHarbor.com

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Chetco River

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To see the rugged and wild side of nature, take a trip along the 44.5 mi. of the Wild and Scenic Chetco River. This federally designated section of the Chetco is divided into three segments: wild, scenic and recreational. The first 27.5 mi., extending from its headwaters in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness down to Mislatnah Creek, are designated wild. The next 7.5 mi., down to Eagle Creek, are designated scenic, while the last 9.5 mi., from Eagle Creek to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary just above Loeb State Park, are designated recreational. Within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness the mountainous terrain is steep, sparsely vegetated and deeply cleaved by the Chetco. The river floor is narrow and boulder-strewn, with many rapids and falls. Leaving the wilderness, the river begins to widen but still narrows at points, crossing through rocky outcroppings where it leaves behind gigantic boulders. The dramatic Chetco River Gorge, with its abrupt sides and unique rock formations, is well worth a visit. Below it, the river continues to broaden with sandbars and raised river terraces. The river eventually empties into the Pacific Ocean between Brookings and Harbor, just five miles north of the California border, where it is gentler, the river bottom wider and its banks covered by dense forest. Along its journey it drops 3,700 ft. in elevation. In the summer, visitors love to go fishing, four-wheel driving, hiking, swimming, picnicking, rafting, kayaking, camping and wildlife-viewing on the river. In the fall and winter, people enjoy excellent salmon and steelhead Brookings Premier Destination fishing, and a few brave and hardy souls go white-water kayaking. WHERE: The Chetco River winds through the southern part of Curry County and can be found by going to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in Siskiyou National Forest or driving along North Bank Chetco River Road off Hwy 101 near Brookings. At the Port of Brookings MORE INFO: 541-618-2200, Port-Brookings-Harbor.com

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Tidewind Sportfishing

Whether you are an experienced fisherman or have never picked up a rod, you will enjoy the exhilaration of sport fishing on the high seas, stalking those elusive record catches. Lingcod and vermillion cod are the two most sought-after fish off the coast of Southern Oregon. If you are seeking the perfect fishing trip, this is the place to go. Family-owned and operated for over 35 years, Tidewind Sportfishing has provided the ultimate fishing experience. This team’s expertise will guarantee you get to enjoy the most fantastic fishing possible. There is nothing like waking up at dawn and heading out over the calm, cool Pacific to find spots that are teeming with enormous fish. You will never forget the challenge of reeling them in. The goal of these professional guides is to make your trip as successful as possible. WHERE: 16368 Lower Harbor Rd., Brookings MORE INFO: 541-469-0337, TidewindSportfishing.com

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Take the turnoff at milepost 346 to visit Natural Bridges, one of the most popular viewpoints in the entire scenic corridor. A wooden viewing platform, easily reached by a short trail from the parking area, overlooks a wave-cut natural bridge rock formation where you can watch the surf crash through the arches. Lesser trails branch off and descend more steeply to afford closer views of the natural bridges. The main trail connects to the Thunder Cove Loop, part of the Oregon Coastal Trail, after a quarter of a mile. That trailhead can also be accessed at the milepost 345.8 pulloff. The loop itself is a mile long, and descends steadily but not too steeply. It is wellmaintained. The view is dramatic, but visitors should be careful and keep a close eye on children and pets, because the trail runs along the edge of dizzying drops in places. WHERE: About 10 mi. north of Brookings. Turn off Hwy 101 at the 346 milepost. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, 541-469-0224, OregonStateParks.org

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Located at the southern end of the spectacular 11-mile long Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor, Lone Ranch Beach is comprised of sandy beach, rocks and close-in offshore sea stacks. At low tide, easily accessible tide pools form amid the rocks, providing the perfect opportunity for children (and grown-ups!) to safely explore these fascinating, miniature marine habitats. The area is also a prime location for whale-watching and bird-watching. A rich variety of raptors, water fowl and perching birds make their home there. The beach is easily reached by a well-maintained trail from the Lone Ranch Beach Picnic Area parking lot, located at the end of the highway turnoff. The picnic area has picnic tables, fire rings and a public restroom, and is handicapped accessible. Immediately north of the parking area, a half-mile trail climbs up a grassy headland to a dramatic viewpoint on the 300-ft. summit of Cape Ferrelo. From the northern end of Lone Ranch Beach you can walk around the base of the Cape at low tide, but take care to return before the tide comes back in. There is no day use fee. WHERE: 4 mi. north of Brookings. Turn off Hwy 101 at the 352.6 milepost. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, 541-469-0224, OregonStateParks.org 28 Southern Oregon • 101Things.com

Positioned roughly halfway between Gold Beach and Brookings, Arch Rock is the most well-known and easily viewed of the wave-cut natural arches and “bridges” in the Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor. The squat, flat-topped formation is about 500 ft. offshore and lies next to another small island. Extending to the north are a series of sea stacks that make up Mack’s Reef, a part of the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Preserve. Arch Rock is best viewed from the end of a short trail from the parking lot at the milepost 344.6 turnoff. The walk takes you through a meadow brightened by dazzling wildflowers in the spring. The trail also connects with the Oregon Coast Trail, a favorite with day hikers. The Arch Rock Picnic Area is wheelchair accessible, and has a public toilet. There is no day use fee. WHERE: About halfway between Gold Beach and Brookings. Turn off Hwy 101 at the 344.6 milepost. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, 541-469-0224, OregonStateParks.org

Whaleshead Beach

At a mile in length, and crossed by three streams, Whaleshead Beach is the longest stretch of open, sandy beach in the Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor. The beach takes its name from Whaleshead Island, a large rock just offshore that shoots a water Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint, photo by Steve Hammons spout into the air when waves hit it at a certain angle. The beach is easily accessible from a parking lot at the milepost 349.1 turnoff, or by a somewhat more challenging but rewarding hike along the Oregon Coast Trail from Hwy 101. There is also a breathtaking view of Whaleshead Island from a pullout at milepost 349.3. The Whaleshead area is also home to the only cluster of businesses along the corridor, including a small store, a restaurant and RV campsite. About a mile north of Whaleshead Beach along the Oregon Coast Trail, or accessible from a turnoff at milepost 348.6, you can see Indian Sands with its unusual sandstone formations and a spectacular view of the coastline. At the northern end of Whaleshead Beach are a picnic area with tables and a public rest room. Like the rest of the scenic corridor, there is no day use fee. WHERE: 8 mi. north of Brookings. Turn off Hwy 101 at the 348.6 milepost. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, 541-469-0224, OregonStateParks.org

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Gold Beach

Events and Festivals

• FEBRUARY: South Coast Writers Conference • FEBRUARY, MARCH and APRIL: Gold Beach Treasure Hunt • MARCH: Rogue River Rampage (mud run) • MAY: Swing into Spring Festival, Whale of a Wine Fest • MAY-OCTOBER: Jet Boat Tours • JUNE: Pistol River Wave Bash (windsurfing) • JULY: 4th of July Celebration, Hydroplane Races on the Lower Rogue • AUGUST: Curry County Fair • SEPTEMBER: Lower Rogue Salmon Derby, Bike the Rogue, Festival of Quilts, Classic Car Show, Brew and Art Festival MORE INFO: Gold Beach Visitor Center, 800-525-2334, GoldBeach.org

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Activities in the Area

• Gold Beach area activities include beachcombing, tidepooling, clamming and crabbing, photography, nature walks and wildlife and bird-watching. Gold Beach is highly rated for windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and is considered one of the

Northwest’s choice bases for whitewater jet boating, kayaking and biking. It is probably best known for exciting jet boat tours up the Rogue River. • The Rogue River is famous for world-class salmon and steelhead fishing; professional guides are available. • There is excellent ocean fishing out of Gold Beach. Charter trips are available at the Port of Gold Beach. Lingcod, snapper and other rock fish are all caught locally. • Horseback riding on the area’s scenic beaches and through the coastal mountains. • Hikers have many trails to choose from. The Oregon Coast Trail both south and north of Gold Beach is spectacular. Inland trails include the Rogue River Walk, Shrader Old Growth Trail and the Myrtlewood Trail. • Whale-watching and winter storm-watching.

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description of the diet and habits of the dinosaurs. Visitors can linger and examine the different dinosaurs that are displayed in this wonderful combination of fairy tale and natural history. The more than 20 dinosaur statues are anatomically correct, although their coloration tends toward the fanciful. But don’t let yourself be mesmerized by the dinosaur exhibit alone. Remember to look around and experience this unique environment. The lush, green vegetation is abundant. Do not be discouraged if it is raining when you make your stop; the canopy of treetop branches and leaves are thick and protective, and umbrellas are offered. Rain adds to the experience of the rainforest adventure! Children of all ages will love stopping by this wonderful area and taking in the natural beauty as well as the scientific and educational amusements. WHERE: Hwy 101 between Gold Beach and Port Orford MORE INFO: 541-332-4463, PrehistoricGardens.com

One of a Kind Lighthouses are Made in Gold Beach Unique, one-of-a-kind lighthouses, complete with a light which has a revolving appearance, are manufactured at Rogue River Myrtlewood in Gold Beach, Oregon. The light is controlled by a small circuit board. Combined with the custom made stained glass lens, the light produced casts beautiful patterns. Also featuring a large selection of gifts made from Oregon’s most beautiful hardwood.

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Visitors are fascinated when they visit Rogue River Myrtlewood in Gold Beach. Myrtlewood, a member of the laurel family, grows only on the southern coast of Oregon and the northern coast of California. A hardwood, it is excellent for carving. Products made from it are long-lasting, and come in a wide range of colors. The Rogue River Myrtlewood Carving Factory and Shop are unique in that much of what they sell is manufactured on-site. Some visitors spend hours watching the craftsmanship in action. Tours are available anytime — just ask. In addition to seeing, learning about and feeling myrtlewood, tourists can also enjoy experiencing the local color. When visiting Rogue River Myrtlewood, be sure to check out the model lighthouses — there is a wide selection of one of a kind designs to choose from. WHERE: 29750 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach MORE INFO: 541-247-2332, RogueRiverMyrtlewoodShop.com

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Celebrating 62 Years! Step Back in Time! • Life size, hand sculpted replicas of Prehistoric Animals • Follow the Dinosaur Tracks on self-guided tours winding through the ancient Oregon Rainforest Unique Gifts & Souvenirs • All things Prehistoric! • Fossils, rocks and precious stones Open All Year Summer 9am-6pm Call for winter hours 36848 Hwy. 101 South • 541-332-4463 PrehistoricGardens.com Between GOLD BEACH & PORT ORFORD

Nestled between the mountains of beautiful Cedar Valley and graced by the clear waters of the Cedar Fork Creek, Cedar Bend Golf Course is a mentally engaging golfer’s destination on the Oregon coast. This nine hole course has two flags on each green and dual tees, allowing it to also function as a par-72, 18 hole golf course. Golfers are challenged with the combination of elevated tees and greens, as well as water hazards throughout the course. The course provides a stimulating challenge for experienced golfers, but also plenty of forgiveness for those new to the game. Cedar Bend welcomes all levels of golfers from beginners to scratch.

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Cedar Bend Golf Course is owned by its members, many of whom generously donate their time and resources to keep the grounds beautifully well kept. The course offers a fine clubhouse facility that houses a snack bar, barbecue pits, pro shop, and the “19th hole” - their friendly little bar. The clubhouse is available to groups or large parties for special events. Enhance your next visit to the Southern Oregon coast by visiting this friendly, yet challenging Gold Beach golf course. The membership and staff are eager to make your visit one to remember. WHERE: 34391 Cedar Valley Rd., Gold Beach MORE INFO: 541-247-6911, CedarBendGolf.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Hiking and Biking Trails Near Gold Beach

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Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor

Some of the most majestic sights of coastal Oregon are the enormous old Douglas-firs. Schrader Old Growth Trail is an easy hike and home to some of the oldest trees in the area. Bring your mountain bike and ride the trails. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that inhabits the forest around these 200- to 300-year-old trees (and older — Douglas-firs can live to 1,000 years in age, although such specimens are rare). This interpretive trail is a one-mile loop. Pick up a brochure at the trailhead and learn about the different plants and animals that you might see along the way. After you have looped around the Shrader Old Growth Trail, you can cross the Lobster Creek Bridge and head to the Myrtle Tree Trail. Since this trail is much shorter, about a quarter mile, you might want to try it out first. The largest myrtle tree in the world can be found on this trail. This stately myrtle stands at nearly 90 ft. tall and 42 ft. around. These two trails offer excellent, short hikes for those looking to enjoy the outdoors. The Myrtle Tree and Schrader Old Growth Trails are located on either side of the Lobster Creek Bridge. To get to the bridge, follow the signs at Jerry’s Flat Road. MORE INFO: Gold Beach Visitor Center 800-525-2334, GoldBeach.org

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Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor offers gorgeous panoramic vistas. There are two parking areas that provide direct access to the overlooks. The first of them sits 200 ft. above sea level and offers a view that can extend over 40 mi. north. Humbug Mountain is a dominant part of this remarkable vista.

Horseback Riding Near Gold Beach

The forest-covered hills, open meadows, sandy dunes and rock-strewn shores around Gold Beach provide the perfect setting for an adventure on horseback. Whether you are a complete beginner, an experienced rider, or anywhere in between, the Gold Beach area is just right for you. Hawk’s Rest Ranch is a 200-acre ranch situated in the Pistol River Valley about 10 mi. south of Gold Beach. Their horses are very gentle and have been featured in movies and commercials. They offer boarding and guided trail rides past open meadows, through the woods and along bubbling creeks where you will be able to see the Siskiyou Mountains to the east. There are 60-minute and 90-minute rides on the ranch, and private half-day and full-day rides can be arranged. Rides along the beach are also available. WHERE: 94667 North Bank Pistol River Rd., Pistol River MORE INFO: 541-247-6423 and on Facebook

Coast Trail, Cape Sebastian, courtesy of Oregon Parks & Recreation

The view to the south is even longer, spanning out for nearly 50 mi. and encompassing St. George’s Reef Lighthouse and Crescent City. Most of the park is covered by Sitka spruce. A 1.5 mile walking trail to the cape leads to a great spot for hikers and birdwatchers. Head down to the beach and enjoy the rolling waves and foaming waters of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy fishing or watch for wildlife on land and in the water. During certain times of the year, the park becomes the perfect place on the Oregon Coast to watch enormous grey whales migrate either south for the winter or north for the summer. WHERE: 7 mi. south of Gold Beach, just off Hwy 101 MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, OregonStateParks.org/park_73.php

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Pistol River State Park

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Pistol River Wave Bash

Pistol River State Park was the site of a fierce battle in the Rogue River Indian Wars of the 1850s, but today is known primarily for its beauty, its flora and fauna, and the many recreational opportunities it offers. The Pistol River carves its way past fantastic rock formations, between towering sand dunes and finally into the ocean. It has repeatedly changed its course, and left behind unique pothole ponds that provide waterfowl with ideal habitats, making the area very popular with bird-watchers. The park also offers superb windsurfing, with conditions so ideal that the national windsurfing championships have been held there. Walking, swimming, hiking and boating are among the many recreational activities popular at the park. Interpretive tours are offered and visitors are almost guaranteed to see abundant land and sea wildlife, including a wide variety of the birds who make the park their home. A horse trail is maintained there as well. WHERE: About 11 mi. south of Gold Beach just off Hwy 101 MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, OregonStateParks.org/park_76.php

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Every June some of the world’s best windsurfers come to Gold Beach for a high-powered tournament known as the Pistol River Wave Bash, a major event on the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT). It’s held in the surf off Meyers Beach in Pistol River State Park, just south of Gold Beach. The naturally occurring combination of wind and surf here make this area one of the world’s premier locations for this unbelievably PENPEN EARYEAR ROUND WITH ESERVATIONS exciting sport, and the dazzling natural beauty of the surroundings makes it absolutely AROUND WITH RESERVATIONS perfect. The event attracts champions from all over the U.S., the South Pacific, South miles 10 South of Gold Beach • 17 miles North of Brookings miles South of Gold Beach 17 miles North of Brookings America, Europe and the rest of the world. WHERE: About 11 mi. south of Gold Beach just off Hwy 101 MORE INFO: AmericanWindsurfingTour.com

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Gold Beach Gold Beach Treasure Hunting

