North Umpqua Trail #1414.01 Tioga Segment

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

The Swiftwater Trailhead is the western end of the 79-mile North Umpqua Trail. The 15.7-mile Tioga Segment is the lowest in elevation, and provides year-round recreation opportunities. The trail has two shorter segments: The western 7.8-mile Swiftwater portion and the 8-mile Tioga part. Both trails wind through old-growth forests of Douglas-fir, hemlock, and sugar pine, with trees often over six feet in diameter.

The Swiftwater Segment of the North Umpqua Trail is 7.8 miles long and stretches from the Swiftwater Recreation Area to the Tioga Bridge. The trail is open to anglers, hikers, mountain bikers, and is closed to all motorized vehicle use including ATVs and motorcycles. The trail is steep in sections and is therefore considered moderate. There are no facilities for equestrian users, however, some do enjoy the rugged and challenging forested ride. The first quarter mile of the trail is accessible and provides easy access to Deadline Falls. Travel another 1.5 miles through the attractive forested fern groves to the small, but picturesque, Fern Creek Falls.

Deadline Falls: Between the months of May and October, anadromous (sea-run) salmon and steelhead can be seen jumping the falls on their journey from the ocean to their spawning grounds. Interpretive information is available on-site.

Fern Creek Falls: Standing on the footbridge will give you a good view of delightful Fern Creek Falls on one side and the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River on the other.

The 8-mile Tioga Segment meanders along the North Umpqua River for 8 miles between the Tioga Bridge and the Wright Creek Trailhead. The Tioga Bridge was built in 2012 on the piers of the old Youngs Bay Bridge which washed out in 1964. Trail users can enjoy views from Bob Butte, two miles east of the bridge.

Contact the Roseburg - Bureau of Land Management, Umpqua Supervisors Office or North Umpqua Ranger District for information.

North Umpqua Trail Information

North Umpqua Trail #1414.01 Tioga Segment - Typical trail

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/17/2022: Closed by Closure Order Number. 06-15-06-22-459.  Visit for details. No bridges on this segment have been replaced. 
Fees: No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Motorized use prohibited
Closest Towns: Roseburg, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Restroom: No
Operated By: Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Roseburg District Bureau of Land Management
  • North Umpqua Ranger District

General Information


From Roseburg, OR, take OR-138 east / northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard. Continue east on Highway 138 for 21.9 miles to reach the western trailhead, 28.2 miles to reach the Tioga Bridge which is the mid-trailhead, or 24 miles to the eastern trailhead.

Western Trailhead:

  • Bureau of Land Management / Swiftwater Trailhead - On south side of river across the Swiftwater Bridge or Swiftwater County Park.

Mid-way Trailhead:

  • To access Tioga Bridge, park at the Susan Creek Day Use Area and use the fully accessible Emerald Trail. The trailhead is located towards the river. There are also a few parking spots close to the bridge along Highway 138 near milepost 27.

Eastern Trailhead:

  • Wright Creek Trailhead - Forest Road 4711 on south side of the river at milepost 34.1.


Mountain Biking



Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
15.7 miles

  Elevation : 
800 feet - 1,600 feet range