The South Umpqua River in the Umpqua National Forest.
The South Umpqua Waterfalls on the South Umpqua River – Great Fun in Summertime.
Continue driving on South Umpqua Road and you’ll see that the South Umpqua has a beautiful gorge up river. The paved road ends becoming a Forest Service Road that is well maintained, so if you want to see more, you can. Indeed this road connects to the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway on the North Umpqua River. Brad and I have taken this route on more than one occasion, and I’ve done so on my own also – driving a Ford Focus. But if you have any questions, stop at the ranger station in Tiller. I tell you this, so you’ll know driving this road is just a jaunt in the forest. A nice one too. 🙂
To take this route to the Umpqua Scenic Byway just continue driving along the S. Umpqua River. The road follows the gorge of the S Umpqua for quite sometime, and the views of the river are quite magnificent. The turnoff to Hwy 138 is well marked, and unless you have some other destination in the forest in mind, that’s where you’ll want to go. Traveling this way, you’ll come upon Copeland Creek, which exhibits the familiar columnar basalt rock patterns of the north Umpqua River. Although hidden behind trees and dense undergrowth, the gorge of Copeland Creek can be seen and it’s beautiful. Brad and I went late summer one time and stopped to pick and eat wild huckleberries along the way.
When you come to Hwy 138, or the Umpqua Scenic Byway, head west to access I – 5 if that’s your preference, or to continue on 138 to the Oregon Coast, or you can turn east, and take advantage of the all the waterfalls and many hiking trails in the Umpqua Waterfall Tour and finally Crater Lake National Park. – gm
P.S. Remember the dangers of poison oak when traveling at these elevations on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. It’s rampant, but don’t let this keep you from a good thing. Bathing in the river when you think you’ve come in contact is a good preventive.
Plan your visit to the many waterfalls and hiking trails in the Umpqua National Forest. Want to learn more about the campgrounds on the North Umpqua River and others in the Umpqua River watershed?
Directions to the South Umpqua River and Waterfalls from Medford, Oregon;
from Canyonville, Oregon on I – 5.
Forward ~ Following a mountain path, Tiller, Oregon.
Back ~ Campbell Waterfall near Boulder Creek
Campground on the South Umpqua.
USFS: Umpqua National Forest. BLM: Roseburg District of the Bureau of Land Management.
Camping in the Umpqua National Forest & those areas managed by the Roseburg BLM
Directions to campgrounds in the Diamond Lake District of the Umpqua National Forest. Directions to campgrounds in the North Umpqua River district. The campgrounds for both districts are off the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway, many are on the wild and scenic Umpqua River. All fall between the north entrance to Crater Lake National Park and I-5 at Roseburg, Oregon. Boulder Flat is the last one in the North Umpqua district. After that you’re in the Diamond Lake District. Directions to campgrounds in the Little River watershed of the North Umpqua River. Directions to camping facilities in the Row River watershed of the Umpqua River. Directions to campgrounds on the south Umpqua River also in the Umpqua River watershed.
Hiking Trails in the Umpqua River watershed in the Umpqua National Forest:
Directions for hiking trails to waterfalls and other points of interest in the Row River Watershed of the wild and scenic Umpqua River in the Umpqua National Forest. As well as Directions for the Umpqua River Trail – 12 hiking trails riverside. Directions for hiking trails to the many waterfalls on the wild and scenic Umpqua River off the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway. Directions for hiking trails in the south Umpqua watershed. Directions for hiking trails in the Little River watershed. All within the magnificent Umpqua National Forest.
Enjoy the North Umpqua Waterfalls Tour on the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway:
Can include Crater Lake National Park: Introduction.
Travel Directions, Map and Scenery ~ can include Crater Lake National Park: Introduction. Experience: splendid scenery, hiking trails for intrepid hikers and those with less enthusiam. Enjoy the magnificent the wild and scenic Umpqua River, Umpqua hot springs near Toketee Campground, rafting on the rapids, hiking the beautiful trail along the Umpqua gorge to magnificent Toketee Waterfalls, my favorite, and the favorite of anyone I’ve ever spoken to. Hike through a forest garden of dense wild rhododendrons at Warm Spring Waterfalls. Hike the trails to experience the wonder of tumultuous Watson Falls. Don’t forget Lemolo Waterfalls and Lemolo Lake. And when you arrive at the north entrance partake the splendor of Crater Lake – Enjoy beauty.
Enjoy the Diverse Loop Tour on the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway and the Crater Lake Hwy:
Includes Crater Lake National Park: Introduction.
Travel Directions, Map and Scenery. Experience: splendid scenery, hiking trails for intrepid hikers and those with less enthusiam, experience the majestic Rogue River Gorge at Union Creek and the Natural Bridge, waterfalls, the Rogue River Hiking Trail, hiking trails to Muir Creek Waterfalls and National Creek Waterfalls all in the Rogue – Siskiyou National Forest. Enjoy hiking trails to Mill Creek Waterfalls, Barr Creek Waterfalls and Pearsoney Waterfalls in Prospect, Oregon. Or just stand on the historic Prospect bridge and enjoy the panorama of the Avenue of Giant Boulders. Hike down to the water’s edge if you’ve a mind to.
Combine the Umpqua Waterfalls and the Diverse Loop Tours
Traveling Oregon on the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway and the Crater Lake Hwy: Directions.
Travel Oregon and southern California while staying at Gathering Light … a retreat
located in southern Oregon near Crater Lake National Park.
Travel on the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway to Gathering Light … a retreat: Directions Map & Scenery. Experience the columnar basalt of Toketee Waterfalls, tumultuous Watson Falls … the wild & scenic Umpqua River in the Umpqua National Forest. Arriving at the north entrance of Crater Lake National Park, enjoy Crater Lake too.
Travel Directions to & Day Trips of about 100 miles from the retreat.
Little known Scenic Places to explore nature: hiking, with and without, trails, wetlands, national wildlife refuges, mountains, wilderness areas, river gorges & more near Crater Lake National Park & the retreat: Travel Directions, Map & Scenery.