February through April is Treasure Hunting Season in Gold Beach! Each year over 1500 colorful glass floats are “hidden” on the beach for visitors to find. Every week 125 floats are placed above the high surf line on the beach from just south of Kissing Rock wayside to a little north of the Rogue River north jetty (approximately 2.5 mi. of beach). During the week of Valentine’s Day, only red floats are put out. Visitors who find a glass float get to keep it, plus they also get to enter a monthly drawing at the Gold Beach Visitor Center. One lucky winner is chosen each month for Glass floats for the Treasure Hunting Season, a mini-vacation package that includes an overnight stay, dinner, and two Jerry’s Jet photo by Sue Dawson Boat tickets. Select local retailers also participate in the treasure hunting. Spend at least $25 in one of the stores and take your receipt to the Visitor Center to receive a FREE glass float (you can get up to three free floats depending on how much you spend). For everyone to enjoy themselves the Visitor Center asks that folks BE FAIR and take just one found float per person. MORE INFO: 800-525-2334 or 541-247-7526, GoldBeach.org

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What is the best way to experience the beautiful rivers, scenery and wildlife of Southern Oregon? Take a jet boat ride with Jerry’s Rogue Jets on the Rogue River! Glide over the water past enormous rock cliffs, viewing diverse plant and animal life. Ready your camera to photograph the osprey, deer, bear, otter and other wildlife. These powerful boats take people up and down the Wild and Scenic Rogue River on a trip that will excite even the hardiest thrill-seeker. After more than 80 mi. of white water and rapids, you will find yourself in the middle of some of the most spectacularly beautiful backcountry in the state of Oregon. Only salmon, steelhead and these flat, powerful boats are capable of going this far up the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. WHERE: Jerry’s Rogue Jets is located a short distance from the mouth of the Rogue River in Gold Beach. MORE INFO: 800-451-3645, RogueJets.com

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Gold Beach, OR

Jerry’s Rogue Jets, photo by JR Robinson, Picture This Photography, Gold Beach, OR

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Fishing the Coast and Lower Rogue

Gold Beach and Agness offers not just world-class fishing year-round, but it offers stellar choices. From here you can fish the world-famous Rogue River, or you can enjoy fishing the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the Southern Oregon coast — or do both! There is nothing like watching the spectacular views of sunrise or sunset over the ocean and mountains as you enjoy calm water fishing on the Rogue River in the Gold Beach area. Spring Chinook (or king) salmon are caught between Gold Beach and Agness (2 to 35 mi. upriver). Similar to fall Chinook, these “springers” are in peak physical condition as they leave the cold waters of the Pacific and come into the Rogue system in search of their spawning grounds during springtime. Known for their mouthwatering flavor, spring Chinook range in size from 10 to 40+ pounds. In summer and fall you can troll the Rogue River Bay for fall Chinook salmon that, once hooked, give even the most experienced angler a challenging fight. These fine fish also range from 10 to 40+ pounds. In fact, one weighing over 70 pounds was landed several years ago. Summer steelhead (or half-pounders) also provide excellent fishing during those months. December through March is a favorite time of the year for many locals because Gold Beach typically has multiple days of sunny, mild weather during this period. Steelhead fishing reaches its peak in February, with opportunities to cast in as many as five rivers within a five-minute to one-hour drive from the center of town. How does a covered, heated 21-foot powerboat sound? Or an open drift boat with heater? These vessels carry two to four people, depending on conditions and fishing method. Guides, boats, licenses and tackle are all available in Gold Beach. If you are not boating, you can also drive upstream. Locals can point out many public river access spots for good fishing. The ocean is, of course, a different kettle of fish altogether, with a variety of fish available throughout the year. Gold Beach offers the best ocean bottom fishing opportunities on the Oregon coast. Try your luck just a few miles offshore in 40 to 125 ft. of water for a chance at great catches of excellent-eating seafood.

Rogue River on the way to Agness, photo by Gregg Gardiner

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Agness is great for hikers, offering a large network of spectacular hiking trails. Here are three popular ones: • Lower Rogue River Trail: Hikers can enter this beautiful trail next to the Library/Community Building at the east trailhead. The trail continues 12 mi. downriver, a wonderful day hike with lots of wildlife, going past Copper Canyon and ending at Morey Meadow. • Upper Rogue River Trail: It’s a short drive of about 3 mi. to the trailhead at Foster Bar, the beginning of a memorable 42-milelong hike along the Rogue River. It goes past many historic sites including Paradise Lodge, the famous Rogue River Blossom Bar Rapids, Mule Creek Canyon and the Rogue River Ranch museum at Marial, and ends at Grave Creek. • Illinois River Trail: Beginning at Oak Flat near Agness and ending at Silver Creek, the route will take you through the north end of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. It is a somewhat difficult trail, especially near Bald Mountain, but offers epic views of the rugged canyon. The trail is approximately 27 mi. long and follows the course of the river. It is considered one of the best hikes in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and offers spectacular wildflowers, old-growth trees, rugged and steep river canyons and a wide variety of wildlife. MORE INFO: 541-618-2200, www.fs.usda.gov/main/roguesiskiyou/home photo by Steve Hammons

Overlooking the Rogue River Trail Providing lodging and meals in our family’s country home since 1942.

ILLAHE LODGE We serve family-style meals including produce from our garden when available. Upriver from Foster Bar. Accessible by road. Fishing parties, family reunions and private parties encouraged.

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t the crossroads of Hwy 101 and County Road 595 (better known as Jerry’s Flat Road in Gold Beach), try this: just go east instead of north. County Rd. 595 is the “road less traveled.” Follow the Rogue River up into the hills about 20 mi. and the road turns into National Forest Development Rd. 33, also called Agness Road. There is a photo opportunity around every turn, and the unspoiled beauty is breathtaking. Giant conifers line one side of the road and the legendary Rogue River is on the other. Keep following the Rogue about 15 mi. to the small town of Agness, where the river runs right through the center of town. Agness is located where the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River area and the Illinois Wild and Scenic River area converge. The town has a “city” limits sign proclaiming “Pop: Small.” For a town its size it has so much to give. Spend some time with the locals and find out for yourself. The 35-mile drive from Gold Beach to Agness is exceptionally scenic and enjoyable, and travelers will want to stop many times along the way. En route enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, rafting, jet skiing and kayaking… or just head straight to Agness to get away from it all. In September The Gathering of the People Pow Wow Festival is held in Agness (visit the Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue Facebook page).

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The Wild Rogue Wilderness is a prime example of the natural, scenic beauty that Southern Oregon is famous for. It was established as a wilderness area in 1978 to provide watershed protection for the federally designated “wild” portion of the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. This area, although accessible by car by way of a network of BLM roads, lives up to its “wild” name. Nearly vertical cliffs and razor-sharp ridges provide a breathtaking backdrop for the pristine mountain creeks that ripple toward the rivers. The region was originally settled by hunters and gold prospectors, who were drawn to the land by the prospect it held for wealth. Little gold was ever found in the area, but as you wander through you are likely to run across 150-year-old remnants of the search. Stamp mills, flumes and trestles still speckle this otherwise undeveloped tract of land. If you are a fisherman, you will be delighted by the tremendous steelhead and salmon fishing. As you’d expect, the Wild Rogue Wilderness is a camper’s paradise. If you have a taste for pulse-pounding excitement, test the challenging whitewater the Rogue River has to offer. Hikers love the National Recreation Trail that runs parallel to the Rogue right through the wilderness area for about 40 mi. from Graves Creek to Illahe, including a 15-mi. stretch of hiker-only access to the Rogue River. Illahe, located on the Rogue River in the Klamath Mountains, is about 8 mi. north of Agness via the Agness-Illahe Rd MORE INFO: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Gold Beach Ranger District, 541-247-3600

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34414 Agness Illahe Rd. Agness, OR 541-247-9181

The only way to truly experience the backcountry east of Gold Beach is to spend some time with the locals: eat, sleep, shop, see the sights and get your feet wet. Follow the Rogue River from the rugged Pacific Coast along what is called Jerry’s Flat Road inland to the little town called Agness and take a step back in time. Your 35-mile sojourn from the coast will take you through a slow corridor lined with giant conifers on one side and the rushing river on the other. What you will find when you reach the village of Agness is a century-old riverside experience. • Singing Springs Resort offers Rogue River visitors well-known hospitality, fine food, casual overnight accommodations and an escape from the hustle of everyday life. It is known for its friendly atmosphere. They feature experienced driftboat operators and fishing guides on the Rogue. MORE INFO: 877-330-3777, SingingSpringsResort.com • Cougar Lane Lodge is a favorite stop after the drive from Hwy 101 to Agness. The Cougar Lane Lodge has it all: a full restaurant and bar, a country grocery store complete with gas and fishing supplies, and a comfortable motel. Pack a picnic, rig your fishin’ pole and get down to the river bar for a day you won’t forget. MORE INFO: 541-247-7233, CougarLane.com • Illahe Lodge has been providing guest lodging with meals in its relaxed country home setting since 1942. Meals are served family-style, and many of the fruits and vegetables they serve come from their own garden and orchards, just as they have since the lodge was built. The Illahe Lodge overlooks the Rogue River Trail, and is accessible by car. MORE INFO: 541-247-6111, IllaheLodge.com

Restaurant Lounge Motel Groceries Gas Liquor Riverside Dining May 1 to October 15 Picnickers Always Welcome Store & Motel Open Year-round Only 32 miles up the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in the beautiful Siskiyou National Forest, 45 minutes from Hwy 101...

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Agness Rogue River RV Park

AN ESCAPE TO NATURE

DINING - Enjoy all your favorite

summer treats — BBQ, build your own burgers, dollar dogs for kids, and our garden salad & soup bar. Cold beer & wine too! LODGING - Rest comfortably in our country cottages, watch the wild deer from your cabin door or private porch.

PLAYING - Info about local tour boat trips, fishing, and drift boat services.

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THE COAST ~ Port Orford, OR

Port Orford Events and Festivals • JULY: Elk & Sixes Rivers Salmon Derby; Port Orford Jubilee — Spectacular 4th of July Celebration • AUGUST: Classic Cruiser & Hot Rod Show • NOVEMBER-DECEMBER: Annual Jubilee Salmon Derby • DECEMBER: Christmas at the Cape: Hughes House Victorian Holiday MORE INFO: VisitTheOregonCoast.com, PortOrfordJubilee.com

Battle Rock, photo by Gregg Gardiner

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he oldest established town site on the Oregon coast and the westernmost incorporated city in the lower 48 United States, Port Orford is a jewel-like coastal village perched on scenic bluffs about 30 mi. north of Gold Beach. It is also an open-water port, with no bar to provide natural protection for moorage in the water. As a result, it’s become one of only a small handful of “dolly dock” ports in the world. Two giant cranes hoist fishing boats into and out of the water. On the dock they set the boats down on custom-made dollies (trailers) parked in rows. Because there is no dangerous bar to cross, ocean sport fishermen enjoy more fishable days per year, and good fishing can be found just a few minutes from the dock. The Orford and Blanco reefs offer excellent bottom fishing. These waters are also popular among divers, and kayaking and windsurfing have become increasingly popular there as well. The absence of a bar also means that the port’s beaches are a beachcomber’s and rockhound’s paradise, where the ocean yields up treasures of agate, driftwood, seashells and even the occasional Japanese glass float. Nearby points of interest include Cape Blanco State Park, Battle Rock Park, Humbug Mountain, Port Orford Heads State Park, and Garrison Lake, a natural freshwater lake located entirely within city limits. The town is also an anchor point for the spectacular Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway, a 60-mi. course that runs along the ocean and along the wild and scenic Elk River in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. MORE INFO: Port Orford Chamber of Commerce, 541-366-8319, PortOrfordChamber.com, OregonStateParks.org

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Port Orford Heads State Park & Battle Rock Park

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Cape Blanco State Park

Port Orford Heads State Park is a beautiful expanse of coastal land running along the western edge of Port Orford, and Battle Rock Park another, running along the town’s southeastern shore. Both are rich in natural beauty, recreational opportunities sand historical significance. Port Orford Heads State Park has excellent hiking trails on the headlands affording dramatic views up and down the Pacific Coast. In the park you’ll find the Port Orford Lifeboat Station. From 1934 until 1970 it housed US Coast Guard members who regularly risked their lived to protect sailors in distress. Today the barracks/office building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has become a museum (admission is free). Four other historic buildings also remain on this site. Battle Rock Park is named after a large rock extending from the northern end of the beach out into the ocean. It was the site of a fierce battle between crewmen from an old steam propeller vessel, the Sea Gull, and American Indians of the Qua-to-mah tribe in 1851. Today Battle Rock is where fireworks are set off for Port Orford’s annual 4th of July Jubilee. MORE INFO: Port Orford Heads State Park, 800-551-6949, 541-332-6774 ext 0, OregonStateParks.org; Battle Rock Visitor Center 541-332-4106, PortOrford.org/visitorcenter.html

Cape Blanco is located about 9 mi.s north of Port Orford along a mountainous stretch of Oregon coastline. Jutting out a mile and a half into the Pacific, it is a large and fairly level promontory about 200 feet above sea level, with white, chalky cliffs that face the ocean (hence its name) and jagged, rocky formations extending from its northern end. The Sixes River flows into the Pacific Ocean at the northern border of Cape Blanco State Park, and a short 2-mi. hike along the Oregon Coast Trail leads south from the park to the mouth of the Wild and Scenic Elk River. The cape’s two most notable landmarks are the Cape Blanco Lighthouse and Hughes House. The lighthouse went online in 1870 and is still in service today. It is open to the public from April through October, and the view of the coastline from the lens room is spectacular. The Hughes ranchhouse was built in 1898, and has been completely restored. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is now operated as a historic house museum. There is also a nearby pioneer cemetery. Visitors to the park can also enjoy hiking and biking, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, beachcombing and camping. There is a great campground with enormous, shaded campsites and amenities including water spigots, vault toilets and showers. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, 541-332-2973, OregonStateParks.org/park_62.php Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Rising majestically from the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean about 6 mi. south of Port Orford, Humbug Mountain is a massive headland visible from miles away, both to the north and the south. Heavily forested (much of it old growth) and offering a variety of scenic hiking trails, it is the centerpiece of Humbug Mountain State Park and the tallest mountain directly on the Oregon coast. Abundant flora and fauna provide a lush environment and excellent wildlife viewing. It also has some of the warmest weather on the Oregon coast. Although hiking is the most popular activity in the park, you can also enjoy windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing in creeks, and exploring rich tide pools and sea lion caves, among other recreational activities. Children will have the chance to enjoy evening presentations and Junior Ranger activities that run from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A campground along Brush Creek in Humbug Canyon offers 95 developed campsites for overnight stays, although the park is also open for day use. Humbug Mountain State Park is open year-round, but be prepared for heavy rains during the winter. December and January tend to be the wettest months, and July and August the sunniest. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, 541-332-6774 ext 0, OregonStateParks.org/park_56.php

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490 Dock Rd Port Orford

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oving eastward into Oregon on Hwy 199, you encounter the town of Cave Junction, at the heart of the Hwy 199 corridor. It is located in the basin of the Illinois River Valley and its tributaries, and nestled in the Siskiyou Mountains in the Klamath Range at an elevation of about 1329 ft. Scenic Cave Junction is a center for wine, retirement, tourism and small businesses. There are many shops and other amenities.

