7 Wonders of Union Creek
For residents and visitors who love Oregon, Travel Oregon has created a powerful campaign touting our very best sights, sounds, and experiences called “The 7 Wonders of Oregon.” Because we love our own amazing surroundings and want the world to know about them, we were inspired to create our own list: The 7 Wonders of Union Creek with amazing discoveries and experiences at and around Union Creek Resort.
Our list includes one big one that’s part of Oregon’s list, as well as six others that are must-sees to believe. We invite you to experience these close by locations for yourself!
1 – Crater Lake National Park
Located just 23 miles from Union Creek Resort, Crater Lake National Park is also one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon and Oregon’s only National Park, established in 1902. At 1,943 feet deep, the lake is deepest in the U.S. It was formed after Mt. Mazama erupted and collapsed 7,700 years ago. The caldera rim is between 7,000 and 8,000 feet high and offers beautiful views of the strikingly blue lake, along with Wizard Island. An absolute must-see to believe.
2 – Rogue River Gorge
See and hear the powerful, gushing waters of the Wild & Scenic Rogue River as it courses through a narrow channel (10 feet in places) of basalt lava. The Rogue River Gorge, literally steps away from Union Creek Resort, features cascading waterfalls at the head of the gorge and churning, rushing waters through ancient lava tubes. The short, half-mile paved interpretive path leads to four different viewpoints for incredible views. The gorge is part of the Upper Rogue River Trail – a National Recreation Trail in the Rogue River National Forest – which also leads to Natural Bridge.
3 – Natural Bridge
Just a short drive south from Union Creek, or a continuing hike from Rogue River Gorge on the Upper Rogue River Trail, you’ll see where the Wild & Scenic Rogue River performs a disappearing act. At Natural Bridge, the Rogue River disappears into the ground while flowing through a 250-foot lava tube before bubbling to the surface.
4 – Local Waterfalls
You’ll find waterfalls of all types at and around Union Creek Resort. From roiling, boiling, thundering waterfalls to gently cascading riffles to barely a trickle, you can go on a waterfalls hiking or driving tour in any direction. There are several creeks, rivers, and land formations throughout the area that make for spectacular waterfalls.
- National Creek Falls – 9 miles north of Union Creek on Highway 62. Moderate .8 mile trail down going and upcoming. The thundering waterfalls creates mist to keep you cool in the summer months. Shaded, mixed conifer forest trail that ends at the base of the waterfalls.
- Clearwater Falls – 40 miles from Union Creek off Highway 138. Unlike most waterfalls, this one appears to be springing out from beneath the green, moss-covered rocks and thousands of intertwined tree roots. The ground under the falls is permeated with soft soil which allows the river to seep in and out of the ground at will. On Clearwater Creek.
- Whitehorse Falls – 40 miles from Union Creek off Highway 138. Also on Clearwater Creek, Whitehorse Falls comes out of a narrow trough and tumbles 14 feet over a wall into a large pool down below.
- Watson Falls – 47 miles from Union Creek off Highway 138. The third highest waterfall in Oregon, Watson Falls is a majestic sight with water cascading 272 feet over basalt lava cliffs – and you can walk under the falls. Located in the Umpqua National Forest, 47 miles from Union Creek, the trail is an easy .6 miles.
- Knob Falls – located between Natural Bridge and Union Creek on the Upper Rogue Trail, this falls plunges about 15 feet into a narrow pool.
- Mill Creek Falls – 175-foot high waterfalls 16 miles away in Prospect. The towering falls are visible from across the Rogue River Canyon at the edge of a seep gorge.
- Barr Creek Falls – just a few hundred yards from Mill Creek Falls is the taller, multi-stepped Barr Falls. The water first drops over a 60-foot wall partly obscured by trees, then down another 30 feet, and finally an impressive 150 feet drop to the canyon floor.
- Fall Creek Falls – off Highway 138, the Falls Creek Falls Trail features two waterfalls. The first is an 80-foot drop, and 100 feet downstream is the lower 40-foot falls.
- Toketee Falls – off Highway 138, 49 miles from Union Creek, this is one of Oregon’s most famous waterfalls renowned for its columnar basalt formation framing the two-stepped falls. Toketee Falls drops 113 feet, which includes a 28-foot upper tier plunging into a pool flanked by a deep alcove, and then an 85-foot plunge into a large pool.
- Vidae Falls – 23 miles away at Crater Lake National Park, Vidae Creek cascades over a three-stepped bluff, dropping 115 feet before flowing under the Crater Rim drive.
5 – Beckie’s Famous Homemade Pies
While Beckie’s Café is well-known for home-style cooking, and friendly, down-home service, it’s renowned for its delicious freshly baked pies which are homemade each day. For more than 90 years, Beckie’s has been satisfying customers from across the U.S. with a wide selection of pies – now including huckleberry, blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, cherry, apple, pecan, chocolate, coconut, peanut butter, banana and more.
Did you know: The original “Beckie” was actually a man – Ed Becklehymer started the restaurant in 1922. After he passed away, his wife Cecil also became known as “Beckie” and continued to run the business until the 1960’s.
6 – Avenue of the Boulders
Just up from Mill Creek Falls near Prospect, Avenue of the Boulders was created when Mt. Mazama erupted 7,700 years ago (resulting in Crater Lake) and threw large boulders to this location more than two dozen miles away. The Rogue River flows through, around, and over the boulders and has created calm pools of water and sandy beaches. The Avenue can be seen from the Mill Creek Drive Bridge crossing the Rogue River, or you can hike down the Mill Creek Falls Trail for a closer, more inspiring first-hand look. You can also see Mt. McLoughlin in the distance.
7 – Takelma Gorge
Just 6 miles south of Union Creek Resort you’ll find a spectacular sight in Takelma Gorge, a half-mile-long, 150-foot-deep slot in which the Upper Rogue River charges through ancient lava with vigor. Another result of Mt. Mazama’s eruption 7,700 years ago, Takelma Gorge was formed when 650 feet of lava and ash settled on the Rogue Valley. The Rogue River flows through a crack in the lava where water eroded a canyon.
There are two ways to get to Takelma Gorge by a relatively easy hike that’s suitable for families with children. From Union Creek Resort, drive 6 miles to the Woodruff Bridge Picnic Area and park. Takelma Gorge is a 4-mile round trip hike from Woodruff Bridge travelling south on the Rogue River. The second route is from River Bridge, which is about a mile past Woodruff Bridge, and bit longer hike at 7 miles round trip, and travelling north on the Rogue.