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​Five Things to Add to Your Rogue River Rafting Trip in Southern Oregon

The Rogue River is the centerpiece of many Southern Oregon adventures, but this diverse region has a lot to offer. It would be a shame to miss your chance to explore these nearby features while in the area for your Rogue River rafting trip.

Crater Lake National Park: A Wonder of Water and Fire

This sapphire-blue lake filling a collapsed volcano isn't just a photo op. Take time to hike around the rim for panoramic views or take a boat tour to Wizard Island, the volcanic cinder cone rising from its depths. Campsites and the historic Crater Lake Lodge make it easy to extend your stay and truly absorb the otherworldly beauty of this natural wonder.

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Redwood Giants: A Humbling Encounter

The iconic Redwoods of California reach their northernmost range in Southern Oregon. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park offers easy hikes among these towering titans. Gazing up at trees that have stood for centuries puts life into perspective and adds a touch of almost-mystical beauty to your road trip.

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Umpqua Valley Wine Country: Pinot and Beyond

Oregon's reputation for quality wines extends beyond the Willamette Valley. The Umpqua region, known for its Pinot Noir, offers a landscape of rolling hills dotted with charming wineries. Plan a dedicated tasting day, or pop into family-run vineyards for spontaneous sips and stunning views.

Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor: Coastal Bliss

A stretch of the Oregon Coast known for its dramatic cliffs and hidden coves, Samuel H. Boardman provides breathtaking scenery. Hike to overlooks, explore tidepools teeming with life, or simply find a pull-off and soak in the salty air and endless ocean views. This is Oregon's wild coast at its finest.

Small Town Gems: History, Culture, and Jet Boats!

Grants Pass: Your base for river access, this town also boasts a fascinating history. From gold rush days to Native American heritage, local museums offer captivating exhibits. Plus, who can resist the world-famous Hellgate Jetboat Excursions for a thrilling spin on the Rogue?

Jacksonville: This meticulously preserved 1850s mining town transports you back in time. Sample local brews in historic saloons, attend an outdoor theater performance, or browse galleries showcasing the area's rich artistic talent.

Bonus Tip: Southern Oregon is foodie heaven.

From fresh-caught seafood in coastal Bandon to artisanal cheese and farm-to-table restaurants inland, be sure to leave space in your itinerary (and your stomach!) to savor the local flavors.

This is just a taste of all Southern Oregon has to offer. Build your Rogue River road trip with these stops, and create an adventure that will leave you hungry for more of this unique and captivating part of the country!

Kam Wixom
Kam began guiding in the Grand Canyon in 1991, met & guided with his wife in 2000, and is the proud daddy of 5 kids. He now works as the Marketing Director for Western River Expeditions.
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