Events and Festivals • ONGOING: Art Walk, second Fridays May-August, IRVAC.com, 541-592-4444; Concerts in the Park, Jubilee Park, Thursdays, June-August, 541-592-3326 • JUNE: 10K Moon Tree Run, 541-592-4888; Hathkapasuta River Fest, 541-291-8860; Hope Mountain Barter Faire, HopeMountainBarterFaire.org; Classic & Antique Car Show, 541-596-2104 • JULY: Siskiyou Bluegrass Festival, SiskiyouBluegrassFestival.com • SEPTEMBER: Lion’s Labor Day Festival & Parade, 541-659-1074 or 541-597-4486; Illinois Valley Farm & Garden Festival, 541-592-3642; Grape Stomp, 541-592-3326 • OCTOBER: Artoberfest in Kerby, 541-659-3858

Oregon Caves National Monument, NPS.gov

Activities in the Area • Explore Oregon Caves National Monumment, see next page • Hike, fish, raft, swim, camp or hunt on public lands, Info: Forest Service office, 541-592-4000 • Illinois Valley Golf Course, north edge of Cave Junction • Bigelow Lakes, 15 mi. east of Cave Junction • The Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside, 5 mi. south of Cave Junction on Hwy 199 • Illinois River Forks State Park, 800-551-6949 • Grayback Interpretive Area • Kalmiopsis Wilderness at Babyfoot Lake • Siskiyou Smokejumper Museum • Rusk Ranch Nature Center, 541-287-2164 MORE INFO: Illinois River Valley Visitors Center, 541-592-4076; Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce, 541-592-3326, CaveJunctionOregon.com OregonCavesChateau.com

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The Chateau at the Oregon Caves

Visiting the Chateau at the Oregon Caves is like traveling back to the 1930s. It’s also an opportunity to experience an architectural masterpiece in a setting of natural splendor. Built entirely from local materials by local workmen, the rustic six-story structure spans a gorge in a marble canyon. Part of the same stream that runs through the caves flows through a replicated stream bed in the dining room of the Chateau — a groundbreaking innovation by the designer, Gust Liam, that predates Frank Lloyd Wright’s first use of an interior stream by three years! Liam, who was an unheralded local contractor, is now considered one of the pioneers of environmental architecture. The lobby is large and cave-like, with a huge double fireplace constructed from marble. There are enormous exposed wood beams supported by 30-inch diameter log posts. The exterior of the building is covered with its original siding of shaggy Port Orford-cedar bark. Outside the diner-style coffee shop, a rock waterfall cascades into a trout pond. The coffee shop was completed in 1937, and still has its original birch and maple counters and knotty-pine paneling. Throughout the lodge, in fact, much of the arts-and-crafts furniture is original, and still in excellent condition. This is one of the most remarkable places anyone could hope to stay in. It is an American treasure, and on the National Register of Historic Places. The Chateau is open from early May through the end of October. WHERE: 20000 Caves Hwy, Cave Junction MORE INFO: 541-592-3400, 877-245-9022, OregonCavesChateau.com 38 Southern Oregon • 101Things.com

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Aboveground, the Oregon Caves National Monument appears much like many other outdoor areas in Southern Oregon, with delightful scenery and enticing trails meandering through beautiful forestland. Below the earth’s surface, however, lies the vast system of caverns and caves that give the national monument its name, and attract thousands of visitors every year. These beautiful marble passages and chambers mystify visitors. Take a guided tour of the caves, and learn about this diverse geological area from experienced ranger-naturalists. Kids can participate in the Junior Ranger program in the summer months and learn to share the responsibilities of preserving and protecting the Monument. The park offers many family-focused opportunities. Take a hike on one of the scenic trails, or if visiting in the winter, snowshoe through the beautiful Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest. The Oregon Caves National Monument is open year-round for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and snowshoeing. Tours of the caves are operated on a seasonal basis from late April through early November. The Oregon Caves National Monument is the perfect place for young and old to get a chance to explore and discover underground caves, and experience ancient forests. WHERE: Oregon Caves Visitor Center, 19000 Caves Hwy., Cave Junction; Oregon Caves National Monument, 20 mi. east of Cave Junction on Hwy 46 MORE INFO: 541-592-2100, www.nps.gov/orca

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Cave Junction Out’n’About Treehouse Ziplines Treesort

Have you ever imagined being Peter Pan? Having the ability to fly throughout your forest home of Neverland and defy age by not growing old? Dashing through the air from treetop to treetop? Playing in an enchanted forest full of surprises around every corner? Well here is a happy thought: you may be able to fulfill this fantasy in Cave Junction, Oregon — with no fairy dust required! Out’n’About Treehouse Treesort offers visitors a veritable treetop wonderland with tree houses, platforms, child-sized forts, swings and ziplines. Located on 36 acres adjacent to the Siskiyou National Forest, the treesort is a delightful place where you can forget about your worries and enjoy time spent relaxing among the trees. There are TreehouseZiplines.com also a fresh water swimming pool, performance stages, a campfire site, barbecues and horses, all on the ground. For the more adventurous, the ziplines are the way to go. With over a mile of cable spread at different heights and lengths throughout the trees, the ziplines are an experience not to be missed. Under the watchful eye of experienced guides, participants are able to dash from tree to tree. Feel the exhilaration of flight as you travel from platform to platform at speeds up to 40 mi. per hour, or try the outrageous Tarzan Swing! This is definitely an experience for the young at heart. Out’n’About is also home to The Treehouse Institute, devoted to providing basic engineering, design and construction methods for building treehouses. It is kind of like summer camp for the whole family, with courses designed to include everyone in the fun and enjoyment. WHERE: 300 Page Creek Rd., Cave Junction MORE INFO: 541-592-2208, Treehouses.com

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Vertical Horizons Tree House Paradise

Vertical Horizons Tree House Paradise is not your average bed and breakfast. Guests actually stay in tree houses, each unique in design. A stay among the trees at Vertical Horizons is a thrill on its own, but the Bed & Breakfast is also located in a beautiful location just off Hwy 199, near the redwood forest and the gorgeous coastline. It offers all manner of opportunities for nature lovers to take in the scenery or embark on their own adventures. This little piece of paradise is quiet and peaceful and open year-round. “Nesting packages” are available November through February. Breakfasts are prepared by the host — a gourmet cook — using fresh, organic fruit and wholesome products, most locally grown. There is plenty of parking for special events, and catering is also available. Guest accommodations include gas barbecue grill, disc golf course, volleyball, craft activities, catch and release fishing and technical tree-climbing adventures! The disc golf course is open to all; bring your own discs, as Vertical Horizons only provides discs for guests. WHERE: 3305 Dick George Rd., Cave Junction MORE INFO: 541-592-4751, TreeHouseParadise.com

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Escape the hustle of modern life with a stay at Grayback Campground. Located TreeHouseParadise.com on Hwy 46 (Caves Hwy), just 8 mi. northwest of Oregon Caves National Monument and 12 mi. east of Cave Junction, Grayback offers 39 campsites (tent-sites) with picnic tables and fire pits, available on a first come, first served basis. Drinking water, vault toilets, garbage disposal and a campground host are available. There is a 1-mi. interpretive loop trail and a nearby swimming hole. The west campground boundary is historic Sucker Creek, where one of the first gold strikes in Oregon was located. A smaller campground, Cave Creek, is located closer to Oregon Caves National Monument but offers fewer amenities. Camping fees at Grayback are modest, and day use is free. Maximum vehicle length for parking is 35 ft. WHERE: 11133 Hwy 46, Cave Junction MORE INFO: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Wild Rivers Ranger District, 541-592-4000

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If you need a break from driving, or just some respite from the daily grind, check out one of the delightful picnic areas here where the east and west forks of the Illinois River meet. Stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery. Keep your eyes peeled and explore the unique geological features, rare plants and beautiful animals that live in this park. There are many fantastic fishing holes and spots along the banks of both branches of the river to fish from. Or if you prefer, you can strap on your binoculars and watch the wonderful birds that inhabit the forest and river’s edge. You’ll need to bring your own drinking water, but there are portable toilets. The park is open year-round for day use. There is no fee. WHERE: 1 mi. south of Cave Junction, just off Hwy 199. Follow the frontage road to the park entrance. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, OregonStateParks.org/park_103.php

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Southern Oregon’s Wildest Attraction “a unique experience”

Great Cats World Park

Few animals combine power and grace like the great cats. These enormous predators are as beautiful as they are dangerous. Great Cats World Park allows you to watch as trainers work with the animals to bring out their natural predatory behavior. The park is home to one of the largest and most varied collections of wild and exotic cats on the West Coast. The athletic abilities of the more than 40 cats from 17 different species represented at the park will mesmerize you. They will teach you about the different instincts and behaviors that the cats possess and display. Every day there are demonstrations. See tigers and lions, caracals, servals and leopards, along with many others. Snow leopards, lynx and ocelots roam re-created habitats like royalty of the wilderness. Craig Wagner, the park’s director, has worked with cats for movies, magazines and much more. Visitors are encouraged to talk with and ask questions of the knowledgeable trainers. This park is educational and fun, and will delight the imaginations of children and adults. WHERE: 27919 Redwood Hwy, Cave Junction MORE INFO: 541-592-2957, GreatCatsWorldPark.com

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INLAND CORRIDOR ~ HWY 199 ~ Kerby, OR

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elcome to Kerby, a historic town situated along the wild Illinois River and surrounded by the forested splendor of the Siskiyou Mountains. The town of Kerby was the Josephine County seat in the mid-to-late 19th century, and the center of commerce in the heyday of the region’s gold mining past. Today Kerby serves as a hub of creative energy, filled with artists and artisans who are inspired by the area’s natural beauty, wealth of resources, and unique botanical and geological character. There is something homegrown or handcrafted behind nearly every door in Kerby. You will find beautiful handmade fine jewelry, custom cut semi-precious stones and beads, organically grown produce and finely crafted furniture and carvings from local and exotic woods. The art gallery of the Southern Oregon Guild showcases the work of over 50 local and regional artists. Its constantly changing collection of functional and fine arts ranges from a delightful variety of wall art and ceramics to woodwork, dolls and wearable fiber art.

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Kerbyville Museum & History Center

They examine spinning wheels, make authentic-styled pioneer rag dolls and learn about the rigors of pioneer life, like how to scrub clothing on a washboard or hammer a horseshoe. During the summer they come back to pan for gold, right in the front yard. Call ahead before visiting; hours vary according to the availability of volunteers. WHERE: 24195 Redwood Hwy 199, Kerby MORE INFO: 541-592-5252, visit them on Facebook Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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CRYSTAL KALEIDOSCOPE

The Largest Rock Shop in Southern Oregon

Fantastic Selection at Great Prices Stones • Fossils • Beads • Jewelry • Crystal Books • Kaleidoscopes • Gifts • Music

Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year

Open 7 Days a Week 18435 Redwood Hwy (Hwy 199) Selma, OR 97538 (541) 597-4300

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elma is the gateway to Southern Oregon’s wild and scenic Illinois River and the vast Kalmiopsis Wilderness, which stretches 60 mi. westward through the mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The town businesses and services are located along a half mile stretch on both sides of Redwood Hwy 199, in a rustic setting surrounded by trees and mountains.

Activities in the Area

• Hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, camping • Kerby Peak Trail • Swimming, camping, low elevation hikes and whitewater rafting at nationally designated Wild and Scenic Illinois River • Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area south of Selma off of Hwy 199. The 19-mi. gravel road leading up the mountain delivers spectacular panoramas of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and allows access to several trailheads. The area is noted for its rare wildflowers.

Events and Festivals • JUNE: Kids’ Fishing Derby, 541-592-3326 • JULY: Lake Selmac Fly Float, 541-592-3326; Siskiyou Bluegrass Festival, SiskiyouBluegrassFestival.com

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rants Pass is beautifully situated on the Rogue River, which runs through its heart and provides recreation and inspiration to all. The convergence of Hwys 99, 199 and I-5 at Grants Pass plus proximity to Hwys 234 and 62 make this city a great base for exploring Crater Lake, Oregon Caves National Monument, Redwood National Park, the Oregon coast, Siskiyou National Forest and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Spend time in Grants Pass to explore the scenic wineries, fine dining, craft breweries, unique shops, hiking and cycling trails and the downtown historic district. Stop in at one of their two Visitor Centers: Downtown Welcome Center, 198 SW 6th St. and Grants Pass Visitors Bureau, 1995 Vine St.

Events and Festivals

Activities in the Area

• ONGOING: First Friday Live (Art, Music, Food); • Wine tasting and picnicing at Troon Saturday Grower’s Market Vineyard, see page 2, TroonVineyard.com • FEBRUARY: Black, White & the Blues, art auction & dance party • Fine dining, wineries and craft breweries, unique restaurants and • MAY: Boatnik event with fireworks, parades, boat specialty shops races and carnival rides • JULY: Back to the Fifties & Fabulous Fifties Car Show • Fishing, boating, waterskiing and swimming; several city parks offer boat • OCTOBER: Art Along the Rogue ramps; camping and RV facilities are • DECEMBER: Rogue Winterfest, Christmas Parade available MORE INFO: TravelGrantsPass.com

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Visiting a local community market like the Grants Pass Growers’ Market is a great way to get to know the area. It is your opportunity to meet local farmers, artists and craftspeople while at the same time mingling with local residents. From A to Z, enjoy locally produced fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, jewelry, furniture, arts and crafts. Tickle your taste buds with vendor samples or feed your inner hungry bear with wood-fired pizza, authentic tamales, fresh (made at market) donuts, cupcakes or artisan baked breads and goodies. Spicy and savory patrons can dip into unique salsas and award winning mustards. Shopping at Growers’ Market is a memorable experience with a sense of place, tradition and identity. Come home with a product or gift that reflects the quality associated with small-scale handcrafts and reminiscent of ages gone by. Talking to the people that actually produce the products at the Grants Pass Growers’ Market is the hallmark of the market, “We make what we sell.” Authenticity is on display every Saturday in Grants Pass and is a truly unique shopping experience. WHERE: SUMMER SEASON is every Saturday from mid-March through October, 9am to 1pm, 4th and F St., behind the downtown post office. Go early for best selection. WINTER SEASON Growers’ Market is pleased to announce their third year at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, from November 5, 2016 until March 11, 2017, 9am to 1pm, every Saturday EXCEPT November 26, and December 24 and 31, 2016 when they will be closed for the holidays. MORE INFO: 541-816-1144, GrowersMarket.org, marketmanager@growersmarket.org

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From the local to the international, Grants Pass Museum of Art provides impressive exhibitions of fine art for your enjoyment. Exhibitions change every six to eight weeks. A variety of media may be represented, including sculpture, art quilts, paintings and drawings. The Museum hosts several art events every year including the art auction and dance party, Black, White & the Blues in February. Open Studios, where you can visit local artist studios, is held in September. The 2nd Friday of each month is a poetry evening. Art classes are taught for both kids and adults and figure drawing sessions are available on a regular basis. Gallery One, featuring the art of 65 local artists, is on the street level. The Museum is upstairs (elevator available). Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9pm. Admission is free. WHERE: 229 SW G St., Grants Pass MORE INFO: 541-479-3290, GPMuseum.com

Grants Pass Museum of Art

Regional to International Exhibitions

229 SW G Street, Grants Pass 541-479-3290, Tues– Sat 10 –5

Find Over 60 Local Artists

Started in 1998 by Lee Wassink, Nathan Sheafor and Butch Kreuzer, The Glass Forge quickly became the “hot spot” of Grants Pass. When entering the 5,000 sq.ft. gallery GPMuseum.com and studio, viewers can almost touch the molten glass. The furnace that holds 300 pounds of molten glass is always on and running at 2000 F degrees. The blowers take their blowpipes and dip them into the glass, getting an apple-sized gather on the end. After adding color and manipulating the glass with tools whose designs date back two thousand years, the glass takes shape. The piece then must be slowly cooled in a kiln-like oven. The gallery has bowls and vases, sculptures and pendant lights. If you don’t see what you like, you can have it made specifically for you, sometimes even on the same day. Tours are more than welcome, and the only requirement is to call ahead with groups of 10 or more. Kids are also welcome to come and watch this ancient craft. The studio is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. You can watch glass blowing demonstrations Monday through Friday from 8am to 4-ish pm, and most Saturdays (call ahead). Closed Sundays. On the first Friday of every month, Grants Pass has an Art Walk and the artists of The Glass Forge have the chance to show off their craft from 6 to 9pm. WHERE: 501 SW G St., Grants Pass MORE INFO: 541-955-0815, GlassForge.com GlassForge.com

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One Christmas long ago Cary’s wife’s grandfather surprised them with his special recipe for English toffee and the old marble slab he made it on. Making toffee quickly became part of their family’s holiday tradition. Today Cary’s makes over 175,000 lbs. of toffee per year, and much of the candy making process is still done by hand. You can stop by the store and watch a video of the process from beginning to end. Cary’s Toffee comes in nine mouth-watering flavors. Their products are all natural, gluten-free, kosher certified and contain NO corn syrup or peanuts. Cary’s of Oregon is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday, 10am to 2pm. WHERE: 413 Union Ave., Grants Pass MORE INFO: 541-474-0030 or 888-822-9300, CarysOfOregon.com

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WILD RIVER PUB & PUBLICK HOUSE half block away, 533 Northeast “F” St. 541-474-4456 • www.wildriverbrewing.com

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Fish From Your Front Yard!

