America's Scenic Byways

Galice to Hellgate Back Country Byway

39 miles - Allow 1-2 hours to visit the byway

Drive on a road that traverses magnificent vistas of rocky river canyons and whitewater rapids, set against densely wooded hillsides. During one portion of this 39-mile route, the road climbs away from the river and into the Siskiyou Mountains, treating you to a spectacular view of nearby mountains and stands of Douglas fir.

Spend a few hours on the Rogue River enjoying the great white water rafting, fishing or taking a guided tour—the wooded slopes along the river provide a pleasant and relaxing view. Explore the paths alongside the river. One of the best hiking trails around is the famous Rogue River Wild and Scenic Trail.

Known as the "Gateway to the Wild and Scenic Rogue River", the town of Merlin is the perfect spot to pick up your supplies to enjoy this tour to explore the back roads of southern Oregon.

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