Hiouchi and Gasquet
These tiny hamlets are located on Hwy 199 near Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. They provide restaurants, lodging, RV sites, propane, supplies and ample outdoor recreation, as well as several public river access points. This area of Hwy 199 is home to the Smith River National Recreation Area, acclaimed as the cleanest watershed in the 48 contiguous United States. The road itself is a perfect example of a rural byway. Serving as the connection between California’s Crescent City at Coastal Hwy 101 and Oregon’s Grants Pass where it connects to I-5, Hwy 199 is a diverse adventure unto itself.
Things To Do
The area is filled with scenic vistas and opportunities for swimming, salmon and steelhead fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, photography, camping, hiking and gazing in awe-struck wonder. Also very popular are relaxing and taking it easy.
Moving eastward into Oregon on Hwy 199, you encounter the town of Cave Junction, at the heart of the Hwy 199 corridor. It is located in the basin of the Illinois River Valley and its tributaries, and nestled in the Siskiyou Mountains in the Klamath Range at an elevation of about 1329 ft. Scenic Cave Junction is a center for wine, retirement, tourism and small businesses. There are many shops and other amenities.
Things To Do
- Illinois Valley Golf Course
- Bigelow Lakes
- The Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside,
- Illinois River Forks State Park,
- Grayback Interpretive Area
- Kalmiopsis Wilderness at Babyfoot Lake
- Siskiyou Smokejumper Museum
- Rusk Ranch Nature Center
Kerby is an historic town situated along the wild Illinois River and surrounded by the forested splendor of the Siskiyou Mountains. The town of Kerby was the Josephine County seat in the mid-to-late 1800s, and the center of commerce in the heyday of the region’s gold mining past. Today Kerby serves as a hub of creative energy, filled with artists and artisans who are inspired by the area’s natural beauty, wealth of resources, and unique botanical and geological character.
Selma is the gateway to Southern Oregon’s wild and scenic Illinois River and the vast Kalmiopsis Wilderness, which stretches 60 miles westward through the mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The town businesses and services are located along a half mile stretch on both sides of Redwood Hwy 199, in a rustic setting surrounded by trees and mountains.
Things To Do
- Whitewater rafting
- Kerby Peak Trail
- Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area