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Amaze the entire family, and book the Northwest’s #1 River Trip, on Hellgate Jetboat Excursions! Operating since 1959, Hellgate is conveniently located five minutes from I-5 in Grants Pass, so stop and make a memory of a lifetime. Hellgate Jetboat Excursions sees over 70,000 visitors a season from all over the world, and is a favorite annual trip for many. Experience our famous 360 spins and enjoy whitewater on a whole new level as you jet inches above the water’s surface. The guided tours offer adventure, history, wildlife, and a one of a

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Built in 1924, The Weasku Historic Lodge sits in grandeur along the banks of the scenic Rogue River. It was a vacation retreat to many Hollywood personalities including Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, President Herbert Hoover and Walt Disney. In 1993 Country House Inns purchased the Weasku Inn, restoring the lodge and grounds. Today the upgraded lodge, in addition to eleven new cabins, await the venturous Oregon traveler. Step back in time, restore yourself and create new beginnings at the wonderful Weasku Inn. “One of the top 25 lodges in the United States” —Travel & Leisure magazine

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kind experience on the Rogue River’s Wild and Scenic portion, fun for all ages. The 36 mile round trip journey, starting in Grants Pass, takes you downriver through the jaws of the spectacular, historic Hellgate Canyon with its 250 ft. rock walls and 100 ft. water depth. Wildlife viewing also creates great photo opportunities of deer, great blue heron and bald eagles. Rated 5 stars on Tripadvisor, you won’t be disappointed. Choose from five different trips starting at just $42: Whitewater Adventure, Quick and Scenic, Champagne Brunch, Lunch or Dinner trip. Reservations are highly recommended. Call or visit our website to book your trip today! WHERE: 966 Southwest 6th St., Grants Pass MORE INFO: 800-648-4874, Hellgate.com

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This visually arresting backcountry drive follows the Rogue River and crosses the majestic mountain wilderness of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. It is the only route to the Oregon coast from I-5 between the California-Oregon border and the Rogue. From spectacular vistas of the Rogue River’s rugged canyons, over the 4,600 foot summit at Bear Camp Overlook, and on past Agness to Gold Beach, travelers are rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views of unspoiled beauty in the Western United States. The road is one lane wide in places and often steep and winding, with turnouts and occasional graveled stretches where the paved surface has been repaired. From the beginning of November to the end of May it is closed because of snow. During the summer, however, it is a popular route, particularly with local residents. If you are from out of town, the drive is a once in a lifetime experience. Be sure to bring along a camera. It is about 87 mi. from Grants Pass to Gold Beach along this route, with an estimated drive time of a little over 3 hours. WHERE: Take I-5 north from Grants Pass to the Merlin exit (#61) and follow Merlin/ Galice Rd. to Galice Creek Rd. Here you can take a stunning but little known side trip by continuing north on the Merlin/Galice Road for 8 more miles of magnificent river and canyon views to Grave Creek Bridge, or you can turn west at the juncture onto Galice Creek Rd. and continue your journey to the coast. After about 2 miles Galice Creek Rd. Becomes BLM Rd. 34-8-36. Follow it another 10 miles to Bear Camp Rd (NF-23) and continue along NF-23 for about 24.5 mi. to Agness Road (NF-33). Follow Agness Rd. about 19 miles until it runs into Jerrys Flat Road, and take that for the final 10 miles into Gold Beach. MORE INFO: For road conditions call Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Wild Rivers Ranger District, Grants Pass, at 541-471-6500.

The beautiful Rogue River is one of Oregon’s true treasures, and Valley of the Rogue State Park is a great place to stop and experience it. The park is conveniently located just off I-5, and has a day-use picnic area and an overnight campground along 3 mi. of Rogue River shoreline. Launch a boat and spend the day on the water. Spend an afternoon fishing, drifting down the river, or keep your feet firmly planted on dry land as you cast a line and enjoy a lovely day. Take a relaxing stroll along the river, or ride the bicycle trails that crisscross the park. Camp and play right at the park, or use the campground as a place to stay while exploring all that the area has to offer. The campground is well-developed with full hookup sites, sites with electricity and water, tent sites, yurts, flush toilets, hot showers, laundry facilities and much more. Accessible to campers with disabilities. WHERE: located about 10 mi. south of Grants Pass off Exit 45B on I-5 MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, OregonStateParks.org/park_109.php 46 Southern Oregon • 101Things.com

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he quaint community of Merlin is a delightful jumping off point for river rafting and fishing adventures that will take you through some of the most beautiful and exciting portions of the Rogue River. Much of the river’s charm lies in its thrilling whitewater stretches, which alternate with mild ripples and placid pools. It offers conditions suitable for the beginner, and challenges appropriate for the veteran rafter. Experienced local guides and rafting companies are available to assist visitors with their river adventure. The journey down the river is framed with dramatic canyons (Hellgate Canyon being the most famous) and hillsides covered with old growth Douglas-firs mixed with Jerry’s Rogue Jets on Rogue River, Jerrys deciduous trees that together create a RogueJets.com, photo by Gregg Gardiner perfect wildlife habitat. Otter, beaver, deer, black bear and cougar all call the area home. Great blue heron, osprey, bald eagles, mallards, wood ducks and wild turkeys are just a sampling of the birds that thrive in the area. The town of Merlin provides a wide range of services for travelers, from a fly fishing shop to a beauty shop to restaurants, a gas station, grocery store, post office and bank. Plus, there is a Wi-Fi coffee shop to keep you in touch with the rest of the world while you experience the warm hospitality of some of Southern Oregon’s most friendly people. Just seven miles from downtown Merlin is Indian Mary Park. Located on the banks of the Rogue, it is probably Josephine County’s most popular picnic, camping and boat launching facility. Experience nature while you experience hospitality in beautiful Merlin.

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The guidebooks call the trail that leads to Rainie Falls a moderate hike, but if you’re in decent shape, odds are you’ll find it pretty easy and well worth the effort. The scenery is spectacular, with great views of the Wild Rogue River plunging through a steep, rocky canyon and Rainie Falls at the end. Lots of wildlife, too. The hike is just under 2 mi. each way, with an elevation gain of about 400 Rainie Falls Trail, TravelGrantsPass.com ft., but no steep hills. The entire trek, out and back, takes about 4 hours. The trail is in good condition overall, but gets narrow and rocky in places. Dogs are welcome but should be kept on a leash. At the end of the hike is Rainie Falls. These are low, block-style falls — more like big rapids than typical waterfalls. It’s a great place to stop and have a snack, fish, or watch the salmon and steelhead leaping the falls (October-November), or rafters and kayakers riding down them. WHERE: Take Galice Rd. north from Merlin for 22 mi. to Graves Creek Bridge. The trailhead is on the west side of the bridge. (WARNING: don’t park right next to the rock wall — falling rocks may land on your car!) If you’d rather take it easy, you can drive across Graves Creek Bridge and head west (turn left) along Mt. Reuben Road (BLM 34-8-1) for 1.3 mi. to the Rainie Falls Overlook. It will be on your left. MORE INFO: BLM Medford District Office, 541-618-2200

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The Rogue River has a welldeserved reputation as one of the most beautiful rivers on the West Coast, and probably the most exciting way to see and experience it is by raft. Merlin is the perfect departure point for this incredible river adventure. Your rafting journey will take you through the Rogue River’s most beautiful and scenic parts. There are many recreational sections to play in. Trips are available up to 40 mi. long through the “Wild and Scenic” stretch. A pioneer in this field, Orange Torpedo Trips provides a rafting experience that is both family-friendly and adventurous enough for the most eager thrill seeker. As the first rafting company to lead guests down the river in inflatable kayaks, they are experts in this form of river-running. Orange Torpedo Trips has been providing whitewater rafting adventures on the Rogue River and Klamath River (among others) for over four decades. For the adventurous, their customized, time-tested guiding style gives you the opportunity to learn how to paddle your own inflatable kayak down the famous rivers of the Northwest. If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, then ride an oared or paddle raft with one of their friendly guides. Their ability to cater to the different levels of excitement each individual desires allows them to create a great whitewater rafting vacation for just about anyone. Orange Torpedo Trips offers options ranging from day trips to overnight adventures of two to four days that cover nearly 40 mi. by river. You may choose to camp out under the

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stars, stay in historic wilderness lodges, or combine one or two nights of camping with a night of lodging. With a stopover in a rustic wilderness accessible only by water or by trail, this is an incredible experience. Check with Orange Torpedo Trips to make sure you plan the trip that’s right for you. WHERE: 210 Merlin Rd., Merlin MORE INFO: 800-635-2925, OrangeTorpedo.com

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Just when you think you’ve figured out how things work, you stumble onto a place like the House of Mystery. It is claimed it is a unique “vortex,” and that no one standing there stands up straight. They say that all who visit seem to subconsciously incline their postures toward magnetic north, that perspectives are thrown off, and that everything people see seems unbelievable. Seeing really isn’t believing at this remarkable location. The House of Mystery is more than OregonVortex.com 100 years old and was once used as an assay office where precious metals were evaluated. The story of the Oregon Vortex goes back even further: Native Americans apparently first noticed the inexplicable happenings and named the area “Forbidden Ground.” It was not until relatively recently that scientists have observed and recorded data attempting to explain the astounding anomalies that people see and experience while visiting this mysterious place. Be amazed as things appear to tilt, teeter, grow, and change right before your eyes, throwing off your ability to separate the real from the surreal. Are these merely incredibly bizarre optical illusions — or something much more mysterious? WHERE: 4303 Sardine Creek L Fork Rd., Gold Hill More info: 541-855-1543, OregonVortex.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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• ZipLining (see next page), hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, photography, swimming and sunbathing • House of Mystery, The Oregon Vortex, see ad below • Gold Hill Regional Park, the Gold Hill Family Beach Park and the Gold Nugget County To Upper Recreation area Klamath Lake, • The Gold Klamath Hill Sports FallsPark with a boat launch, covered picnic area, disc golf course, tennis and basketball courts, and the world-famous Rogue River • Gold Hill Historical Society Museum, 541-855-1182 • Valley of the Rogue State Park between Gold Hill and Rogue River • Palmerton Arboretum in Rogue River, collection of specimen trees and access to Evans Creek • The Woodville Museum in Rogue River, notable collection of pioneer artifacts, 541-582-3088 MORE INFO: ci.goldhill.or.us

Events and Festivals • JUNE: Gold Dust Days, parade, antique car show, music and more, Gold Hill; National Rooster Crowing Contest, weekend festivities, crowing contest, parade and car show, Rogue River • JULY or AUGUST: King of the Rogue, the ultimate raft/kayak/SUP whitewater race, Gold Hill • SEPTEMBER: Ride the Rogue, a bicycle ride to raise funds for the Rogue River Recreational Corridor & Greenway, Rogue River

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This thrilling ROGUE VALLEY ZIPLINE ADVENTURE will take you high above the Rogue Valley as you soar through over 2,700 ft. of Zip on their five-Zipline course. Did you know they have the most THRILLING ZIPLINE in the Pacific Northwest? After being geared up in your five-point harness, your adventure begins with a refreshing mountainside hike to their beginner ZIPLINE. Certified RV ZIPLINE guides will familiarize you with what you need to know about the ZIPLINE rules and recommendations and assign you a fun nickname. Your knowledgeable guides will enlighten you with interesting Rogue Valley facts while hiking your way from ZIP to ZIP. After viewing the amazing scenery and visible landmarks from above the treetops, for example, Crater Lake Rim, Mt. McLaughlin, Mt. Thielson and the Table Rocks, you will take your fifth and final ZIP on the most THRILLING ZIPLINE in the Pacific Northwest. Finish the tour with reflections in their miniature Gold Mining Town “Kane Creek Canyon.” It’s a great place for one last photo opportunity before you reluctantly head back to reality via their 4x4 shuttle van. Ask about their summertime Zip, Dip & Sip Tour. By teaming up with Rogue Rafting Company, Laurel Hill Golf Course and Del Rio Vineyards, they’re able to offer ZipLining, lunch, rafting and wine tasting for a day-long adventure you will not forget. Fly high, get wet, then relax and reminisce. Advanced reservations are recommended. This tour operates in the Summer season and fills up fast! WHERE: Regular ZipLine Tour Shuttle is located at the Laurel Hill Golf Course off of I-5, Gold Hill (Exit 40), 9450 Old Stage Rd., Central Point, OR 97502 (Zip, Dip & Sip Tour Shuttle different location) MORE INFO: 541-821-ZIPN (9476), RVZipLine.com ***RESERVATIONS REQUIRED***

Amazing Family Experience!

About 10 mi. northeast of Medford are two eye-catching buttes,Upper and Lower Table Rock. They are composed of sandstone with erosion-resistant lava caps that were deposited during an ancient Cascade eruption. Over the years, wind and water erosion wore away the exposed sandstone but not the capstone, leaving nearly vertical slabs. Their names come from their locations — Lower Table Rock is downriver from Upper Table Rock.

Just off Interstate 5 Between Medford & Grants Pass Experience views from above the rogue valley, while certified ZipLine guides take you on a 3 hour guided tour. You will Zip on 5 ZipLines equalling over 2700 feet of zip. Open year round (weather permitting)

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More than 140 kinds of plants occur in the area, creating an exquisite wildflower display that reaches its zenith in April. There are abundant lichens and mosses that grow on the lava, painting the black basalt with luxuriant greens and fluorescent yellows during the wetter months. The 2-mi. trail to the top of the horseshoe-shaped Lower Table Rock is a hikers’ treat. Be sure to look for the “mima mounds” or “patterned ground” that distinguishes the surface of the butte. How the mounds were formed is still a matter of scientific debate. The trail up Upper Table Rock is a little over a mile and steep. It’s sticky and slippery in the wet season, but affords wonderful vistas of the Rogue River and Sams Valley to the north. There are two benches along the way — perfect places to stop, rest and savor the view. WHERE: From Interstate 5, take Exit #33 at Central Point. Head east on East Pine Street for 1 mi. Turn north (left) on Table Rock Road. Drive 5.3 mi. to Modoc Road for Upper Table Rock; drive 8 mi. to Wheeler Road for Lower Table Rock. MORE INFO: 541-618-2200, BLM.gov/or/resources/recreation/tablerock Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Map Key 1 Brookside Inn & Suites

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2 Butte Creek Mill, Country Store & Antique Gallery

9 • Historic Prospect Hotel, Bed & Breakfast and Dinner House • Prospect Store

3 Oregon Bee Store 4 Alpacas at Lone Ranch 5 Edgewater Inn 6 • Rogue River RV Park

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.For a terrific family outing, experience these gentle, mystical animals up close.

Then visit our ranch store for unique alpaca products: yarn spun from the fleece of our alpacas, socks, sweaters, hats and scarves, and much more.

