Spend the day exploring the Waterfalls of the North Umpqua River!
Spend the day exploring the “Highway of Waterfalls” along Highway 138 just east of Roseburg. Before heading up river, stop by The Bagel Tree to grab some breakfast and even a sandwich for lunch later. As you reach Glide, stop at Colliding Rivers to see a unique hydrological feature where Little River and the North Umpqua River rush into each other.
Then, make your way further east where you’ll find Swiftwater Park and a short walk to Deadline Falls.
Further up the highway you’ll arrive at Susan Creek Falls which has a great day use area and a very easy hike. Next up on the North Umpqua waterfall tour is Fall Creek Falls, a great quarter-mile hike to falls with a mild incline. Steamboat Inn, which is just up the river from Fall Creek, is the perfect spot to take a break and get some lunch or a coffee.
The next falls is a must-see! Toketee Falls is another quarter-mile hike, but at the end is the most photographed waterfall along the North Umpqua River. Watson Falls has a steeper hike, but the view is well worth the work.
Both Clearwater Falls and Whitehorse Falls are two more gorgeous options that are handicap accessible and can be accessed from parking lots.
From there, it’s time to head back to Roseburg, or grab dinner at the Diamond Lake Lodge.
Experience Umpqua Valley Wineries and Local Farms
Start your day by grabbing brunch at Brix Grill in downtown Roseburg. If you happen to be in town on a Saturday stop by the Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market to see what produce is in season. Then make your way to Abacela Winery near Winston. Another stop for some great Umpqua Valley wine is Melrose Vineyards; home to 12 popular varietals of wine. Then it’s time for lunch at Lighthouse Center Bakery and Café to grab a mouthwatering sandwich, a freshly-baked loaf of bread, or possibly a sweet pastry for later.
After lunch, it’s a quick hop across the Umpqua River to Henry Estate Winery. Then, don’t pass up the opportunity to check out the oldest estate winery and birthplace of Oregon Pinot Noir, Hillcrest Vineyard.
Head back into town and stop at Jackson Street Provisions for a bit of local produce, a snack, or gifts. Be sure to grab dinner at True Kitchen and Bar and then one last wine tasting before calling it a day at Paul O’Brien Winery, located in Downtown Roseburg.
Take a Historical Tour Around Douglas County
After spending the night at the historic inn, Bell Sister Flats, located in Downtown Roseburg, take a walking tour of historic downtown Roseburg while sipping a coffee from Gathering Grounds Coffee House. When exploring downtown check out the mural that depicts the historical events of the Applegate Trail. Then spend the rest of the morning exploring local history at the Douglas County Museum. If you’re in town during the weekend, then be sure to stop by the Floed-Lane House, which was built in 1866 and is home to the Douglas County Historical Society. If you’re looking to purchase a bit of history, stop by any of the local antique shops such as From Days Gone By.
Then hop in the car and take the short trip north to check out the first city in Oregon to establish a Historic District: Oakland, Oregon. Here you can experience historic buildings, homes, pioneer cemeteries, antique, art and gift shops, wine tasting, fine dining, and the Oakland Museum. Stop by Rochester Covered Bridge, located just southwest of Oakland. For more covered bridges, check out the Pass Creek Bridge in Drain or the Cavitt Creek Bridge near Glide.
Great Umpqua Food Trail
For more food-focused trip ideas, check out the Great Umpqua Food Trail. Choose from over 40 businesses to savor while experiencing the beautiful scenic drives of the Umpqua Valley.
Select one of four itineraries to explore at your own pace: