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Illinois Valley

The Illinois Valley is home to the Oregon Caves National Monument and the Wild & Scenic Illinois River.

Recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities abound in countless local parks, galleries and non-profit centers. The famous Redwood Highway–Highway 199 from Redwoods National Park in Crescent City to Grants Pass–runs right through the Illinois Valley wine country, river swimming holes and other delightful outdoor spots.

Illinois Valley Cities

Cave Junction

Spranging to life during the gold rush, it was the discovery of the Oregon Caves National Monument in 1874 that put Cave Juncion on the map. The underground marble halls is just one reason to visit the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains. Go wine tasting, float the Illinois River, or enjoy the national forest.


Nestled along the Applegate Wine Loop between Historic Jacksonville and rugged Grants Pass. Exploring Wilderville brings scenic wonders and tasty treats.


Visit the Illinois Valley

Venture into the heart of the Illinois Valley in Southern Oregon, a land of enchanting beauty, rich history, and boundless adventure. Tucked away in the southwestern part of the state, this hidden treasure offers a unique blend of natural wonders, cultural richness, and outdoor activities that cater to every type of traveler. From the majestic forests to the serene rivers, the Illinois Valley is a testament to the unspoiled charm of Southern Oregon.

Discover Natural Splendors

The Illinois Valley is a sanctuary for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Home to the renowned Oregon Caves National Monument, a marvel of underground caves formed millions of years ago, visitors can explore the depths of the earth on guided tours. Above ground, the valley is surrounded by the lush landscapes of the Siskiyou Mountains, offering endless hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails that meander through ancient forests, past cascading waterfalls, and along pristine rivers.

A Hub for Adventure

Adventure awaits in the Illinois Valley, where the wild and scenic Illinois River provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of water sports. Kayaking, rafting, and fishing are popular activities, offering thrilling ways to experience the valley’s natural beauty. For those who prefer dry land, the region’s diverse terrain offers opportunities for rock climbing, mountain biking, and exploring remote wilderness areas.

Step Back in Time

The Illinois Valley’s rich tapestry is woven with the stories of Native American tribes, gold rush pioneers, and settlers. Visit local museums and historical sites to delve into the area’s fascinating history, from ancient indigenous cultures to the boom and bust of gold mining towns. The valley celebrates its heritage through festivals, art shows, and cultural events that showcase local traditions and crafts.

Getting There

East - West

The Illinois Valley lays along Highway 199 and serves as a resting point between I5 located Grants Pass and the coastal destination of Brookings. Spanning 100 miles, expect the route to take 2-hours.