Tours by appointment 541-821-8071 conveniently located off Hwy 234 between Eagle Point and Shady Cove 52 Southern Oregon • 101Things.com

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Alpacas at Lone Ranch

Tours are by appointment only and well worth the trip at Alpacas at Lone Ranch, located off Hwy 234 between Eagle Point and Shady Cove. Remember that alpaca sweater you saw in a store? How would you like to have a close look at the animals that grew the fleece that turned into the yarn that made that sweater? Owners Richard and Renate Gyuro maintain a herd of about 30 of these unique animals. For a terrific family outing, you can experience these gentle, mystical animals by walking in their pastures and getting your hands into their fleece. Designated public relaphoto by Renate Gyuro, AlpacasOnTheWeb.com tions alpaca Kimaree makes it her job to ensure a memorable experience. You are guaranteed to fall in love with her. Learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about alpacas. Your tour concludes at the Alpaca Store, where you will be able to put your hands into a bag of raw fleece and learn about the process of turning it into yarn. This stop is a must for all fiber enthusiasts, especially knitters and spinners. You will also have a chance to buy that sweater you’ve always wanted. Private overnight accommodations for up to four are available. WHERE: 13856 Weowna Way, White City, OR 97503 MORE INFO: 541-821-8071, AlpacasOnTheWeb.com Tours by appointment only. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


Eagle Point

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Events and Festivals

INLAND CORRIDOR ~ HWY 62 ~ Eagle Point, White City

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n the early 1850s, before it was even a town, Eagle Point was a center of agricultural production for much of the Rogue Valley. By 1872 it had acquired a post office, a grist mill, and its name, after a nearby rocky cliff where eagles nested. The mill became the economic hub of the area, and roads leading to it were lined with wagons loaded with grain waiting to be ground into flour. With the arrival of the railroad in the early 1900s, Eagle Point’s commercial district was established and included hotels, a livery stable, a blacksmith shop, and various saloons and dance halls. Fast forward to today, and Eagle Point remains surrounded by the lush fields of cattle and horse ranches and farms. Its population continues to grow, but the city retains its small town flavor. Eagle Point residents have gone to great lengths to preserve their history. The grist mill, located on Butte Creek, was placed on the National Register for Historic Buildings in 1976, and has been a popular tourist attraction. It was destroyed by fire early Christmas morning in 2015, but the town has rallied and is making good progress raising funds to rebuild it. A covered bridge built in 1922 was relocated from Antelope Creek to Little Butte Creek in 1987, and is used today by school children, and the old Long Mountain Schoolhouse, built in 1925, has become the Eagle Point Historical Museum. The town is also home to a nationally recognized golf course and the Eagle Point National Cemetery. Eagle Point is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Lakes.” Within an hour’s drive you’ll find Crater Lake, Lost Creek Lake, Diamond Lake, Willow Lake, Fish Lake, Lake of the Woods, Fourmile Lake and Upper Klamath Lake. Within the area circumscribed by those lakes lies the gorgeous Rogue River and its tributaries, and recreational activities that include phenomenal hiking, boating, rafting, waterfall exploring and fishing. MORE INFO: 541-826-6945, EaglePointChamber.com

• APRIL: Easter Egg Hunt • MAY: Memorial Day Parade, Vintage Faire • JUNE: Annual Eagle Point Cycling Challenge • JULY: 4th of July parade/ fireworks • AUGUST: Annual Street Dance • SEPTEMBER: Little Butte Creek Harnish Wayside Park, CityOfEaglePoint.org Watershed Festival • OCTOBER: Harvest Festival • NOVEMBER: Veteran’s Day ceremony/parade • DECEMBER: Old Fashioned Christmas (Old Wood House) MORE INFO: 541-826-4212, CityOfEaglePoint.org; 541-944-6925, EaglePointChamber.org

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oughly 6 mi. from I-5 in Medford along Hwy. 62 lies White City, a town that grew from Camp George A. White, a World War II training camp in the Agate Desert. Today the Camp White hospital buildings remain and have been converted to a VA rehabilitation center and clinics, and much of Agate Desert (really a prairie and not a desert) has been preserved as the Nature Conservancy’s Agate Desert Preserve. The preserve is home to shallow vernal pools which contain a rare species of fairy shrimp, and is the only place in the world where the big-flowered woolly meadowfoam is known to grow. Other nearby natural attractions include the Kenneth Denman Wildlife Area and Agate Lake County Park.

Activities in the Area • White City’s Jackson County Sports Park is home to the Southern Oregon Speedway’s 1/3 mi. oval dirt track, a 1/4 mi. drag strip, a go-kart track, public shooting and archery ranges, a ballfield complex, and fishing ranges

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• Camp White Military Museum is open to the public weekdays 10am-3pm Mon-Fri, free admission

Activities in the Area • Eagle Point Golf Course • Fishing, hiking, biking, camping • Eagle Point Museum • Numerous parks and miles of walking paths • Harnish Wayside Park & Visitor Center • Scenic drives, covered bridges

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Agate Lake

A beautiful and popular recreational destination just outside of White City, Agate Lake County Park is 216 acres of natural beauty that include 3 mi. of lake frontage. It is perfect for fishing, swimming, picnicking, agate hunting or just taking in the view of Mt. McLoughlin while enjoying a peaceful day by the lake. Black-tailed deer can be found here, and over 190 species of birds have been spotted around the lake. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish, yellow perch and crappie all thrive in the lake, which is stocked with legal and trophy-sized trout every year. Amenities include a boat ramp for non-motorized and electric motor boats only, and concrete vault restrooms. There is no parking fee. WHERE: Off Highway 140, about 5 mi. east of White City MORE INFO: 541-774-8183 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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INLAND CORRIDOR ~ HWY 62 62,~OR Eagle Point, OR

Eagle Point & Beyond

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Butte Creek Mill Antique Gallery

Adjacent to the soon-to-be-rebuilt Butte Creek Mill & Country Store in Eagle Point is an 1895 cheese factory that has been converted to an antique store. The store offers an incredible collection of antiquities including toys, old-fashioned signs, country store materials and much more. Proprietor Bob Russell brought 14 truck loads of handpicked items from his personal collection of 45 years. He traveled extensively throughout the Northwest specializing in collecting the unusual, including an 8-ft. wooden barber pole he hauled home at the age of 11. Step back in time while browsing through lots of old drug store memorabilia as ButteCreekMill.com well as barber shop collectables. A massive 1880’s oak saloon back bar, from Placerville, CA, is complimented by a classic Wurlitzer jukebox. A 12-ft. bean counter came from an old store on SE Hawthorne Blvd., and oak cabinets came from a northeast Portland pharmacy. Stop by and stretch your legs along the creek, or explore the Antique Store as if it were a museum, which in a way it is. The Antique Store is open 9am to 5pm daily and is closed on all major holidays. WHERE: 402 N. Royal Ave., Eagle Point MORE INFO: 503-880-2147

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Eagle Point National Veterans Cemetery

Visiting a national cemetery affords an opportunity to walk among headstones that chronicle American history, a chance to remember and honor the nation’s war heroes and a place to say a last farewell to family and friends. National cemeteries in the United States were introduced during the Civil War, near the battlefields, military hospitals and campgrounds of the war. In 1862, legislation was signed authorizing the federal government to purchase ground for use as national cemeteries “for soldiers who shall have died in the service of the country.” Up until then, the dead were hastily buried in fields, churchyards, or close to the hospitals or prison camps where they died. Today, there are 141 national cemeteries in all. Eagle Point National Cemetery is one of three National Cemeteries in the state of Oregon. WHERE: 2763 Riley Rd., Eagle Point MORE INFO: 541-826-2511, Cem.VA.gov/cems/nchp/eaglepoint.asp

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Scenic Route from Eagle Point to Mt. McLoughlin

First-time visitors to Medford and Eagle Point inevitably want to know the name of the cone-shaped mountain that dominates the skyline there so strikingly. It’s Mt. McLoughlin, a volcanic peak in the Cascade Range that rises to an elevation of 9,499 ft. It has a hiking trail leading to the summit, but for the less strenuously inclined there’s an enjoyable alternative, an easy drive of less than an hour to Willow Lake at its foot. En route is the delightful Butte Falls Waterfall, scarcely half a mile out of the way, that offers memorable views of multiple side-by-side cascades. Willow Lake offers year-round cabins and day use amenities, and seasonal yurts and campsites. Amenities in the day use area include restrooms with showers, picnic tables and a swim beach. There is a $4 park entry fee. If you want a closer look at the mountain, from Willow Lake it’s not much further to the Mt. McLoughlin Trailhead. The hike is considered difficult, but the consensus seems to be that it’s fairly easy until the final push to the top. The view from the summit is amazing — on a clear day you can see Crater Lake, Mt. Shasta, Mt. McLoughlin and Willow Lake, Lassen Peak and the Rogue Valley from the JacksonCountyOR.org summit. WHERE: Eagle Point to Butte Falls – From Eagle Point take Hwy 62 north about 4 mi. to Butte Falls Road, turn right, and go about 15.5 mi. to the town of Butte Falls. Just as you enter town take the first left, Falls Road, for about .6 mi. to the parking area next to Butte Falls Waterfall. Butte Falls to Willow Lake – Heading east from the town of Butte Falls, the road changes name to Butte Falls-Fish Lake Road. Follow it for 7.7 mi. to Willow Lake Road, bear right and continue 1.4 mi. to Willow Lake County Park. Willow Lake to Mt. McLoughlin Trailhead – From Willow Lake head back up Willow Lake Road to Butte Falls-Fish Lake Road, turn right and go 10.8 mi to Hwy 140. Turn left onto it and go 3.9 mi. to FS (Forest Service) Rd. 3650, then turn left. It’s only another 2.8 mi. to the trailhead. Please note that FS Rd. 3650 is gravel, and a high clearance vehicle is recommended. Parking at the trailhead is $5/day. The trail is open from late June through the end of September. MORE INFO: Butte Falls – Rogue River National Forest, Butte Falls Ranger District, 541-865-2700 Willow Lake – Jackson County Parks, 541-774-8183 Mt. McLoughlin Trailhead – Fremont-Winema National Forest, Klamath Ranger District, 541-885-3400, 541-883-6714 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


INLAND CORRIDOR ~ HWY 62, Shady Cove, OR

Shady Cove

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t an elevation of 1401 ft., Shady Cove, the “Jewel of the Upper Rogue,” is a gem of a community nestled along the majestic Rogue River. Whether you’re headed to Crater Lake National Park or looking for a rafting or fishing adventure on the Rogue, Shady Cove is a great town to explore. In 1940 Ginger Rogers bought a ranch on Hwy 62, 3 mi. south of Shady Cove. The movie star and dancer known for doing everything Fred Astaire did “only backwards and in high heels” (cartoonist Bob Thaves), lived there for 50 years. No matter what the season, there is something to do in this little haven for outdoor activities, and its friendly businesses cater to your needs. The city of Shady Cove has every service you could want to enhance your vacation experience. Lodging includes a riverside motel, camping, RV parks and cabins. There are also delicious dining opportunities in and around Shady Cove, and to top things off, shopping and browsing are a must at Shady Cove’s unique shops.

Activities in the Area • Year-round activities include whitewater rafting, fishing, boating and excellent wildlife-watching all along the Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway. Waterfalls and great hiking trails are a short drive up the highway. Bring the bikes or take a hike in the springtime through fields of vibrant wildflowers. • Crater Lake National Park is only a 45 minute scenic drive away. In the winter months, you’re just a short ride away from nearby snowmobile parks that offer breathtaking excitement and heart-pounding thrills.

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Events and Festivals

MORE INFO: ShadyCoveChamber.org • MAY: Wild Flower Show, Daffodil Self-Tour • JUNE: Salmon Fever Fishing Derby; Arts, Wines & Microbrews; Alpacas & Accordions

• AUGUST: Hillbilly Jamboree – Timber Carnival • SEPTEMBER: Music in the Mountains • DECEMBER: Deck the Halls Holiday Celebration

Shady Cove, OR and the Upper Rogue visit our website for a calendar of events and River Fest 2017 www.ShadyCoveChamber.org Rafting, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Wine Tasting, Antiques, Shopping, Skiing, Boating, Camping, RV Parks, Motels, Vacation Rentals, Wedding Venues, Waterfalls, Lakes, Rivers, Wildflower Show, Hillbilly Jamboree, Timber Carnival, Scarecrow Contest, River Fest, Music in the Mountains and more..........

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INLAND CORRIDOR ~ HWY 62, Shady Cove, OR

Shady Cove

Casey State Recreation Site, photo by Gregg Gardiner

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Parks Near Shady Cove

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Trail Creek Tavern Museum

Take the time to stop and enjoy the beauty of nature at nearby state recreation areas. Casey State Recreation Site is a day-use area that makes a perfect, relaxing stop off Hwy 62. Have a picnic among the trees. Raft the river or bring along your rod and reel and see if you can snare some salmon, steelhead or trout. Nearby, you can take yourself on a self-guided tour of the Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery, which raises rainbow trout, coho, spring and fall Chinook salmon, and summer and winter steelhead. The viewing room will offer you a look at the spawning area, while the observation deck offers a good view into the collection pond and Chinook salmon holding ponds. Check out trout and steelhead in the display ponds. During authorized seasons, anglers can fish at Hatchery Hole for coho and Chinook. For a longer stay, set up camp at Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area. This site overlooks Lost Creek Reservoir and offers plenty of opportunities to get out on the water. The 10-mi. lake is perfect for fishing, waterskiing and boating. Over 11 mi. of paved hiking trails and bike paths wind their way through forestland thick with large conifer trees, year-round streams and wildlife. The campground offers RV hookups, restrooms and showers, volleyball area, horseshoe pits and many other amenities. Services are offered at the nearby marina and store. MORE INFO: 800-551-6949, OregonStateParks.org

Depending on who you talk to, the old Trail Creek Tavern was the embodiment of a Wild West saloon, complete with fistfights and shootouts, or a watering hole with live music and a clientele that sometimes got a little too rowdy, or a little too loud, or both. In any event the tavern, which opened in 1934 shortly after the end of prohibition, failed to get its license renewed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission at the end of 1996. The following spring the building was purchased by the Upper Rogue Historical Society and converted into a museum. The Trail Creek Tavern Museum is located in the town of Trail, just north of Shady Cove on Hwy 62. Since the museum’s founding, the old Shady Cove Town Hall and Trail Post Office were moved there and added to it. There is a blacksmith’s • Cable TV • RV Supplies shop, which was built by volunteers, and • Wireless • Fishing Decks three acres of outdoor displays, mostly historical logging equipment. Some of the Internet Access • Boat Ramp items date as far back as the 1800s. There • Picnic Tables • Horseshoes is also a picnic area. • Laundry • Group And of course, there’s the fascinating Facilities BBQ Area collection of exhibits inside the tavern building itself. Those exhibits focus on • Rest Rooms • Outdoor the history of the Upper Rogue area, w/ Hot Showers Pavilion going back to the pioneers who founded the local communities and the indigenous native people who were there first. Two exhibits in particular deserve special mention. One is a small collection of Ginger Rogers memorabilia. The famous actress and dancer lived near Shady Cove for 50 years, and her memory has become an indelible part of the local landscape. The other exhibit showcases some of the remarkable work of Carl Jantzer, a woodsman and metal sculptor from Shady Cove who passed away in 2008. Over 2,500' of River Frontage Admission is free, but donations are and 90 Full Service Sites always welcome, and help the museum stay open. Hours are 12:30 to 4:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday, April to September, and the same hours on 541-878-2404 • 800-775-0367 weekends, October to December. Also open by appointment. edgewaterinns.com/ 144 Old Hwy 62, Trail rogue-river-rv-park/ WHERE: MORE INFO: 541-621-4462

On the Banks of the Rogue River in Shady Cove, Oregon

Rogue River RV Park

Where elegance meets the splendor of the outdoors! Located along the banks of the Rogue River. Within minutes you can visit Crater Lake, Eagle Point Golf Course and the Ashland Shakespearean Festival. Enjoy premier rated restaurants along with the best salmon and steelhead fishing in the Northwest. Off the National Scenic Byway, Hwy 62, at the Gateway to Crater Lake National Park

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INLAND CORRIDOR ~ HWY 62, OR

Lost Creek Lake to Prospect

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Lost Creek Lake & Marina

If you’re looking for a fun time out on the water, you should definitely check out Lost Creek Lake and Marina. Lost Creek Lake is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, and with 3,430 acres of surface area it is the largest lake in the area. The lake is a popular wakeboarding and jetskiing area, and with sturdy afternoon winds it is a popular sailing, windsurfing and paragliding destination as well.

There is an extensive trail system around the lake designed to accommodate all levels of hikers, runners and bicyclists, whether they are looking for a low-impact stroll or an all-day adventure. When you go be sure to bring your camera, because deer, elk, osprey and bald eagles are a common sight. Lost Creek Lake is also open all year to sport anglers and boaters. The lake supports a plentiful trout and bass population and is stocked regularly by Oregon Fish and Wildlife. In recent years the small mouth bass fishery has taken off, and several national bass fishing associations sponsor multiple tournaments at the lake throughout the year. The Marina features a lodge and cafe atmosphere offering extraordinary views of the lake with additional seating available outside on the spacious deck. They serve excellent food at reasonable prices, and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with breakfast served all day. There is a store stocked with ice, beer, wine, sodas, ice cream, snacks, camping supplies and fun clothing. You can get your Oregon fishing and hunting licenses here, and boat and seadoo rentals and boat moorage are available. Everything is open year-round — see the ad below for Marina days and hours. WHERE: 35211 Hwy 62, Trail MORE INFO: 541-560-3646, LostCreekLake.com

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Mill Creek Drive Scenic Waterfalls

If you like waterfalls, the Upper Rogue Region is a great place to visit. Here are a few spectacular falls located off Hwy 62, in or very near Prospect: Barr Creek Falls and Mill Creek Falls: Take Hwy 62 to Mill Creek Drive and follow it through the town of Prospect to the Mill Creek Falls Trailhead, about 1.5 mi. south of Hwy 62. A parking area on the left has a trail going down towards the falls, with vantage points from which to view them. Barr Creek Falls is multi-stepped, dropping first 60 ft., then another 30 ft, and finally 150 ft. to the canyon floor. Mill Creek Falls is about 175 ft high. The greatest amount of water flow is generally in the spring. Pearsony Falls: Take Hwy 62 to Mill Creek Dr. and go for .75 mi. to a large parking area on the left side of the road (if you cross the Rogue River you’ve gone too far). Follow the trail from the north side of the parking lot for about .5 mi. to the falls. Pearsony Falls is not as high as the others, but can nevertheless carry a significant amount of water, and is quite lovely in its own right.

