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National Creek Falls

Photo taken in August 2008

On the Friday of Labor Day weekend we decided to visit this waterfall since we hadn’t previously. The drive was very easy and very beautiful. We were on paved road for everything but the last few feet.

Amazingly enough, we were the only ones there! That is one of the things I love about Southern Oregon. Places that would have hundreds of people elsewhere are empty, or nearly so, here. While not as spectacular as SilverĀ Falls near Salem, this place is still wonderful. We enjoyed a lunch and a soak in the freezing cold water.

Note that you may want warmer clothes than what the temperature in the parking lot would seem to indicate. It was over 90 degrees in the parking lot on the day we went, but I’m guessing it wasn’t more than 75 degrees once we hiked the half mile down to the falls. You can feel the temperature drop with each step you take on the downward, swichbacking path.

To get to the falls from the Rogue Valley take Highway 62 east from Medford to the Union Creek area. The road splits with a right turn taking cars off to Crater Lake. Don’t turn. Continue straight on Highway 230 north toward Diamond Lake. At mile marker 6 turn right on Forest Road 6530. These roads are clearly marked, and there are signs to National Creek Falls several places along the way so don’t worry. Stay on Road 6530 for 1.3 miles; bear left at a fork in the road to stay on 6530. Continue about 2.5 miles to a junction with Road 300. Turn right and the parking lot will be immediately in front of you.

You can make this your only stop on a short day trip if you get a late start, or if you get an early start you can make it one stop on a trip to or from Diamond Lake, Crater Lake, or the Rogue River Gorge. Note that once the snows hit you won’t be able to drive on Road 6530.

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