Adventure Through

Southern Oregon

Thanks to the support of the US Forest Service’s Rural Community Assistance Program, the Southern Oregon Visitors Association (SOVA) has developed detailed maps (maps not to scale) in various forms to highlight the numerous rural communities in our region.

We hope you will take the time to visit the rural side of Southern Oregon. You’ll find friendly people and welcoming communities, plus you’ll see the pioneering spirit and scenic beauty that attracted Oregon’s original visitors on the Oregon and Applegate trails. As an added bonus, you can't beat the Southern Oregon weather.

The US Forest Service places emphasis on helping rural communities organize, develop broad-based local action plans, and take actions which build towards sustainable solutions for economic, social, and environmental concerns and opportunities. SOVA is pleased to be a partner with the US Forest Service in promoting the development of rural tourism opportunities.

Rogue Valley

Jacksonville Inn

1) Jacksonville

This 24-mile route, travels from Ashland via the Voorhies Mansion, the first pear orchard in Southern Oregon, to the historic city of Jacksonvillle.  Known as the first place gold was discovered in Oregon, Jacksonville is one of only eight cities in the U.S. named as a National Historic Landmark.  There are 100 historic homes and buildings in Jacksonville, historic site tours by trolley, lodging, shops and restaurants.

Estimated travel time: Two hours

 

Lake of the Woods Resort, Klamath Falls:
2) Mountain Lakes

This 40-mile tour takes you to several mountain lakes, including Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes. There are opportunities to fish, boat or canoe, and rental services are available at many of the lakes. This tour is especially well-suited to the nature lover, and photographic opportunities abound.

Applegate Valley Tour

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1. Riverside Park-Grants Pass

The highlight of Grants Pass is the mighty Rogue River flowing through town. Riverside Park is located right on the Rogue River and is a wonderful place to picnic and walk along the Rogue. The city is often referred to the "whitewater rafting capital" of Oregon and a mecca for Southern Oregon travel. More than 25 outfitters offer rafting adventures in Grants Pass and nearby Merlin.

 

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2. Applegate Valley

The Applegate Valley is the middle of three adjacent river valleys extending from the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains along the California border to the Rogue River in the north. These three valleys roughly define the boundaries of the Rogue Valley AVA. In 2001, the application for American Viticultural Area (AVA) status for the Applegate Valley was authorized, making it the sixth official wine region in Oregon State.

 

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3. Champagne Cellars

Located in the Applegate Valley wine country. Champagne Cellars is a boutique winery producing limited, award winning, estate bottled, premium champagne and still wines. This appellation produces wines of intense character and complexity. We specialize in private label champagne, and wines for celebrations and events. On-site catering for events and weddings. Located at 1425 Humbug Creek Road, Applegate Oregon 97530.

 

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4. Jacksonville Vineyards

1,600 feet above sea level with afternoon westerly breezes that keep our clear air moving, Jacksonville Vineyards, which are in rows aligned north-south, receive just the right sun, moisture, and indeed, perfect growing conditions to give us extremely well ripened fruit each fall. Today there is growing public awareness of the wines of the Applegate Valley. Designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2002 for it's micro-climate, the Applegate Valley is unique and unlike any other region in Oregon. Located about 12 miles west of historic Jacksonville on 238.

 

Klamath Falls

Train Mountain near Chilquin, Oregon

1. Northern Klamath Loop

 

In this 50-mile tour, you’ll travel through Central Oregon’s beautiful Cascade Recreation Area.

Begin your tour at the Northern Klamath County Visitor Center in historic Gilchrist. Continue through the towns of Crescent, Crescent Lake Jct. and Chemult, home of the world-class Chemult Sled Dog Race.

On your journey you can enjoy high desert mountain beauty, visit the quaint small towns, take in some outdoor recreation, have a picnic and watch wildlife in the woods.

Be sure to visit Crescent Creek and Crescent, Odell and Miller Lakes.

Below Plaikni Falls of Sand Creek, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA

2. Lava Beds Loop

In this 50-mile tour, you’ll travel through Central Oregon’s beautiful Cascade Recreation Area.

Begin your tour at the Northern Klamath County Visitor Center in historic Gilchrist. Continue through the towns of Crescent, Crescent Lake Jct. and Chemult, home of the world-class Chemult Sled Dog Race.

On your journey you can enjoy high desert mountain beauty, visit the quaint small towns, take in some outdoor recreation, have a picnic and watch wildlife in the woods.

Be sure to visit Crescent Creek and Crescent, Odell and Miller Lakes.

Klamath Falls, Oregon.

3. Upper Klamath Loop

 

In Klamath Falls, enjoy a hike along the Link River, a day of golf or go antiquing.

Traveling northwest on Highway 140 frames spectacular views of Upper Klamath Lake. Enjoy a canoe trip through Upper Klamath Wildlife Refuge or take a picnic to Crystal Springs day-use park.

Drive north into Wood River Valley and visit the site of a historic military fort in Fort Klamath. Be sure to visit Kimball State Park and take a short hike to the headwaters of the Wood River.

Next stop, Collier State Park & Logging Museum for a history lesson on the area located on Highway 97 north of Chiloquin.

Proceeding south along the east side of Klamath Lake clear views of Mt. Scott, Mt. McLaughlin and Mt. Shasta.

Photo of the blown out crater of Fort Rock State Park, near Bend, Oregon, USA

4. The Outback

From Highway 97 (La Pine) take Route 31 to Fort Rock State Monument (seven miles off Route 31). Fort Rock is the remains of a volcano that rises 325 feet above sagebrush plains reminiscent of the Australian Outback.

Continue south on Route 31 to Picture Rock Pass, named for the ancient Indian petroglyphs located a short walk from the highway.

Next stop is Summer Lake Wildlife Area. Beyond the lake is the town of Paisley. Continue on Route 31 until it joins Highway 395. The horizon is dominated by Abert Rim, a 30-mile-long fault escarpment rising 2,000 feet above the desert floor.

Lakeview, Oregon’s ”tallest town” at 4,800 feet, is next. The byway ends at New Pine Creek and Goose Lake State Recreational Area.

 

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