Special Places

Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway

[PHOTO: North Umpqua River near Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway.]

It's an amazing place to be! Come enjoy the sites and activities along the Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway today! Create warm memories by traveling this nationally significant scenic byway through the Umpqua National Forest. Enjoy spectacular scenery, outstanding geologic and hydrologic features, and a wide array of outdoor recreation activities along the Byway.

Wilderness

Mt. Thielsen Wilderness.Three unique Wildernesses exist on the Umpqua National Forest. These special areas offer diverse opportunities for recreation, science and learning, and solitude. They also provide critical habitat for multiple species as well as protection for key watersheds.

Accessible Adventures

Accessible Adventures Learn about the many recreation sites in the Umpqua that are suitable for everyone. Go to our Accessible Adventures page.

Highlighted Areas

Boulder Creek Wilderness

At 19,886 acres, Boulder Creek Wilderness is the smallest on Umpqua National Forest. It is located 50 miles east of Roseburg, OR. Small waterfalls and rapids connect the series of quiet pools that make up Boulder Creek, a tributary of the North Umpqua River, which runs through the heart of the area.

The rocky monoliths and outcroppings attract -and challenge- technical rock climbers, especially in the southern portion's Umpqua Rocks Special Interest Geologic Area. 

Ponderosa pines flourish on Pine Bench, near the southern end of the Wilderness, and are thought to be the largest such stand of this kind this far northwest of the crest of the Cascade Mountains. Ponderosa pine or "yellow-bellies" are often resistant to fire because of their thick layer of bark.

The Spring Fire in 1996 and the Rattle Fire in 2008 burned most of this wilderness area. Expect rapid brush growth and persistent blowdown on the 10 miles of maintained trails in the years to come.

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