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    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Road Work, Expect Delays

    ODOT will be preparing highway 46 for asphalt patching. Please use caution when traveling between the monument and Grayback Campground. Various work will be from continue until July 31, 2014.

  • Watch for Wildlife

    Please be on the lookout for fawns on the section of Caves Highway around Caves Campground! There is at least one very young one that is using the pavement as his transportation corridor.

River Access

Caves Creek, Cave Junction, Oregon

Travel Time: 10 - 15 minutes

Distance: 4 miles from Oregon Caves down Hwy 46

There is a day use area at Caves Creek campground. It is across from the campground host's site.

 

Sucker Creek, Cave Junction, Oregon

Travel Time: 25 - 30 minutes

Distance: 8 miles from Oregon Caves down Hwy 46

There is a day use area at Grayback campground along with camping facilities. There are also picnic areas from the days of the Civilican Conservation Corp (CCC).

 

Illinois River, Cave Junction, Kerby, & O'Brien, & Selma, Oregon

Travel Time: about 1 hour

Distance: at least 20 miles from Oregon Caves

The wild section of the Illinois River runs for 29 miles through forests and steep canyons through the Illinois Valley.

You can also enjoy a picnic after your swim at the day-use park of Illinois River Forks State Park. Please visit the Illinois Valley Visitor Center for more information.

 

Rogue River, Grants Pass and Rogue River, Oregon

Travel Time: 1 ½ hours

Distance: at least 40 miles from Oregon Caves

Recreational opportunities abound on the Rogue River and surrounding forest, from white water rafting to wilderness camping, from lake and stream fishing to winter snowmobiling.

 

Smith River, National Recreation Area, California

Travel Time: 1 ½ hours

Distance: approximately 70 miles from Oregon Caves

If you go to Redwood National Park, in California, you will drive through this recreation area that has one of the most beautiful rivers you may ever see. There is excellent swimming in the summer at Smith River National Recreation Area. The scenery is breathtaking as the river flows through the Redwood Forest at Jedediah Smith Campground. Many hiking trails run through the area which makes for great day-hikes.

Did You Know?

Horse riders rode about 12 miles to Cave Camp located next to the entrance of Oregon Caves.

Up until 1922 the only way to get to Oregon Caves was on a 12 mile trail from the town of Williams, Oregon. Once at Oregon Caves visitors explored the cave and spent the night at a camp outside the entrance to the cave.