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Visiting the Rogue Valley in beautiful Southern Oregon? You’re in for a treat. Home to rolling hills, mountain views, and opportunities for adventure, the Rogue Valley is full of exciting, fun, and relaxing things to do. Here are 10 ways to get the most out of your time here:
10 Adventurous Things to Do in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley
From rafting whitewater rapids to an evening stroll through a historic mining town, the Rogue Valley has the perfect thrill for every seeker. Choose your own adventure in Southern Oregon.
#1 Plan a Tour of Rogue Valley Wineries
The Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon is famous for its world-class wineries. With more than 88 vineyards and 33 wineries to choose from, you’ll never be able to visit them all in one trip, but you can plan a tour to get a taste for what the Southern Oregon wine scene is all about.
#2 Explore Historic Jacksonville, OR
Want to take a step back in time? Jacksonville, Oregon was a bustling mining town tucked in the hills of the Rogue Valley that has perfectly preserved its architectural history. Explore the hidden gems of downtown Jacksonville and enjoy varied dining options, unique shops, adorable cafes, and quaint bookstores.
#3 Go Rafting on the Rogue
The Rogue River winds through the valley, drawing visitors from all over the state looking to experience its twists, turns, and rapids. There are sections of the river perfect for adventurers of all types. If you’re looking for a relaxing float, drop your raft in around Lost Creek Dam. If you’re looking for a more exciting challenge, travel up to Hogs Creek. Or, take a guided trip and let someone else navigate the rapids while you sit back and enjoy the ride!
#4 Summit a Mountain to Earn a Prize
If you’re an experienced adventurer, test your stamina up the slope of Mt. McLoughlin. This challenging 5-mile climb will get your heart rate up while taking you through the beautiful Sky Lakes Wilderness. The reward? Bragging rights, and a priceless view of the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon.
Not ready to scale a mountain quite yet? Try one of these essential hikes around Jacksonville, OR.
#5 Zipline Through the Rogue Valley in Oregon
If you’re looking for a different way to experience the Rogue Valley in Oregon, consider booking a zipline tour. The entire trip takes about 3 hours to travel across 5 different zip lines. Soar above the valley and enjoy views of Table Rocks, Mt. Mcloughlin, and Crater Lake.
If you’re looking for a longer excursion, there’s also a special “Zip, Dip & Sip” tour that combines winery visits, rafting, and zip lining for a full day of fun!
#6 Visit the Shakespeare Festival
The Ashland Shakespeare Festival is one of the biggest events in the area. It draws thousands of visitors annually to this city-wide celebration of classic literature and theatre. If you plan to be in the area, this is one of the best things to do in the Rogue Valley. Grab tickets to a show at one of the three major venues around town, or catch a free outdoor performance in Ashland’s downtown Lithia Park. The festival starts in early summer and runs through the fall.
#7 Reel In Your Dinner from the Rogue River
For avid fishermen, the section of the Rogue River that runs through the valley is known as one of the most productive. Spend an afternoon reeling in salmon, steelhead, and trout from the banks of the Rogue or head out to a sparkling lake or reservoir. A few other popular fishing spots include Agate Lake, Applegate Lake, Emigrant Lake, and Fish Lake.
#8 Drink From the Lithia Fountains in Ashland, OR
The Lithia fountains in Ashland are said to have special healing powers, but they aren’t the only magical thing about this charming Southern Oregon town. Ashland, OR is home to many craft breweries, shopping opportunities, manicured parks, and a vibrant art scene. Be sure to take a stroll in Lithia Park to admire the gardens and greenery.
#9 Grab a Bite in Medford, OR
If you’re looking for more things to do in the Rogue Valley, Medford, Oregon is another must-visit destination. And make sure you work up an appetite before you arrive. From a mimosa brunch at Over Easy to rich steak at Porters, to a quick tuna poke snack and a beer from Tap and Vine, there are endless dining options to choose from, whether you’re the pickiest of eaters or the most enthusiastic of foodies.
# 10 Camp Under the Stars in the Rogue Valley
Finally, for the true outdoor adventurer, it simply can’t get better than camping in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley. To listen to the Rogue River as you fall asleep, camp at Valley of the Rogue State Park or Joseph Stewart State Park. For more remote camping with full-sky views, check out local parks in Jackson County.
Or, take the scenic drive to Crater Lake National Park to stay in the Mazama or Lost Creek Campgrounds. There’s also the lodge if you still want the outdoor experience without the tent.
Start Your Next Adventure at the Vineyards at Stage Pass
Stage Pass sits in a sweet spot of the Rogue Valley with access to plenty of things to do and beautiful scenery around every corner. There’s no shortage of adventures when you move into our master-planned community. To schedule your exclusive tour of the property, give our team a call today.