Over the Rivers and Through the Woods Scenic Byway Tour

Contact(s): Jennifer O'Leary

rock with petroglyph from Cascadia Cave of groups of people

The Over the Rivers and Through the Woods Scenic Byway Committee will be offering a guided tour of the historic and scenic route on May 7th. The highlight of the trip will be an easy, 2.5 mile guided hike to Cascadia Cave with Living History Master Performer and Forest Service Archeologist Tony Farque.

The cave is an 8,000 year-old American Indian petroglyph site believed to be the largest concentration of rock art in western Oregon. Public access to the cave is limited as it resides on private land. Camas Prairie, a site long valued by native cultures for the cultivation of camas, will also be featured on the tour.

The Committee features representatives from the City of Brownsville, City of Sweet Home, and the US Forest Service. The byway begins at Interstate 5 near Brownsville and travels 66 miles east through Sweet Home and the Willamette National Forest along Highway 20, where it links to the West Cascades, McKenzie Pass and Santiam Pass National Scenic Byways.

This is an opportunity to experience the region’s cultural and natural history. The tour begins at 9:00am; participants should meet at the Sweet Home Senior Center located at 880 18th Avenue in Sweet Home. Please bring a lunch, comfortable shoes, rain gear and water. The cost is $15 per person.

For more information and to register for the tour, please contact Stefanie Gatchell at (541)367-3411 or sgatchell@fs.fed.us. For additional information about the Sweet Home Ranger District, call the front desk at (541)367-5168 or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/index.html.

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