Local Attractions

Cave Junction, Oregon

Cave Junction is a small town. It is the Gateway to the Oregon Caves National Monument and the commercial, service, and cultural center for a rural community of small farms, woodlots, crafts people, and families just living apart from the crowds. The valley we live in is in the basin of the Illinois River Valley and its tributaries. It is nestled in the mountains known as the Siskiyous in the Klamath Range at an elevation of about 1329 ft. We are directly west of the Medford/Ashland metro area and about half way between Grants Pass and the Oregon coast on highway 199. The average temperature in January is 33F and in July 90F and rainfall amounts to about 61 inches a year. The sun shines 196 days and it rains 108 days on average. The Illinois Valley is frequently referred to as the "banana belt" of Oregon. It is fast becoming a favorite year-round vacation land. Here you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the many rivers, streams, and public forest lands available for hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting. This picturesque valley lies halfway between Grants Pass and Crescent City, making it a pleasant hour drive to the famous Rogue River or the rugged Oregon Coast. The central location makes it an ideal place to live and a naturally peaceful place to visit.

Link: Cave Junction Site

Taylor's Country Store

Dining and Entertainment at Taylor's Country Store. Steaks, fresh fish, chops, chicken, pasta and salads; plus our usual array of gourmet sandwiches and hotdogs. Dinners served with homemade soup or salad; bread; choice of fries, onion rings or baked potato; and a scoop or two of hard ice cream for dessert! Every weekend you can try a different specialty, or order from our regular fine dinner menu! Fridays we serve our special New York Steak with Coconut Shrimp. Saturdays feature PRIME RIB! Come and join us! Don't forget to try our Breakfasts and great Lunch specials! Please visit us in Cave Junction and enjoy our more than eighty varieties of products that can include sausage from your game and farm animals. And of course, don't forget to take home a gift or two for friends and family. (541) 592-5358

Link: Taylor's Country Store Site

Experience Oregon Caves National Monument

Deep inside the Siskiyou mountains lies the "Marble Halls of Oregon." The caves formed when acidic rainwater dissolved the surrounding marble, creating one of the few marble caves in the world. The Monument’s ancient forests contain endemic Port Orford Cedar and one of the largest Douglas-fir trees in Oregon. (541) 592-2100 ext. 2262

Link: Oregon Caves Site

Great Cats of the World Park

The park is an exciting and interactive park in which staff and trainers give you a personal guided tour while interacting with the predators to bring out their natural and instinctive behaviors. (541) 592-2957

Link: Great Cats World Park Site

It's A Burl

Outside is a forest of burls, stumps and crooked logs, waiting to be turned into things of beauty. Some are odd pieces of driftwood harvested from the beach; others are harvested from local woods. There are three tree houses in the local broadleaf maple trees, including one three-story structure. Nearby a wooden biplane dangles in midair. Below it an 8-foot wooden rooster is the cock of the walk. Our woodyard offers a vast selection of raw hardwoods indigenous to the Pacific Northwest. We supply contractors, artists, and woodworkers. We also design custom home furnishings in addition to the unique, one-of-a-kind items we feature in our galleries and showrooms. Treehouses, workshops and gardens cover our two acre woodyard located directly on Redwood Hwy. in Kerybyville, Oregon. (541) 592-2141

Link: It's A Burl Site

Illinois Valley Golf Course

The 9-hole Illinois Valley Golf Club in Cave Junction, OR is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1977. Designed by Bob E. Baldock and Robert L. Baldock, Illinois Valley Golf Club measures 3049 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 126 and a 34.9 USGA rating. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels. The greens are bent grass and the fairways are winter rye. (541) 592-3151

Link: Illinois Valley Golf Course Site

Kerbyville Museum

Since 1959, the museum has offered exhibits that cover a wide variety of real life experiences from the Illinois Valley from the turn of the century. The Kerbyville Museum displays a fine collection of pioneer artifacts, presented in an historic turn of the century house. (541) 592-5252

Link: Kirby and Kirbyville Museum Site

Lake Selmac

Lake Selmac Resort in Selma offers boating, fishing, swimming, camping facilities, and horseback riding. Lake Selmac is located about 1/2 hour west of Grants Pass, Oregon. The Park was completely renovated in 2001, there is a general store with has beer, food and fishing supplies and a Boathouse and dock with fishing boats with electric motors, row boats and pedal boats for rent. is equipment with Bathroom and Showers in campground area. Complete with a 18 Hole Mini-Golf Course, you can enjoy good family fun. Lots of trees and good fishing, so bring the family down and spend the day or night in the campground. (541) 218-5458

Link: Lake Selmac and Resort Site

Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area

The Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area the largest wilderness in Oregon and is part of the magnificent Siskiyou National Forest. This pristine and rugged area of 180,000 acres is accessed by traveling up the north bank of the Chetco River.

