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Rogue River National Forest covers most of south-west Oregon. Once separated from the Siskiyou National Forest, the two have now combined forces to become a vast wilderness, known as the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Interstate Route 5 runs through the heart of the forest, making it around an easy three-hour drive from Eugene, OR.
Encompassing more than 1.8million acres, the possibilities for recreation here are endless. Known for its outstanding beauty and wildlife spotting opportunities, days can be spent fishing, boating, or simply wandering along the Rogue Riverbanks. Alternatively, head deeper into the forest, where hiking and OHV trails are abundant during the warmer months, and snowmobiling is the activity of choice when the snow begins to fall. However, you spend your time, and you won’t regret your decision to book an RV in Jackson County, OR.
Your Rogue River National Forest camping trip wouldn’t be complete without a brisk hike to start the day. More than 160 tracks undulate through the forest and along the river, ranging from short day hikes to longer three or four-day backpacking trails. The Rogue River Recreational Trail, spanning for 40 miles between Big Bend and Grave Creek has something for everyone. The adventurous can complete the whole trail across a few days, whether it be by foot, by bike or on horseback. Those looking for a taster can simply join part of the path wherever they see fit. No matter where you decide to pick it up, hikers will be treated to some of the most incredible landscapes Rogue River National Forest has to offer.
You’ll never be too far from a lake, stream, or river when you camp with an RV rental near Rogue River National Forest. It’s no surprise then that fishing and boating are some of the best ways to escape the heat of the day and while away an afternoon. You’ll find plenty of fishermen and women lined up along the banks of the Rogue River, especially from August to November, which is said to be the best month for reeling in a catch. During this time, chinook salmon are on the move to the lower Rogue Canyon, and they’re hungry!
When you go camping at Rogue River National Forest during the winter, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy then as well. By the water, many of the smaller ponds and lakes freeze over, and ice fishing comes into play. In the forests, just under 20 different trails open up to snowmobiles and snowshoers. There are even four Sno-Parks in the area where you can safely park up your rental RV, which offers prime access to the trails.
Motorhome camping in Rogue River National Forest couldn’t be easier. There are hundreds of sites dotted around the park, ranging from secluded camps with no facilities, to fully equipped RV parks.
Riverpark RV Resort sits just off Interstate Highway 5, making it easy to reach no matter where you’re coming from. Campers can choose from 47 paved sites that lie along the river’s edge, all of which are equipped with electric, water, and sewage hook-ups. Big rigs are accommodated for, as are those with non-self-contained vehicles, thanks to the immaculate washrooms, laundry services, and potable water stations.
Those looking for a bit of old school RV camping at Rogue River National Forest should check out the North Fork campground, found not far from Fish Lake. Hidden in the forest, camping here will give you prime access to walking trails and fishing spots. There’s only enough room to accommodate ten vehicles here, so it’s worth booking ahead online if you’ve got your sights set on this spot. Facilities are basic but still include two vault toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, and fire rings.
Medford, Ashland, and Grants Pass are three of the largest towns that you’ll be able to access when you’re camping with an RV in Rogue River National Forest. Each offers its own charming selection of independent eateries and sightseeing attractions.
Apart from being surrounded by fantastic wineries, where visitors can sample a taste of that famous Oregon Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, Medford is home to several family-friendly attractions. Head to Rogue Valley Family Fun Centre for hours of indoor and outdoor entertainment ranging from arcade games to mini-golf, go-karts to bumper boats. For something a little more educational, that the whole family can enjoy, Crater Rock Museum has heaps of exhibits showcasing rocks, fossils, and gems dating back hundreds of years ago.
If you’re after more museum-based activities, then Ashland is the place to go. The Science Works Museum provides a safe place for adults and children alike to discover the world of science through interactive workshops, state-of-the-art displays, and even summer camps. Alternatively, creative types might want to check out Ashford’s Schneider Museum of Art, a fascinating building that houses historical art exhibits by local and regional artists.
The river-side town of Grants Pass is home to even more creative gems. Like the Glass Forge Gallery and Studio, where visitors can peruse, buy or even blow unique glass creations, or Grants Pass Museum of Art, where local artists are celebrated through rotating exhibitions, live music events, and poetry readings.