“spectacular scenery from high mountain lakes, heart-stopping rapids, & peaceful pines”
The Umpqua National Forest is nestled on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Explosive geologic events shaped the distinctive landscape on the 983,129-acre forest, and provide spectacular scenery as well as an abundance of natural and cultural resources. Visitors discover a diverse place of thundering waters, high mountain lakes, heart-stopping rapids, and peaceful ponds. The Forest is characterized by its many waterfalls, including the 293-foot Watson Falls on the North Umpqua Highway. High Cascades glaciation, whitewater rapids and explosive volcanic events have shaped the spectacular scenery and abundant natural resources of the Umpqua National Forest.The lands were included as part of the Cascade Forest Reserve in 1893. In 1908, Congress designated close to a million acres as the Umpqua National Forest.The headwaters of the North and South Umpqua rivers and Row River begin on the Forest. Verdant stands of hemlock, true fir, Douglas-fir and cedar transition to lower elevation forests of mixed conifers and hardwoods. The waterways and diverse landscapes of the Forest create desirable habitat for many species of fish and wildlife in addition to providing outstanding recreational opportunities to our local communities and visitors.
The map and navigation feature lead you to a town just off the 5. Be aware, however that the Umpqua National Forest is accessed from the 138 beginning about 15 miles east of the town. Watson falls is at the 60.5 mile market at road 37. Unfortunately I turned around halfway there doubting I had enough gas to get me there and back. If you cannot spare an hour out and back for the falls, the 138 runs alongside a beautifully scenic river and there are turnouts for photos or a quick swim.
Drove along the river and constantly asked my boyfriend to pull over so I could stare at the water and take photos of this forests beauty. Saw lots of bald eagles around, too. Wish we had time to see more.
Went kayaking on the North Umpqua and explored the forest. Such a gorgeous place!
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