See and hear the powerful, gushing waters of the Wild & Scenic Rogue River as it courses through a narrow channel – as little as 10 feet in places – of basalt lava at this breathtaking, awe-inspiring sight. The Rogue River Gorge, across Hwy 62 from Union Creek Resort, features cascading waterfalls at the head of the gorge and churning, rushing waters through ancient lava tubes. These tubes have formed caves in and around the Rogue River, some of which you can see and some remaining unseen under the water’s surface.
The Rogue Gorge Overlook and Interpretive Site provides a short, easy, paved trail with signs to help you with the geological history, which dates back 1.25 million years. The magic of the river thundering down the narrow gorge will remain with you. The Gorge Overlook is also the start of the north entrance to the 3.5-mile Rogue River Gorge Trail, a National Recreation Trail which also leads to Natural Bridge.
Even recently the Rogue River has continued to change. In the big 1996 flood, the Rogue River changed course just before entering the gorge. The river now runs right along the highway, making it easy to stop your car and get a great photo.
Where: About 11 miles north of Prospect on Hwy 62, on the east border of the Rogue River National Forest. Just across the highway is the Historic Union Creek Resort.
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