We were planning a drive down to the Sacramento area and decided to split our drive up a bit by finding somewhere in the middle to stop. I really like Oregon’s State Parks and some friends had suggested Valley Of the Rogue State Park based on my criteria: southern Oregon or Northern California, easy freeway access, and safe.
The park is pretty big. There are 3 loops for folks with RVs, trailers or tenters who like electric and water right there. Some loops provide more hook ups. There is also a tent only loop.
The campground lies right along the Rogue River near Gold Hill, just south of Grants Pass and just north of Medford (roughly 45 minutes from the Oregon/California border). The downside is that it also lies right next to I-5 (remember me wanting easy freeway access…careful what you wish for!). Once I turned my fan off we could hear freeway traffic. Not ideal for a long stay, but for one night no problem. The crows are up nice and early too!
The campsites are really nice. Our spot (F17) was nice and flat and backed on to a grass field. We were right near the camp hosts, who were some of the nicest park hosts we have come across in a long time. The spots come with a picnic table, fire ring, electric and water. Bathrooms are nice, clean, and there are showers that are free to campers ($2.00 for non-campers).
The park itself was pretty and had a lovely paved bike path running through it. We enjoyed a bike ride after dinner. It is part of the Rouge River Greenway trail system.
There are Junior Ranger programs and the evening we were there, the Astronomy Club of Grants Pass had come down with high powered telescopes to look at the sky. We missed the presentation, but wish we had been able to go. It sounded cool!
All in all, it wasn’t our favorite campground, but we enjoyed our stay, felt safe, it was a great stop over place. It was a bit noisy with the freeway and there were some hungry deer flies and mosquitoes (ouch!). We would recommend for a one night stop over, or if you have good insulation or ear plugs if you are staying longer.