With some loops open year-round, Valley of the Rogue gives campers an all-seasons opportunity to retreat into a sanctuary of green surrounded by...
Valley of the Rogue is a large campground, which offers a lot of space between each campsite. Don't expect isolation, but we didn't feel crowded either. The Rogue River is beautiful, but it is not a swimming river and there is no sandy beach area. For camping, the bathrooms and free hot showers here were VERY nice! Overall the vibe was family-friendly and quiet during our stay.
The hills and streams surrounding the Rogue River Valley were once a rich gold mining region. The state park lies along the route of the Applegate Trail and the 1857 Oregon gold rush. An interpretive kiosk with information on this time period is located in the rest area near the river.
Local museums, historic buildings and reconstructed “frontier” towns also tell the story of the mining era. One of the museums is in Jacksonville, a former gold mining boom town just west of Medford.
The abandoned gold-mining town of Golden, three miles west of Wolf Creek Inn, is now state park property. A church with an adjacent cemetery, an original homestead and a building once used as a post office and general store are among the structures still standing on what is now Golden Townsite State Heritage Site.
The park was acquired by purchase from private owners between 1959 and 1969.