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INLAND CORRIDOR ~ HWY 62, Prospect, OR

Events and Festivals

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Prospect Store 7 DAYS A WEEK 8am-8pm

Groceries • ATM Beer & Wine • Liquor Store Lottery • Phone Cards Sporting Goods Hunting, Fishing Licenses Service Station featuring Pat’s Prospect Auto Repair

541-560-3655 500 Mill Creek Drive Prospect, Oregon

Prospect Historic Hotel

• MAY: Mill Creek Veterans Memorial Event

• AUGUST: Prospect Jamboree and Timber Carnival, Drop in for a fascinating tour of Crater Lake’s 541-560-3322 closest historic Bed and Breakfast Inn, motel and dinner house, the Historic Prospect Hotel, a Nationally Registered • SEPTEMBER: Music in the historic building. Linger a while longer and book a period Mountains, 541-560-3664 furnished, Historic B&B room complete with a handmade quilt and private bath. Enjoy a full, made to order gourmet breakfast prior to discovering beautiful Prospect. Additional lodging is available right behind the hotel in the family and pet-friendly modern motel. The hotel assists and supports a number of local events like the annual Prospect Jamboree and Timber Carnival in August. Or come for “Music in the Mountains” in September, a Prospect Hotel music festival featuring folk, country, bluegrass and Americana music. Call the hotel or go to the website for other events like the High Teas, and holiday activities. The hotel’s Dinner House Restaurant has been written up in Sunset magazine as “the best dinner house between Medford and Crater Lake.” You can’t go wrong with the “Signature Prime Rib” (available every night), the Lemon Dill Roasted Salmon, or the 19-layer, 5-cheese Prospect Lasagna, or any of the other treats. The Dinner House is open May through October, most holidays, and for prearranged groups. Group gatherings are more than welcome and accommodated, such as motorcycle groups, car clubs, reunions, bicycle tours, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and crosscountry ski and snowshoe clubs in the winter. Prospect Hotel is located between national forests and wilderness areas on the banks of Mill Creek. Take a short stroll on the beautifully manicured 5+ acre grounds, and then a gentle walk to the Rogue River and three spectacular waterfalls. The area is ideally situated for hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, birding, boating, hunting adventures, or winter snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing at Crater Lake. Find adventure in the upper Rogue River region, then return to the Prospect Hotel to relax in the sitting parlors, warm your toes at the fireplace or unwind on the wraparound veranda with a local wine or beer. WHERE: 391 Mill Creek Dr., Prospect, just 28 mi. from Crater Lake National Park. MORE INFO: 541-560-3664, ProspectHotel.com, Facebook.com/ProspectHotel ProspectHotel.com

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“the best dinner house between Crater Lake and Medford” —Sunset Magazine On the banks of year-round Mill Creek and close to Rogue River and waterfalls, summer and winter adventures await.

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Set on 5 beautiful acres, enjoy the ambiance of the Prospect Historic Hotel B&B, and a modern motel, both open year-round. Dine in an elegant yet informal atmosphere 5-9pm, 7 nights a week, May - October.

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Avenue of the Boulders

The Avenue of the Boulders is located on Mill Creek Drive, the scenic road that parallels Hwy 62 into the quaint town of Prospect. At this location the Rogue River drops some 75 ft. and creates truly spectacular water scenery as the water flows down and around these magnificent boulders. The Avenue can be viewed directly from the Mill Creek Drive Bridge where it crosses the Rogue River. For the slightly more adventurous, trek down the wellmaintained Mill Creek Falls Trail. At the bottom of the trail turn left, and you will see the Avenue of the Boulders. If you were to turn right and travel just a short distance you would come to Mill Creek Falls (175 ft. high) and Barr Creek Falls (over 200 ft. high). For another perspective, go back to Mill Creek Drive. Turn right, then from the parking lot across from the gas station, take the trail to Pearsony Falls (not nearly as tall as the others, but still worth seeing). Further down the trail you will come to the edge of a 100 ft. tall cliff with a view of the Avenue of the Boulders from above. The Avenue of the Boulders was created at the same time as Crater Lake was formed, after the collapse Avenue of the Boulders, ProspectHotel.com of an ancient volcano posthumously named Mt. Mazama. This volcano violently erupted approximately 7,700 years ago with a blast 42 times as powerful as the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. When Mt. Mazama blew, it deposited ash in what would later be eight states and two Canadian provinces. It blew huge, room sized boulders 20-some miles to present-day Prospect.

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INLAND CORRIDOR ~ HWY 62, Union Creek, OR

Union Creek

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Union Creek Resort

Enjoy rustic comfort for an unforgettable experience in a comfortable historic cabin in the Rogue River National Forest. Just 23 mi. from Crater Lake National Park, historic Union Creek Resort proudly offers 23 unique cabins and vacation rentals, a Lodge with nine beautifully restored rooms, a game room and fireside library, Beckie’s Café, a BBQ chuck wagon and ice cream shop in the warmer months, and a well-stocked country store and gift shop. With nearby Crater Lake, the Rogue River Gorge, and Natural Bridge, Union Creek Resort is an outdoor-lover’s paradise open 365 days a year. Activities include scenic waterfalls, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and horseshoes, plus winter fun with sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and more. Winter brings snowfall up to six feet and a snowpark is just 1/4 mi. away. Conveniently located on Hwy 62, the resort was built in 1922 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Union Creek Resort was once a favorite of Zane Grey, Jack London and Herbert Hoover. Its historic ambiance and charm creates

a comfortable setting for groups, retreats, reunions, business meetings, and families wanting to spend quality time together. Its location begs for adventurous visitors, as well as those seeking solitude. The fun and homey cabins are brimming with country charm and modern amenities. Cabins and rooms are continually being updated and renovated with guests’ comfort as the top priority. Enjoy the rustic touches of log-style bedframes and bunk beds, new country bedding, rich wood flooring and furniture, newly finished bathrooms, and clean, stocked kitchens in the cabins. And on those cool evenings, you can enjoy a warm campfire just outside your front door. Beckie’s Café serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and, of course, its homemade pies made fresh daily. The Country Store and Gift Shop has a little bit of everything for stocking up on staple groceries, ice, bait, tackle, drinks, snacks, Oregon wines and microbrews. Knowledgeable staff can assist with rentals of mountain bikes, snowshoes, cross country skis, sleds, and fishing poles, fishing and hunting licenses, and snow park passes. WHERE: 56484 Hwy 62, Prospect MORE INFO: 866-560-3565, UnionCreekOregon.com CALL FOR WINTER RATES & SPECIALS!

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One of nature’s many wonders is found at the Natural Bridge. The mighty Wild & Scenic Rogue River disappears into a hole in volcanic rock, and emerges some 200 ft. downstream. Your visit to the Natural Bridge provides unique opportunities for observing and interpreting one of this area’s most fascinating features. It’s hard to believe your eyes when you stand above the inlet and watch the Rogue River vanish. The river actually flows into an ancient lava tube, or a natural bridge, taking some 35 seconds to travel 200 ft. to reach the tube’s outlet. Seasonal flooding can cause the river to cover the bridge. Looking around, you will see “blow holes” on the surface of the Natural Bridge. These small openings hint of the turbulent nature of the hidden river below. At its peak, approximately 335,000 gallons of water rush from the Natural Bridge each minute at a speed of 6 ft. per second. And not only is it fast, but also very cold. Fed by melting snow on the slopes of Mt. Mazama (Crater Lake) in the high Cascades, the river’s temperature varies from 32 to 60 F. The Rogue River received its name from French-Canadian trappers who originally called it La Riviere aux Coquins after the troublesome local Indians whom they referred to as coquins, meaning rogues or scoundrels. By the middle of the 19th century, English-speaking settlers had changed its name to the Rogue River. WHERE: Natural Bridge is located on the Upper Rogue Trail with a trailhead at the Natural Bridge day-use area a mile south of Union Creek Resort at mile marker 55. The trail, a 1-mi. round trip, starts at the end of the Natural Bridge Campground parking lot near interpretive signs.

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See and hear the powerful, gushing waters of the Wild & Scenic Rogue River as it thunders through a channel of basalt lava as narrow as 10 ft. across in places. It is a breathtaking, awe-inspiring sight. The Rogue River Gorge, located across Hwy 62 from Union Creek Resort, features cascading waterfalls at the head of the gorge and churning waters rushing through ancient lava tubes. The raging waters have carved these tubes into larger caves in and around the Rogue River, some of which you can see and some of which remain unseen beneath the water’s surface. The Rogue Gorge Overlook and Interpretive Site provides a short, easy, paved trail with signs about the geological history of the area, which scientists say dates back 1.25 million years. The Gorge Overlook is also the start of the north entrance to the 3.5-mi. Rogue River Natural Bridge, UnionCreekOregon.com Gorge Trail, a National Recreation Trail which also leads to Natural Bridge. Even recently the Rogue River has continued to change. In the big 1996 flood, the Rogue River changed course just before entering the gorge. The river now runs right along the highway, making it easy to stop your car and get a great photo. WHERE: About 11 mi. north of Prospect on Hwy 62, on the east border of the Rogue River National Forest. Just across the highway is the Historic Union Creek Resort.

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Crater Lake National Park

On a trip to Crater Lake, Oregon’s only National Park, you will be transported into a magical wonderland with an explosive volcanic past. The deep blue lake is surrounded by sheer cliffs almost 2,000 ft. high. Take a boat tour over the surface of this marvelous lake, or hike the rim of the gigantic crater that holds the water. There are trails that meander through the park’s wilderness areas. Hike to the top of Mount Scott, which tops out at more than 8,000 ft. With more than 500 in. of snowfall per year, much of the park is closed for the winter, but you can still enjoy cross-country skiing and weekend snowshoe hikes. There are numerous interpretive programs led by experienced and knowledgeable rangers, who make learning about the park fun for all ages. Kids can get into the Junior Ranger program and enjoy hands-on activities led by the rangers. The north entrance of Crater Lake National Park is located on Route 138, and the west entrance is located on Route 62. WHERE: about 17 mi. east of Union Creek along Hwy 62. MORE INFO: 541-594-3000, www.nps.gov/crla

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Edgewater Inn Hwy 62, Shady Cove, 888-811-3171 EdgeWater-Inns.com

Historic Prospect Hotel and Bed & Breakfast Hwy 62, Prospect, 541-560-3664 ProspectHotel.com

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JACKSONVILLE, OR

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he historic town of Jacksonville, situated amid the rolling foothills of Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Strolling down its streets, you may feel like you’ve just stepped out of a time machine. The town is so well preserved with saloons and historic buildings that you just might expect cowboys to come flying out of swinging saloon doors and a gunfight to erupt in the street. But don’t worry — the stately brick buildings today are home to numerous shops and restaurants, and the streets are filled with wandering tourists instead of drunken gunfighters. During the summer months you can explore Jacksonville in style, in a horsedrawn carriage. You can also enjoy a trolley car ride, a venerable Jacksonville tradition. The conductor, wearing an old time costume, will entertain you with fascinating stories about the points of interest you’ll encounter along the way.

Jacksonville Woodlands Trail above Britt, photo by Tara Fischer, JacksonvilleOregon.com

Activities in the Area

MORE INFO: JacksonvilleOregon.com photo by Jeanena Whitewilson

• Jacksonville Woodlands Trails, over 20 miles of connecting interpretive and recreational trails surrounding the town’s historic district, JVWoodlands.org

Events and Festivals

• Wine tasting and visiting beautiful vineyards in the area

• JUNE-OCTOBER: Farmers Market, JacksonvilleFarmersMarket.org

• Music and other performing arts! The famous Britt Festivals and Britt Orchestra

• JULY: Children’s Festival, 541-774-8678, StorytellingGuild.org

• Guided and self-guided walking tours of Historic Jacksonville

• AUGUST: Oregon Wine Experience, 541-946-3411, WorldOfWineFestival.com

• Historic Jacksonville Trolley Tours

• OCTOBER: Oktoberfest, Haunted Trolley Tours • DECEMBER: Jacksonville Victorian Christmas, 541-899-8118, JacksonvilleOregon.org/victorianchristmas/

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Britt Music and Arts Festival

Photo by Al Case, Ashland Daily Photo

Celebrating more than 50 seasons of concerts under the stars, Britt Music and Arts Festival is the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in the historic 1850s Gold Rush town of Jacksonville, Britt presents a series of summer concerts featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues, folk, pop and country music. Britt’s performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt, the first person to photograph Crater Lake. Music lovers travel from all over the West to enjoy Britt’s outstanding performances, spectacular scenery and casual, relaxing atmosphere. Britt patrons are encouraged to come early and enjoy a picnic and pre-concert music on the scenic hillside amphitheater. Britt’s summer season is announced each spring, with 30 to 40 concerts offered every year. Britt is just a day’s drive from Seattle or San Francisco, and is located just 5 miles west of Medford and 15 miles north of Ashland. MORE INFO: 800-882-7488, BrittFest.org

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LIVE CONCERTS | CLASSICAL FESTIVAL | EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT Find out more at www.brittfest.org

Jacksonville Historic Trolley Tours, May to October, photo by Jeanena Whitewilson

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During the 1850’s in Jacksonville, gold miners roamed the streets. Pioneers, roughnecks and men on horseback would clip-clop down the main thoroughfare, most likely with six-shooters holstered at their sides. Visitors to Jacksonville still saunter through the streets, but can now do it on a Segway PT, a two-wheeled selfbalancing personal transportation device. Segway of Jacksonville features a 2-hour “Glide Through History Tour.” This tour takes you on an adventure through Nunan Square where you will see gorgeous Victorianstyle homes, past the historic courthouse and jail, up the hill to Britt Gardens and through the historic Jacksonville Cemetery, where you can catch a spectacular view of the Rogue Valley. You will hear stories of the early pioneers and wild shenanigans that made Jacksonville famous. Want to explore the town on your own, at your own pace? Segway PT rental packages start by the hour and can be extended to weekly or even monthly rates. Open daily, rain or shine, during Summer (June to September); open Tuesday to Saturday, or by appointment the rest of the year. WHERE: 360 North Oregon St., Jacksonville MORE INFO: 541-899-5269, SegwayofJacksonville.com

Though it might seem an odd place to drop by for a stroll, the Historic Jacksonville Cemetery is one of the area’s most beautiful spots. The hilltop burial ground is shaded by mossy trees and offers a spectacular view of Jacksonville. The cemetery itself has its own appeal. It is filled with gorgeous headstones and monuments, some dating all the way back to the mid-19th century when the cemetery was founded. Many of them have unique and often tragic stories to tell. The setting lends itself to the contemplation of perspectives beyond the mundane.

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The Historic Jacksonville Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the town’s previous residents, and is home to Jacksonville’s history. A walk through the headstones is like taking a stroll through time. Grave markers commemorate the lives and deaths of citizens and soldiers, pioneers and pastors, town fathers and miners. Many of the people who helped to build Jacksonville are buried here, including miner turned photographer Peter Britt (the first person to photograph Crater Lake); William Green T’Vault, who ran the first town paper, The Table Rock Sentinel; and carpenter David Linn, who produced such diverse goods as furniture, mining equipment and baseball bats. Also interred here are members of various noteworthy social and civic organizations. WHERE: find the Jacksonville Cemetery at the edge of town, at the end of E Street. MORE INFO: 541-899-1231 62 Southern Oregon • 101Things.com

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MEDFORD, OR

Medford

View towards Medford from Table Rocks, see page 50, photo Carolyn Birch, MedfordRogues.com

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edford is a prosperous and fast-growing community. Situated on I-5, Medford lies 25 mi. southeast of Grants Pass and 10 mi. north of Ashland. It has numerous exciting facets for visitors to explore. Medford’s past is still evident in many of its well-maintained historical buildings. A Medford Historic Walking Tour pamphlet is available through the Medford Visitors and Convention Bureau (101 East 8th St.) One of its most notable landmarks is the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center (see page 65). Almost all of the original historic building has been replaced by the modern structure standing in its footprint, and the resulting state-of-the-art theater is now one of southern Oregon’s premier venues for the performing arts. Medford is home to the new as well as the old. Set next to Lithia Motors corporate headquarters and surrounded by new retail shops and restaurants, the recently developed Commons has become a sort of public square in the heart of downtown Medford. Teeming with activity, it is home to frequent festivals that invariably include a wide range of vendors and live entertainment.

Bronze by Oregon sculptor Peter Helzer in Downtown Medford, photo by Mackenzie Kincaid

Activities in the Area • Fishing, hiking, skiing and rafting are all available nearby. Activities mainly revolve around the Rogue River, with local outfitters offering exciting whitewater raft trips. • Downtown Medford has restaurants, cafés and coffee shops for every taste; lodgings; and shopping opportunities that range from large malls to small boutiques. • Kid Time! Discovery Museum, 541-772-9922, Kid-Time.org MORE INFO: Medford Visitor and Convention Bureau, 800-469-6307, TravelMedford.org

Event and Festivals • Medford Rogues Baseball Games • APRIL: Pear Blossom Festival & Parade, 541-734-PEAR, PearBlossomParade.org • MAY: Art in Bloom Festival, Art-in-Bloom.com • JUNE: Medford Cruise Classic Car Show, 541-608-8527, MedfordCruise.org • OCTOBER: Southern Oregon Music Festival, 866-448-1948, SOMusicFest.org Downtown Medford, TravelMedford.org

• DECEMBER: Festival of Trees, 541-732-6768

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Are you, your friends and family looking for something fun and exciting to do? The Rogue Valley Family Fun Center is Southern Oregon’s #1 destination for family fun! The Rogue Valley Family Fun Center has the area’s largest video game arcade featuring the hottest new redemption and video games available to play. The arcade also includes Cactus Jack’s Playhouse, a 3-story soft play house with a web craw, twist and tangle, slides and much more. The Rogue Valley Family Fun Center has the longest Go Kart track in the Northwest at over a quarter mile long. Challenge your friends and family on two 18-hole miniature golf courses, or cool off in our Bumper Boat pond with boats that feature water cannons. They offer Kid Karts for those not tall enough for their go karts and batting cages that include over seven different speeds in Softball and Baseball. You are sure to make memories that last a lifetime at the Rogue Valley Family Fun Center. WHERE: 1 Peninger St., Central Point, off I-5, exit 33 next to Jackson County Fairgrounds, just north of Medford MORE INFO: 541-664-4263, RVFamilyFunCenter.com

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Railroads and locomotives played a pivotal role in the development of the West Coast. The transcontinental railroad connected both coasts of our vast continent and allowed Oregon to grow and develop commercially, culturally and industrially. In order to really understand this area, you need to learn about the railroad, and the most enjoyable way to do it is at the Medford Railroad Park. courtesy of City of Medford There is so much for the family to do and see at this fun and instructive park. The main attractions are the miniature trains that you can ride, affectionately known as “Steamers.” They loop around a mile-long track that winds through the park. The Rogue Valley Model RR Society also holds an open house at the park, where you can see models of many different types of trains. Watch them as they wind their way through a charming world of miniature landscapes. One of the most impressive exhibits at the Medford Railroad Park is the historic railroad equipment. There you will see life-sized, working equipment that was used by the men who made the railroads run many years ago. You can also see a demonstration of Morse code and Morse telegraphy, which helped to unite the East and West coasts. WHERE: Located on Table Rock Road. The park’s picnic area is open year-round, but the attractions are open 11am to 3pm, the second and fourth Sundays of the month, April through October. MORE INFO: Tunnel13.com/park.html Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Join the Medford Rogues for a night of fun! In their fifth season, the Rogues’ are Southern Oregon’s premiere summer collegiate team playing in the Great West League. It’s not only your chance to see up and coming Major Leaguers, but also to take in a night of entertainment; you never know what you’re going to see. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy a night at the ball park. Check out the team’s schedule for special theme and jersey nights including Fireworks, Star Wars Night, Military Appreciation, Superhero Night, and Bark in the Park, just to name a few. Tickets start as low as $7. Bringing a group to the game? Inquire about the special group rates, or reserving the Seven Feathers Triple Play Patio for an all-you-can-eat buffet with the best view in the park (minimum of 20 required). The Rogues’ season is from June to August, and the rest of the time you can take in other events at Harry & David Field such as Rogue Valley Little Woody, Family Day Hispanic Festival, concerts and markets. Keep your eyes peeled on the Harry & David Facebook page for event announcements. WHERE: Harry & David Field, 2929 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford (In US Cellular Fields) MORE INFO: 541-973-2883, MedfordRogues.com, info@medfordrogues.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Superhero Night at the ball park, photo by Carolyn Birch, MedfordRogues.com

Erected in 1924, the Craterian Theater has gone through several incarnations, including vaudeville house and movie theater. Recently redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up, today it is southern Oregon’s state-of-the-art community performing arts center. The facility features excellent acoustics and sightlines, an impressive array of theatrical equipment, and is operated by a professional staff. The auditorium is intimate, comfortable and seats just over 700 patrons, yet the stage can accommodate large national concert, dance and theatrical tours. Craterian Performances is the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the theater for the benefit of the community. It presents outstanding arts and entertainment events, produces the Teen Musical Theater of Oregon and Next Stage Repertory Company, and provides the facility to the community as a rental venue and gathering place. In August 2012, in gratitude for the financial support of James Morrison Collier, the Craterian building was renamed the Collier Center for the Performing Arts. Within it, the Craterian Theater thrives in the heart of Medford as a vibrant facility that enhances the lives of Southern Oregon’s residents and visitors. And, since Ginger Rogers danced on the Craterian’s stage in 1926 as a 14-year-old and appeared there again in 1993 at a fundraiser for it, as well as having lived in the Rogue Valley for many years, that stage is now named in her honor. The Craterian is where audiences can experience extraordinary performances in an intimate setting, and take home memories that will last them a lifetime. WHERE: 23 South Central Ave., Medford MORE INFO: 541-779-3000, Craterian.org

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he lovely town of Ashland, home of the internationally famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is full of great things to do. One great way to experience it is by taking a walking tour of Ashland’s many historic buildings; an informative brochure can be picked up at the plaza tourist information kiosk at North Main Street and Winburn Way, or at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Other places you’ll want to explore include Ashland’s many fine shops, restaurants, parks and theaters.

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Activities in the Area

• Shakespearean and contemporary theatre • Rafting the Rogue River and Upper Klamath River, IndigoCreekOutfitters.com • Kayaking, swimming, fishing, water skiing and sailing nearby • Art galleries and museums • Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument • Hiking and biking trails in the National forests surrounding Ashland • Rogue Valley Appellation wine tasting • Mt. Ashland Ski Area offers skiing and snowboarding • “Rogue Valley On Tap” Brewery Tours, IndigoCreekOutfitters.com

Events and Festivals

MORE INFO: AshlandChamber.com • FEBRUARY–NOVEMBER: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, OSFAshland.org • MARCH: Oregon Chocolate Festival, see next page • APRIL: Ashland Independent Film Festival, AshlandFilm.org; A Taste of Ashland, ATasteOfAshland.com; Rogue Valley Earth Day, RogueValleyEarthDay.net

Lithia Park, AshlandParksAndRec.org

• MAY: Rogue Valley Bird Day, RogueValleyBirdDay.net; Mountain Bird Festival, KlamathBird.org/community/ mountainbird; Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival, AshlandSpringThaw.com • OCTOBER: Bear Creek Salmon Festival, BearCreekSalmonFestival.net; Ashland Open Studio Tours • DECEMBER: Annual Christmas Lights Tours; Holiday Concert Handel’s Messiah

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Lithia Park began in 1892 as 8 acres dedicated to entertainment and culture. It has grown and changed dramatically, and today comprises 93 acres, 42 of which are on the National Register. In 1910 the lower duck pond and waterfall feeding it were constructed. In 1914 John McLaren, who also designed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, was hired as Lithia Park’s landscape architect. His layout of the park was organic in nature, following the natural canyon of the water course. Many of the features he designed can still be seen today. Lithia Park was also the original home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which began in 1935. The walls of the original theater still stand, surrounding the Elizabethan Stage. More modern features of the park include manicured lawns, tennis courts, sand pit volleyball courts, a picnic area and playground. Free performances are frequently offered at the Butler Bandshell. For performance schedules and further information call 541-488-5340 or visit www.ashland.or.us/LithiaHappenings. Ashland Parks & Recreation offers free nature walks with trained volunteer naturalists from May through September, 10 to 11:30am on Saturdays (July and August only) and Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Visitors can also take a self-guided tour with the updated Lithia Park Trail Guide, available for purchase at the Ashland Parks & Recreation office or the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. WHERE: 340 Pioneer St., Ashland MORE INFO: 541-488-5340, parksinfo@ashland.or.us, AshlandParksAndRec.org

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Looking for a thrilling winter activity? Hit the slopes at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area and spend a day skiing or snowboarding. Whether you never get off the bunny slope, or love to spend your days carving and thrashing the moguls on a steep and challenging black diamond route, skiing and snowboarding can provide as much fun and excitement as you could possibly want. The Mt. Ashland Ski Area is the perfect place in Southern Oregon to test your skills or learn the ropes. Nestled in the gorgeous Siskiyou Mountains and conveniently located just off I-5 halfway between Portland and San Francisco, you will love the peaceful views and the challenging slopes. With four ski lifts, 23 runs and one awesome “bowl,” you can have the perfect ski experience. If you don’t have your own equipment, don’t worry — you can rent everything you’ll need for a day, a weekend or a week on the slopes. Don’t have the slightest idea what you are doing? No problem — you can learn from patient and experienced ski and snowboard instructors. WHERE: From Ashland follow Hwy 99 and I-5 south to Old Hwy 99 S. (About 11 mi.) Take exit 6 from I-5 toward Mt. Ashland. Continue straight onto Old Hwy 99 S. for .7 mi., then turn right onto Mt. Ashland Ski Road. Follow it for about 9 miles. MORE INFO: Mt. Ashland Ski Area, 541-482-2897, MtAshland.com

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Every year in early March scores of chocolate companies and over 1500 chocolate lovers converge here for the Oregon Chocolate Festival. Dedicated entirely to Oregon chocolatiers and their amazing creations, chocophiles will encounter unique combinations, unexpected flavor profiles and decadent infusions. Taste truffles, bars, crunchy toffees, marshmallows, chocolate drinks, chocolate flavored cheeses, chewy cookies, cupcakes, sauces and syrups, chocolate covered nuts, ice cream and other gooey, delicious goodies. Well established and nationally recognized chocolatiers who originated in the Rogue Valley will be present along with a host of smaller but very exciting boutique companies. Past participants have included Lillie Belle Farms from Central Point and other notable confectioners from Southern Oregon. In addition to the opportunity for sampling and purchasing chocolate, the festival also offers visitors a wonderful lineup of events. WHERE: 2525 Ashland St., Ashland MORE INFO: 855-482-8310, OregonChocolateFestival.com

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For a day of fun in the sun, head out to Emigrant Lake. With 1467 acres and 12 mi. of lake frontage, this popular destination offers innumerable recreational activities. Take your pick of RV or tent camping, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, playing on the playground, or sliding down the exhilarating, 280-ft. twin flume water slide — and that’s just for starters! Amenities include full-hookup RV sites, individual and group campsites, boat ramps, and four covered group picnic areas with tables, electricity, barbecues, large campfire ring, horseshoe pit and nearby restrooms. These sheltered group picnic areas are perfect for large events like family reunions, company picnics and wedding receptions. The water slide area offers dressing rooms, lockers, showers, restrooms, picnic tables, and a concession stand with a full menu. The park is open year-round, although some of the attractions are seasonal. Emigrant Lake is a great place to get away from it all, yet only a short drive from Ashland or Medford. WHERE: Approximately 20 mi. southeast of Medford, off I-5, on Hwy 66 MORE INFO: Jackson County Parks Dept., 541-774-8183, JacksonCountyParks.com

If you are seeking rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation, make WellSprings your destination when visiting Southern Oregon. At the turn of the 20th Century, Ashland was known for its warm water springs. More than 100 years later, WellSprings continues to provide year-round swimming, soaking, steam and sauna. Emerging from a fault line between the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges, artesian mineral springs deliver 80,000 gallons of warm water daily to WellSprings’ Olympic-sized swimming pool.

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A warm water soaking pool overlooks a spacious wooden deck, allowing the perfect environment for sunning and “partaking the waters.” Private single and double Jacuzzi tubs are available, as well. Personalized massage and facials utilize the highest grade, organic skin care products. Treatment modalities range from gentle Swedish massage to deep tissue. Also available are maternity massage and Watsu warm water bodywork. WellSprings hosts an array of weekly events, including dance. Weekend workshops, retreats and musical events are conducted in outdoor and indoor venues including the Casbah, Teahouse, the Community Room, and on spacious lawns and gardens protected by towering, native oak and maple hillsides. Situated 1 mi. north of Ashland, WellSprings offers overnight accommodations including tent camping, teepees, domes and RV sites with hookups. WHERE: 2253 Hwy 99 North, Ashland MORE INFO: 541-482-3776, JacksonWellSprings.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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ScienceWorks is a nonprofit science museum that has been serving southern Oregon and northern California since 2002. It is home to more than 100 interactive exhibits and hosts fun, curiosity-based programs for all ages, year-round. What could be better than having fun while learning all about science? Whether you’re standing inside a giant bubble or creating bubble tubes, kids of all ages love Bubble-ology, an exhibit that teaches about the science of soap bubbles.

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Walk into the Hall of Illusions and your senses will not know which way is up. You will begin to doubt your perceptions as you wander through these mind-boggling images. Anyone can learn how electricity works as they hop on a bike and power an electrical train around a track. Curiosity rules in Da Vinci’s Garage, a space to try out new ideas, tinker with familiar materials in new ways, explore new skills, and think with your hands. Strike a pose in front of the Shadow Wall and see your shadow dance and transform beyond you. ScienceWorks is so much fun that you might not realize that you’re learning. It’s a place where everyone can stay curious! WHERE: 1500 E. Main St., Ashland MORE INFO: 541-482-6767, ScienceWorksMuseum.org

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Ashland’s Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, founded by an enthusiastic young teacher named Angus L. Bowmer, was officially born on July 2, 1935 with a production of Twelfth Night. The Festival has since grown to become one of the oldest and largest professional nonprofit theaters in the nation. The company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival now numbers more than 500 members. These include artistic and executive directors, the acting company, the artistic staff, playwrights, guest artists, musicians, management and others. The venue has grown from one stage to three (the outdoor Elizabethan Stage and the indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre and Thomas Theatre), and the repertoire has expanded to include performances of not only works by the Bard but by other playwrights as well. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s season runs from February through November, with the outdoor Elizabethan Stage open June through October. Some of the Shakespearean productions are traditional, while others are performed in modern dress and are subject to other modifications. Dedicated theater-goers can see up to nine different plays in one week! It’s a good ideas to buy tickets well in advance. MORE INFO: 800-219-8161, OSFAshland.org

Lithia Springs Resort

Deep beneath the lawns and gardens of Lithia Springs Resort bubble warm springs, unique mineral waters reminiscent of the soft mineral waters of Europe. Native Americans discovered the unique healing qualities of these springs thousands of years ago. They declared the springs “common grounds” for the benefit of all local tribes. Tribal differences were left behind so everyone could enjoy the warm, soothing, healing properties of the springs. Stories and legends grew around the water, so that the Native Americans came to consider the area sacred.

