Special Places


Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside


The Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside is co-managed by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management's Medford District, and the State of Oregon. The botanical wayside includes a 19-acre Oregon State Park, a 1,164-acre BLM Area of Critical Enviromental Concern, anda  1,560-acre Forest Service Botanical Area. Full of the botanical and geologic wonders of the area, it's a place worth venturing to!


Glendale-Powers Bicycle Recreation Area

Coquille Falls

The Glendale-Powers Bicycle Recreation Area offers the opportunity to bicyle through the ancient forests on the west side of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, along the beautiful Coquille River! Escape into a aworld of pristine beauty as you pass through wildflower-filled meadows, ride along clean, clear waters, and enjoy the majesty of the towering trees. Every turn of the road reveals all manner of big and small wildlife, including elk, bobcat, quail, and trout!


Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway

Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway

A Wild and Scenic river, lush cranberry bogs, towering basalt sea stacks and vast ocean views await riders on the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway. Designated in 2015, this Scenic Bikeway is one of the most incredible ways to experience the rugged beauty of the scenic Oregon coastline and the lush inland forests! The 60-mile ride is anchored in the quaint fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon coast.

Rogue River National Recreation Trail

Rogue RiverThe Rogue River National Recreation Trail traverses the wild section of the  Lower Rogue National Wild and Scenic River along its entire length. Stretching 40 miles between Grave Creek and Big Bend, the trail offers some of southwestern Oregon's most amazing landscapes and rewarding hiking experiences. Majestic steep canyon walls, cascading waterfalls, and glistening streams are just a glimpse of the magnificent scenery in the Wild Rogue Canyon. Observation and exploration opportunities abound for hikers to observe wildlife, wildflowers and historical sites along the way. There are many picturesque vistas, including churning whitewater flowing through rock gorges with nearly vertical walls, towering cliffs and majestic stands of large Douglas-fir and incense cedar. The Rogue River supports an interesting and diverse wildlife population, including black bear, river otter, deer, raccoon, osprey, bald eagle and rattlesnakes. Hikers can also expect to see rafting parties on the river and camping on the sandy beaches. Below Blossom Bar, jet boats are allowed for the private and commercial lodges, fishing and for tour boats.

The Rogue River Trail is a HIKING TRAIL ONLY, closed to motorized vehicles, bicycles, and pack animals. The trail may be hiked from either end or from the middle, starting at the Rogue River Ranch.

The trail is rated DIFFICULT due to the remote nature of the trail, tall cliffs, the potential for downed trees, landslides and high water in creeks. Most of the trail is well constructed and has moderate grades. The average hiker takes 4-5 days to walk the 40 miles.

During the heat of the summer, temperatures may reach 100° F. Many hikers choose to hike from west to east (from Grave Creek to Big Bend), keeping the afternoon sun at their backs. Moderate temperatures make spring and fall popular seasons to hike.

Annual maintenance usually occurs April through June, after winter storms are no longer a threat.

Check out the Rogue River National Recreation Trail Guide for a detailed description of the trail.


Point of Interest:

The Rogue River trail is notable for its rich history which is manifested in the three National Historic Sites along its path: Whisky Creek, Zane Grey Cabin and Rogue River Ranch. Read about some of the wild endeavors of the river canyon’s former occupants in the Rogue River National Recreation Trail Guide.

Trails that access the Wild Rogue Wilderness include the Mule Creek Trail #1159 and Clay Hill Trail #1160A.

Rogue River Trail MapRogue River Trail Brochure

Ashland Municiple Watershed

Runners in Ashland WatershedThe 15,000+ acre Ashland Municipal Watershed is home to more than 45 miles of multi-use trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, and is an international destination for the unique beauty and diversity of the forests and Siskiyou Mountains.

Trails are marked according to user group appropriate, and some trails are also directional in nature (e.g. bikes riding uphill only).

This watershed houses the source of Ashland's drinking water. Please: Recreate responsibly! 

  • Honor trail designations. Remember: Bikes yield to Pedestrians, and everyone yields to Equestrians!
  • Motorized use, including e-bikes, is prohibited behind gates and on all trails.
  • Protect the wildlife that call this watershed home.
  • Pack out all of your waste—Leave No Trace! This includes your dog's bagged waste, too!
  • Camping and campfires are prohibited in the watershed 365 days a year.

Partner organizations who us help maintain, manage, and promote this trail system include:

e-biking in the Ashland Watershed

Wilderness Areas

A uniquely American idea, wilderness is part of our country's heritage, and is passed on as a legacy to our children. Firmly attached to the American past, the legacy that is wilderness will remain indispensable to the American future.Within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest there are eight wilderness areas. These areas are part of the 107 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, important habitats for diverse wildlife, as well as diverse and challenging recreational activities within the realm of solitude.

Sky Lakes Wilderness View from Mt Bolivar Kalmiopsis leachiana Plant - Photo by Lee Webb Grassy Knob Wilderness

Sky Lakes

Wild Rogue


Grassy Knob

Rogue Umqua Divide Wilderness Red Buttes Wilderness Copper Salmon Wilderness Siskiyou Wilderness

Rogue-Umpqua Divide

Red Buttes

Copper Salmon