GO HERE: Finding Falls at the Edge of Spring
As the snow begins to melt, our creeks and rivers start to swell. Take a little time to enjoy these nearby waterfalls during the first phase of springtime.
Dead Indian Soda Springs: This remote swimming hole offers a perfect water slide in the Rogue National Forest. This beautiful spot earned its unfortunate name when two white settlers discovered two dead Native Americans of the Tututni tribe near the creek. Today, one can still find a multitude of small mineral springs that feed into Dead Indian Creek outside Eagle Point. To get there just hike up the Soda Springs Trail from Camp Latgawa for a couple miles.
Toketee Falls: Perhaps one of the most famous waterfalls in Oregon, Toketee Falls is easy to get to, but hard to leave. The waters of the North Umpqua River have created a stunning columnar basalt formation which frames the falls. From the top, the waterfall drops 40 feet into a large pool and then plunges another 80 feet into the next. The Toketee Falls trailhead can be found .5 mile north of Highway 138 near Toketee Lake. The trail leading to the viewpoint is less than half a mile in length.
Watson Falls: Not far from Toketee Falls is the highest waterfall in Southern Oregon, falling 272 feet over the edge of yet another basalt lava flow. This beautiful moss-covered wonderland can be easily accessed off of highway 138 near Toketee Falls. Turn onto NF-37 and follow the short .4 mile hike from the parking lot. You’ll arrive at the base of the falls after crossing a series of wooden bridges.
Mill Falls and Barr Creek Falls: Just outside of Prospect, this two-for-one waterfall experience is a great way to spend the afternoon. Mill Creek Falls has a stunning drop of 173 feet, but is outmatched by its neighbor Barr Creek Falls which plummets 242 feet to the Rogue River below. Both falls have a consistent flow and can be appreciated year round. The riverbed is choked with boulders which beckon the physically adventurous for a good scramble. Directions: Just before Prospect, look for signs for Mill Creek Falls and turn right onto Prospect Access Road for a half mile. At the stop sign, turn left. The parking area is one mile down the road on the right.