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The springs at Lithia Springs Resort are rich in sulfur and numerous minerals thought to help the body heal itself from skin diseases, digestive disorders, arthritis, sore muscles, and poison oak, in addition to relieving stress, rejuvenating, and bringing a sense of calmness into one’s whole system. The resort grounds also include beautiful flower gardens, arbors, koi ponds, and secret hideaways. There are quaking aspens, fruit trees, grapes, and colorful rose and berry bushes, all cultivated organically from their early beginnings. Lithia Springs Resort is proud to offer their healing springs to travelers looking for a unique Oregon experience with soft-spoken luxury at a spa-like retreat celebrating healing waters and nature. MORE INFO: 800-482-7128, LithiaSpringsResort.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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State & National Parks & Scenic Areas

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REDWOOD NATIONAL & STATE PARKS REDWOOD NATIONAL & STATE PARKS INFORMATION CENTERS www.nps.gov/redw Crescent City Information Center 1111 Second St., Crescent City, CA 95531, 707-465-7335 Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park 7 mi. S of Crescent City on Hwy 101. 10 mi. of hiking trails, beach access, water access. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park 9 mi. E of Crescent City on Hwy 199. RV and tent camping in the redwoods. Hike, bike, visitor center. Reservations: ReserveAmerica.com, 800-444-7275 Tolowa Dunes State Park 2 mi. N of Crescent City. From Crescent City take Northcrest Dr. N off Hwy 101. Day use only. No fee. Pelican State Beach 21 mi. N of Crescent City on Hwy 101. Great for fishing, beachcombing, walking. Wheelchair accessible.

NATIONAL FOREST Six Rivers National Forest 707-442-1721, www.fs.usda.gov/srnf Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area 19 mi. east of Crescent City on Highway 199, Gasquet, CA 95543, 707-457-3131 • Big Flat Campground – 14 mi. SE of Hwy 199 on South Fork Road • Grassy Flat Campground – 4.5 mi. east of Gasquet Ranger Station on Hwy 199 • North Fork Campground – 25 mi. from Gasquet Ranger Station on Forest Road 18N28 via Hwy 199, Forest Road 17N49 and Low Divide Road • Panther Flat Campground – 2.5 mi. east of Gasquet Ranger Station on Hwy 199 • Patrick Creek Campground – 7.5 mi. east of Gasquet Ranger Station on Hwy 199

Curry, Jackson and Josephine Counties NATIONAL PARKS Crater Lake National Park P.O. Box 7, Crater Lake, OR 97604 541-594-3000, www.nps.gov/crla Breathtaking lake in collapsed volcano, Rim Drive, campground & RV park, boat tours of lake, interpretive programs, lodging and dining, historic inn, coffee shop. Oregon Caves National Monument 19000 Caves Hwy, Cave Junction, OR 97523 541-592-2100, www.nps.gov/orca On Hwy 46, 20 mi. E of Cave Junction. Spectacular caves & striking scenery. Lodging & dining in historic inn, campgrounds and RV parks nearby.

NATIONAL FORESTS Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 3040 Biddle Rd., Medford, OR 97504 541-618-2200 www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou Umpqua National Forest 2900 NW Stewart Pkwy, Roseburg, OR 97471 541-957-3200, www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua

STATE PARKS AND RECREATION SITES

Pistol River State Park, photo by David Otott, DavidOtott.com

Cape Blanco State Park Off Hwy 101, 9 mi. N of Port Orford. Camping, day use & RV facilities. Beach access, lighthouse, wildlife viewing. Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor Day Use. 7 mi. S of Gold Beach. Panoramic views, walking trails, whale-watching. Crissey Field State Recreation Site Day Use. Hwy 101, 5 mi. S of Brookings. Beach access, visitor’s center. Geisel Monument State Heritage Site Day Use. Hwy 101, 7 mi. N of Gold Beach. Secluded picnic area. Harris Beach State Recreation Area Located just N of Brookings. Dramatic coastline. Popular camping, RV and day use facilities. Humbug Mountain State Park Six mi. S of Port Orford. Accessible campsites, day use area. Popular 3 mi. hike to summit. McVay Rock State Recreation Site Day Use. Hwy 101 S of Brookings. Picnic area. Otter Point State Recreation Site Day Use. Off Hwy 101, 4 mi. N of Gold Beach. Walking and hiking trails overlooking beach.

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Day Use. Hwy 101, 4 mi. N of Brookings. View 12 mi. of Oregon’s most awe-inspiring coastline. Winchuck State Recreation Site Day Use. Hwy 101, 1 mi. N of Oregon border. Beach access.

Jackson County: Casey State Recreation Site Day Use. Hwy 62, 29 mi. NE of Medford. Picnic, fish, boat on the Rogue River. Joseph Stewart State Rec. Area 541-560-3334 • Hwy 62, 35 mi. NE of Medford. Camping, marina, swimming, hiking trails, bike trail. Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint Day Use. Hwy 62. Picnic, hike to Pearsony Falls and the amazing Rogue River Gorge. TouVelle State Recreation Site Day Use. Off Hwy 62, 9 mi. N of Medford. Picnic, fish, boat, hike, watch wildlife. Tub Springs State Wayside Day Use. Oregon Hwy 66, 18 mi. E of Ashland.

Josephine County: Illinois River Forks State Park Day Use. S of Cave Junction on Hwy 199. Picnic and go fishing.

Paradise Point State Recreation Site Day Use. Off Hwy 101, 6 mi. N of Port Orford. Parking area, beachcombing, vistas.

Valley of the Rogue State Rec. Area 541-582-3128 • Off I-5 between Medford & Grants Pass. Camping, RV, trails, group facilities.

Curry County:

Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint Day Use. 11 mi. S of Gold Beach. Sand dunes, birding, windsurfing.

Alfred A. Loeb State Park 10 mi. NE of Brookings on the Chetco River. Year-round campsites & log cabins, day use.

Port Orford Heads State Park Day Use. Hwy 101, Port Orford. Important whale watching site. Picnic, hike, great views, museum.

Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site 800-551-6949 • Day use site with hotel and restaurant. Room reservations: 541-866-2474

OREGON STATE PARKS INFORMATION CENTER 800-551-6949, www.OregonStateParks.org Reservations: 800-452-5687 www.ReserveAmerica.com

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT Oregon State Office 503-808-6001, 1220 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204

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he Shasta-Cascade Region is made up of the eight northern-most California inland counties. It is a land of stunning mountains and lakes, fields and streams, and some of the most delightful cities, historic small towns and charming communities in the world. Whether your plans include snow skiing or waterskiing, fishing or houseboating, hiking or just relaxing away from it all, Shasta-Cascade has something for everyone, and everything for some. The region is a summertime hot spot with warm water lakes and the activities that go with them. It is also a wintertime playground of alpine majesty. The Shasta-Cascade region is served from north to south by I-5. Smaller routes traverse the area from west to east and include Hwys 299, 96, 36, 44 and 70, among others. The roads are mostly two-lane and offer incredible scenery for the motorist. Major rivers in the area include the Sacramento, Klamath, Trinity, Feather and McCloud Rivers. These waterways provide excitement for anglers, whitewater rafters and kayakers. The region’s lakes and reservoirs also offer a host of recreational opportunities. The largest body of water in the region is Shasta Lake, with 365 mi. of shoreline created by one of the largest dams in the U.S. The lake is visible to travelers at several points along I-5. Cave enthusiasts will enjoy Lake Shasta Caverns, which is 19 mi. north of Redding and features a 2-hour guided tour after a boat ride across the lake. Mount Shasta, visible from more than a 100 mi. away on clear days, seems impossibly massive, its white peak too lofty to be of this world. At 14,162 ft., Mt. Shasta is the highest volcano in the state. The mountain attracts hikers, skiers and campers who cavort on its slopes, and serious mountaineers who strive for its summit. Other notable mountains in the area include Mt. Lassen and the Trinity Alps. These attractions are only a small fraction of what’s available in the Shasta-Cascade region.

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mbark on a new adventure through the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Coast. On the coast is an area encompassing Bandon to the south and Lincoln City to the north. Inland, the lush Willamette Valley is dominated by the state capital of Salem to the north, and Eugene, Springfield and Roseburg to the south. Farther east are the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests. Visitors come to these areas of Oregon for a variety of reasons, including to enjoy scenic wilderness areas, to relax at luxurious resorts and to view prolific wildlife. Whatever the reason, this area of spectacular natural beauty is sure to impress. The counties that make up the region are as diverse as the great State of Oregon. Between the mountains of the Coast Range and the much higher Cascade Range lie verdant valleys with some of the world’s most productive agricultural land, giant old-growth forests and miles of volcanic wasteland. The opportunities for fun and adventure in this area are as varied as the terrain.

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Mount Shasta, photo by Stacey Councilman

Two north-south traffic corridors connect the region. Inland, I-5 bisects the fertile valleys of the Umpqua and Willamette rivers. On the coast, Hwy 101 skirts the edge of the continent between the Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean, offering visitors spectacular views of rocky coastline, lighthouses and crashing surf. On the coast in Florence you’ll find the fascinating Sea Lion Caves. Visitors descend 208 ft. into the large cave where Steller sea lions bark, growl, fight and swim as waves wash in from the seaside opening. It is the only natural year-round sea lion habitat on the mainland. Along Hwy 101, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area spans three counties. Beginning near North Bend and extending more than 40 mi. north to Florence, this area of gigantic sand dunes extends as far as 3 mi. inland in some places. A series of inland freshwater lakes, created when the dunes dammed up small streams, provide excellent places to fish, sail or swim. There are national, state, county and private campgrounds throughout. At Bandon, the southwestern-most town in Coos County, magnificent sea stacks stand just offshore from miles of sandy beaches. Its Historic Old Town invites strolling, and has a good variety of shops, galleries and restaurants. Wineries throughout western Oregon are open for tours and tastings. Outdoor adventurers will find abundant opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding in western Oregon, and there are ample opportunities for hunters, anglers, and explorers. Discover beautiful scenery and bustling cities as you explore western Oregon. MORE INFO: 101Things.com/westoregon

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Humboldt County H

umboldt County is a haven for travelers and residents alike, featuring 160 mi. of unspoiled coastline, hundreds of thousands of acres of coastal redwood trees, wild rivers, bustling seaports, quaint farming communities and fascinating historical areas. Travelers will find exquisite accommodations, fine restaurants, wonderful shops and numerous campgrounds there. They can explore the area’s rocky coastlines, warm inland communities and major rivers while taking advantage of exceptional local businesses. The county is situated on the Northern California coast, 60 mi. south of the Oregon border, and its largest towns are adjacent to Hwy 101. Eureka, the county seat, is roughly halfway between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Driving north into Humboldt County along Hwy 101, travelers will encounter Richardson Grove State Park with its 2,000 acres of magnificent redwoods. This is where the legendary redwood forests really begin. The state acquired the area in the early 1920s, making it one of the oldest state parks in California. A jaunt down smaller side roads that exit Hwy 101 will lead travelers to the King Range National Conservation Area and Humboldt County’s Lost Coast. This adventure leads to hamlets such as Hidden Valley and Whitethorn, and ultimately ends at the coastal town of Shelter Cove. Further north on Hwy 101, after leaving the towns of Garberville and Redway, you’ll find the internationally famous Avenue of the Giants. It is a 31-mi. stretch of two-lane road, dotted with small unique towns, that runs parallel to Hwy 101. An incredible drive, it winds through huge stands of ancient redwoods along the Eel River. Humboldt Redwoods State Park is located along the Avenue, and covers more than 52,000 acres. After leaving the Avenue of the Giants, the traveler will once again be on Hwy 101 and will pass the town of Scotia, located on a striking wooded hillside overlooking a giant bend in the Eel River. Further north is the sunny inland town of Fortuna, known as the jewel of the Eel River Valley. Friendly Fortuna has developed tremendous accommodations for tourists in recent years, including several hotels along the Eel River and an attractive community center. East of Fortuna, along State Hwy 36, is Grizzly Creek State Park, a favorite for hiking, camping and summer sun. Hwy 36 passes through the towns of Hydesville, Carlotta and Bridgeville, and continues to the hamlet of Mad River and to Ruth Lake. Ruth Lake, at an elevation of 2,650 ft. and bordered by ponderosas and firs, was formed in 1962 by the damming of the Mad River. The Victorian Village of Ferndale is just northwest of Fortuna and 16 mi. south of Eureka. The entire town has been named a State Historical Landmark as a result of its strong preservation policies of commercial buildings and residences.

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Peek of Ruth Lake, photo by Steve Hammons

Horse-drawn carriage, Old Town Eureka, photo courtesy Old Town Carriage

Eureka contains more fine examples of Victorian architecture, particularly in the Old Town section along the city’s waterfront. Old Town is home to the extravagantly ornate Carson Mansion, one of the most photographed buildings in California. Eureka’s population of nearly 28,000 makes it the largest coastal city between San Francisco and the Oregon border. It has a multitude of excellent restaurants, cafes, specialty shops and lodging facilities. The city is also known for its large and active arts community. In fact, Humboldt County has the distinction of having more artists per capita than any other of California’s 58 counties. Eureka is a busy seaport, and home to a large fishing fleet. A variety of activities can be found in and around the waters of Humboldt Bay, including kayaking, fishing and spotting marine wildlife. There are harbor tours aboard the M.V. Madaket, and the Woodley Island Marina is a great spot to visit to enjoy a panoramic view of the waterfront. Seven mi. north of Eureka is Arcata, home to Humboldt State University. Arcata is also known for its unique marsh and wildlife area that serves as a natural wastewater treatment system. East of Arcata, along Hwys 299 and 96, are sunny Willow Creek and Hoopa, known for recreation along the Trinity and Klamath Rivers and their tributaries. Back along Hwy 101 the town of McKinleyville serves as the home of the Arcata-Eureka Airport, the county’s only commercial airport. In northern Humboldt County visitors can enjoy the coastal gem of Trinidad, which overlooks an enchanting sheltered harbor, and Orick, the gateway to Redwood National Park. MORE INFO: 101Things.com/humboldt

Adjacent to World Famous Carson Mansion

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Eureka’s Full Service Hotel with Onsite Restaurant, Lounge, Room Service

• Bayview Rooms with Whirlpools • Koi Pond, Indoor / Outdoor Pool and Spas, Sauna • Cable TV, HBO, Pay Per View • Complete Hot Breakfast, Free Local and USA Newspapers • Two Guest Laundries, Two Fitness Rooms • Meeting Room, Business Center • Hi Speed Wireless and Hard-Wired Internet • Refrigerator/Microwave in All Rooms Two Elevators • Pet Friendly Rooms Available Upon Request Best Western Plus Bayshore Inn 3500 Broadway, Eureka, CA 95503 707.268.8005 | 1.888.268.8005 | www.BWBayshoreInn.com

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I SUPPOSE ONE IS NEVER LOST I F O N E I S E X A C T LY W H E R E O N E I S S U P P O S E D T O B E .”

It is impossible to become lost if you never knew where you were in the first place, how you got there, or if you would ever go home. In that sense, being lost and being found are quite the same thing. W W W .V I S I T H U M B O L D T . C O M 74 Del Norte, California / Southern Oregon • 101Things.com

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EAGLE

POINT 541-826-4212

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“Gateway to the Lakes” Eagle Point Golf Course

Eagle Point is nestled on beautiful Little Butte Creek, along the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range, with access to Crater Lake, the Rogue River and many other Southern Oregon lakes and other recreation venues.

Little Butte Park & Butte Creek Mill

Positively Eagle Point Livability:

• A walkable community with many parks and miles of walking paths • Wide variety of housing types and needs • Excellent school system • Quality medical & dental facilities, major hospitals nearby

Activities:

Avenue of the Flags

• 18 hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, II • Numerous parks with year ’round recreation programs • One of the best July 4th events in the region (activities all day & evening) • Check our website for monthly events

Eagle Point Library

History:

Covered Bridge

• 1870s working grist mill and country store • 1922 vintage covered bridge • 1925 school house converted into a historical museum containing the second largest collection of historic artifacts in Jackson County • National Veterans Cemetery

National Cemetery

Attractions:

Eagle Point Museum

• Centennial Plaza • Eagle Point Museum • Harnish Wayside Park & Tourist Information Center (photos below)

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101 Things To Do Southern Oregon/Del Norte 2016  

Your Activity and Exploration Guide for Southern Oregon and Del Norte County, CA

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