Crater Lake & Oregon Caves Day Trip
2 Day Planned Itinerary to Explore Southern Oregon!
There are two great day-trips from Jacksonville that highlight the natural diversity of Southern Oregon – Crater Lake and Oregon Caves. Neither drive is too challenging but each makes a full day to get there, see the sites and get back. Check out our extensive planned days below for an exciting adventure including how to get there, tips and tricks and must see items!
A stunning National Park, Crater Lake is widely known for its intense blue color of the water and for being the deepest lake in the United States. Complete with spectacular views its absolutely a must see all year round.
Getting There: Crater Lake National Park is just under a two hour drive from Jacksonville and is so worth it. Driving directions are simple – head out of Jacksonville on Highway 238 which turns into Crater Lake Highway until you get to the park turnoff, you can’t miss it!
Tips & Tricks for a Great Day:
With no extra driving time you should also stop to see the Rogue River Gorge and Natural Bridge. It is a great way to break up the drive and you will regret it if you don’t see it. This section of the Wild and Scenic Upper Rogue River is forced through a narrow channel of ancient lava beds and is quite mesmerizing.
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