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Quick Facts
Designation: BLM Back Country Byway
Designation: Oregon State Scenic Byway
Fees: No fees known.
Length, One-Way: 45 Miles (75.0 Kilometers)
Time: 1-2 hours minimum.


General Information

Description - The Cow Creek Tour Route is a refreshing break from the steady highway pace; this 45-mile detour wanders with Cow Creek as it dips through the Coast mountain range. The route is spread with quaint farms and ranches, stately forests, massive rock outcroppings, and spring waterfalls. Depending on the season, you can absorb the plethora of wildflowers or the bright reds and yellows of autumn. The route is covered in history. You can see mines and tailings from the last operating nickel mine and smelter in the continental U.S. Also, shortly after you pass Tunnel No.1 of the Historic Oregon and California Railroad, you can pan for gold just as miners did nearly 150 years ago. Two steel girder bridges along the route (built in 1905) are still in use today.

Attractions - The Cow Creek Tour Route is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - Travelers can enjoy camping, picnicking, interpretive sites, recreational gold panning and viewing scenery.

Climate - Climate in this region varies with elevation and from east to west. The western portions of this region experience higher precipitation and more moderate temperatures year-round. The eastern end of this region is much more arid, with warmer summer temperatures and colder winter temperatures. The higher elevations receive abundant winter snowfall which stays on the ground until early summer in the high mountains.

Location - Cow Creek Tour Route is located in the southwestern part of Oregon. The route starts at Exit 103, 21 miles south of Roseburg. The route loops toward the west and ends when it joins I-5 at Exit 80, 18 miles north of Grants Pass.

Directions from : The route starts at exit 103, 21 miles south of Roseburg. The route loops toward the west and ends when it joins I-5 at exit 80, 18 miles north of Grants Pass.


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Additional Information:
Oregon Scenic Byways - Oregon offers a multitude of national, state, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Forest byways. These byways include five National Scenic Byways and three All-American Roads.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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