Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway

Shady Cove, Oregon

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A 180-mile drive on a National Forest Service Scenic Byway through the Rogue and Umpqua River valleys, past lakes and waterfalls into the southern Oregon Cascade Mountains. From Roseburg, the drive heads east through the Umpqua River’s spectacular narrow canyon, climbs into the Cascades, and reaches a high point of 5,820 feet. A side trip to Crater Lake National Park increases the elevation to 7,100 feet. The southern section descends through thick forest along the Rogue River Gorge and a reservoir lake, and concludes in orchards and farmland. Special attractions: Umpqua and Rogue Wild and Scenic Rivers, waterfalls, mountain lakes, narrow rugged canyons, wilderness, Crater Lake National Park, State Parks, historic inns, camping, fishing, and winter recreation. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway Professional Review and Guide

"A 180-mile drive on a National Forest Service Scenic Byway through the Rogue and Umpqua River valleys, past lakes and waterfalls into the southern Oregon Cascade Mountains. From Roseburg, the drive heads east through the Umpqua River’s spectacular narrow canyon, climbs into the Cascades, and reaches a high point of 5,820 feet. A side trip to Crater Lake National Park increases the elevation to 7,100 feet. The southern section descends through thick forest along the Rogue River Gorge and a reservoir lake, and concludes in orchards and farmland. Special attractions: Umpqua and Rogue Wild and Scenic Rivers, waterfalls, mountain lakes, narrow rugged canyons, wilderness, Crater Lake National Park, State Parks, historic inns, camping, fishing, and winter recreation. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Shady Cove
Distance: 180
Season: Year-round, although some attractions closed in winter
Local Contacts: Umpqua National Forest, Rogue River National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway

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May 2018