Southern Oregon Sightseeing the Easy Way

Along the highway between Roseburg, Oregon, and Diamond Lake, a number of areas in the Umpqua National Forest provide easy access to viewpoints of spectacular waterfalls. A part of our annual trip to Oregon is a visit with a friend who lives in Roseburg. After a week of strenuous outdoor activities we decided that we could allow ourselves one day that would involve more time driving instead of hiking to view this scenic part of southern Oregon.

We met our friends at the Toketee Ranger Station for a picnic lunch. We then drove the short distance to Toketee Falls and walked the half-mile trail to the viewpoint. A dive into the pool at the base of the falls would have been refreshing, but we couldn’t find a way to get close to the rocks at the edge of the falls.

The trail to Watson Falls approached the bottom of the falls so at this waterfall we could get close enough to feel the refreshing spray from the falls. Many ferns and lush vegetation take advantage of the shade and moisture here, which added to our enjoyment of this beautiful spot.

Toketee Falls
Toketee Falls

Trying to find a way to get to the pool at Toketee Falls.
Trying to find a way to get to the pool at Toketee Falls.
First view of Watson Falls.
First view of Watson Falls.
Watson Falls refreshment
Watson Falls refreshment
Lush vegetation at Watson Falls.
Lush vegetation at Watson Falls.
Nice stroll through woods on trail to Watson Falls.
Nice stroll through woods on trail to Watson Falls.

watson trail2

Author: bjregan

Enjoying retirement activities. Main goals for retirement are to stay spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.

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