The perfect place to get away from it all.
by Airstream - June 28th 2016
- 41 mi.
Made famous by novelist Zane Grey, Valley of the Rogue State Park is a lush oasis in southern Oregon. The park contains a 1.25-mile trail that allows you to stroll along the river’s edge. The river is also accessible for boating and fishing. The park is a short distance from many other attractions located in and near the Rogue Valley and makes a great home base for visiting the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve, Crater Lake National Park, and more. The area surrounding the park is home to museums and shops, too, if you need a break from the outdoors!
If you’re in need of an adrenaline rush, Rogue Valley Zip Line is located right near the park! The zip line crosses 80 acres of verdant property, starting with short intro lines and gradually including lines for advanced zipping. The zip line is the only one in the United States that is fully wheelchair accessible, so people of all abilities are able to enjoy this adventure. They also have a general store—take home a souvenir to remind you of your great adventure!
Rogue Valley Overnight RV Park is a fun site to bed down during your trip across Oregon, with spacious sites, free wifi, cable hookups, a laundry room, and more. And, at just $26.00 a night, it's super affordable, too. Make reservations in advance for a stay at the campground, which provides access for rafting, fishing, and even boating, and is also just a short drive from southern Oregon's wine country!
Home to some of the best burgers in Oregon, Jimmy’s Classic Drive-In is a great stop on a warm summer night. It has been operating since the 1960s, and has kept its timeless interior throughout the decades. The restaurant boasts a made-to-order menu of items, and burgers are crafted fresh. The sauces and dressings are all made from scratch, too. Make sure to dip your onion rings in Jimmy’s fresh ranch dressing made from real buttermilk, and enjoy one of the joint’s delicious milkshakes. Jimmy’s offers 18 different flavors, including lemonade and “chilla” (a delicious chocolate and vanilla mix).
The Rogue River runs 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. A specific stretch of the Rogue, beginning seven miles west of Grants Pass and ending 11 miles east of Gold Beach, has been designated as the “National Wild and Scenic” portion, and for a good reason! The river is home to a variety of wildlife, such as black bears, bald eagles, herons, and river otters. The river also has a challenging white-water section, which is great for rafting. Book an excursion from a local outfitter if you're a novice rafter, and they'll help you learn the ropes!
From a zip through Oregon’s treetops to classic burgers, Valley of the Rogue State Park offers a multitude of activities and attractions. It’s a great home base for your memorable visit to Oregon!
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