A Local Guide to Oregon's Highway of Waterfalls

A Local Guide to Oregon's Highway of Waterfalls

Adventure-seekers travel from far and wide to experience the wonders of the Oregon Highway of Waterfalls. Otherwise known as the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, this scenic stretch of highway meanders through the southern Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon and offers some of the most awe-inspiring views and exciting outdoor adventures. To help you better plan your next visit, we've outlined the most major stops along this natural wonder.


Your Waterfall Highway journey begins at Roseburg, home to the Douglas County Museum of Natural History and several wineries. While you are in Roseburg, be sure to stop by Susan Creek Falls and Fall Creek Falls before heading east along Highway 138.

Up the North Umpqua River

The North Umpqua River flows through steep, scenic canyons lined with towering Douglas-fir trees and lush forests. This stretch of Highway 138 is home to many of the area's 15 rushing waterfalls near Diamond Lake, including: 

  • Susan Creek Falls
  • Shadow Falls
  • Jack Falls
  • Steamboat Falls
  • Little Falls
  • Yakso Falls
  • Watson Falls
  • Whitehorse Falls
  • Hemlock Falls
  • Toketee Falls
  • Lemolo Falls
  • Clearwater Falls

This stretch of the North Umpqua River is famous for white water rafting and fly fishing, especially for anglers after steelhead trout and salmon.

Sparkling Diamond Lake

Eventually, the Highway of Waterfalls in Oregon bends south with the North Umpqua River to cradle Diamond Lake. This breathtaking alpine lake is excellent for swimming, fishing and other family-friendly outdoor activities.

Diamond Lake is also a short, westward trek from Mt. Bailey — a magnificent, 2,000-foot tall tephra cone volcano. If you take a small detour to the south, you will encounter Crater Lake National Park, home to the one-of-a-kind Crater Lake. This lake is the deepest in the United States and was formed by a volcanic eruption over 7,000 years ago.

Rogue River National Forest

After taking the bend along Highway 138 around Diamond Lake, you will veer west along Oregon Route 230. From here, the Highway of Waterfalls follows the wild, gushing Rogue River. In this area, families can visit the Historic Union Creek, a historic trail for the region's early settlers. 

If you enjoy boating or fishing, you will want to stop by Stewart State Park. You can expect to catch different varieties of salmon and trout in the Rogue River.

Gold Hill and Rogue Valley

Before ending the day's adventures, stop by the picturesque town of Gold Hill in Rogue Valley where the Rogue River rejoins Route 234. While you are there, visit Table Rocks — the remnants of a seven-million-year-old lava eruption.

Just a few miles north of Gold Hill is also Nugget Falls, a popular attraction for whitewater kayakers.

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