Link: Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area Information

Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside

The Rough and Ready area is located in a region which is recognized as one of 200 biologically outstanding ecoregions in the world. It harbors a multitude of rare or special status plants endemic to the serpentine soils of the Siskiyou Mountains. Staying on the main trail avoids erosion and disturbing sensitive vegetation. A gate key is available for check out at Illinois Valley Visitor Center in Cave Junction for those who may have difficulty in accessing the area by foot. (541) 618-2200

Link: Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside Site

Page Mountain Snow Park

For those who enjoy winter sports like cross country skiing, snow mobiling, or sleding Page Mountain Snow Park is just a short drive from the Illinois Valley. Drive south from Cave Junction about 8 miles, turn left (east) on Waldo Road and continue for a few miles through the intersection with Takilma Road (Four Corners). After Four Corners Waldo Road changes to Happy Camp Road. After about 30 minutes you'll arrive at Page Mountain Snow Park on the right. Snow park permit required and can be obtained at the DMV in Cave Junction.

Rogue River Hellgate Jetboat Excursions

Hellgate Jetboat Excursions draws nearly 85,000 people every season, which runs from May through September. Visitors from all over the world make Grants Pass’ Hellgate Jetboats their destination in order to board the propeller-less boat that is pushed by the hydro-jet that glides just inches above the water's surface. Along the river, trained, educated and witty Hellgate pilots offer a narrated historic overview of the region and point out landscape features amid the most majestic scenery to line any waterway in the country. On every trip, pilots point to nearby wildlife such as deer, river otter, osprey and bald eagles flying overhead, guarding nests or perched on high branches. (800) 648-4874

Link: Hellgate Jetboat Excursions Site

Not Far From Us In California...

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Bright, open, and lush, Jed Smith's redwood groves are the most scenic in existence. There's an unusual amount of variety in the color and texture of the trees, in the size of the trees, and even in the understory vegetation, making the woods an interesting place to hike. With its huge swath of uninterrupted old growth, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is the most unspoiled redwood park. Established in 1929, this predominately old growth coast redwoods park is bisected by the last major free flowing river in California, the Smith River. Almost all of the park land is water shed for the Smith River and Mill Creek, a major tributary. The park has about 20 miles of hiking and nature trails, river access, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store. Drive Howland Hill Road (gravel-not recommended for trailers) and stroll in the Stout Grove.

Link: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

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Trees of Mystery

We are an 8/10ths of a mile groomed interpretive trail through the awe-inspiring Redwoods of Northern California. Part of the trail (The Trail of Tall Tales)is devoted to the myth and mythology of Paul Bunyan, America's larger-than-life logger from the turn of the century. The trail, museum, gift shop, restaurant and motel are geared toward the family or group traveler. The trail is open and maintained year-round. We offer a shuttle to Sky Trail for those who cannot easily walk the trail. In the summer months, our 49 foot 2 inch tall Paul Bunyan and his 35 foot tall friend, Babe the Blue Ox, waves and welcomes you to the Trees of Mystery. The free admission End of the Trail Native American museum is one of the very best privately owned collections in the world. (800) 638-3389

Link: Trees of Mystery Site

Siskiyou National Forest

Located in southwestern Oregon, along the California/Oregon state line, the Forest ranges from the crest of the Cascades Mountains west into the Siskiyou Mountains, nearly to the Pacific Ocean. The Forest covers almost 1.8 million acres; portions of the Applegate and Illinois River drainage's extend into northern California. The Rogue River drains over 75 percent of the Forest's land area.

Link: Siskiyou National Forest Site

Wine Tasting?

Bridgeview Vineyard & Winery

Lelo and Bob Kerivan first started shaking up the Oregon wine industry in 1986, when they converted a 75-acre field in Southern Oregon's Illinois Valley to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris grapes. Visitors to Bridgeview Winery can taste an array of fine wines and picnic on the estate, while enjoying views of landscaped gardens and pristine lakes. Bridgeview cordially invites you to visit the winery, sit on the deck, and watch the sun set behind the mountains with a glass of wine in hand. (877) 273-4843

Link: Bridgeview Vineyard & Winery Site

Foris Vineyards

When Ted Gerber planted his first vines in 1974, he had the passion and courage to develop premium Pinot Noir and Alsace varietal vineyards in the remote southwest corner of Oregon. To fulfill his dream, in 1986, he established an estate, family-owned, boutique winery surrounded by the beautiful, rustic Siskiyou Mountains. Today, as a testament to Ted’s vision, Foris produces elegant, complex wines, rich in flavor and texture, distinct to the microclimate and terroir of our estate vineyards. (800) 84-FORIS

Link: Foris Vineyards Site

Deer Creek Vineyards

Deer Creek Vineyards produces extraordinary, award winning, premium artisan wines at affordable prices. Deer Creek Vineyards wines are balanced wines that are earnest expressions of both the grape and the land from which it comes. Deer Creek Vineyards takes great pride in creating handcrafted and artisan wines that are healthy and free of dangerous additives and chemicals. Our wines are made with indigenous yeast versus cultured yeast. Indigenous yeast is the yeast that is found on the fruit, in the vineyard and truly reflects the land and the flavors that it comes from. (541) 597-4226

Link: Deer Creek Vineyards Site