Oregon is pretty big. It’s the ninth largest state in the U.S., covering nearly 100,000 square miles. There are a lot of places to explore. So it’s no wonder that everyone who visits Oregon has a different story to tell. From fly-fishing along the North Umpqua River to meteor shower viewings from a mountaintop, Oregon has a lot to offer. We asked some of the state’s best known travelers to share some of their favorite spots. Take a look at the My Oregon series and maybe you’ll be inspired to embark on your own adventure.
Tally is a true Pacific Northwest native, born and raised in Portland, who has spent her entire life exploring the vast wilderness of the state. When Tally is not in the city working as a graphic designer, she can be found backpacking, hiking, and camping across Oregon.
Musick Guard Station
Nothing inside except wood platform beds and a stove for heating and cooking provides a truly rustic experience in a historic Oregon guard station. You can imagine the Musick Guard Station hasn’t changed much since this cabin was in use by fire crews who patrolled this area in the Umpqua National Forest in the 1930s-60s.
Finding places off the beaten path is what I strive for everytime I explore in Oregon. Scrambling up a creek with to find this waterfall on a rainy day proved its challenges, but as soon as you can feel the thunder of the falls, you know it was totally worth it.
Staying in a fire lookout in Oregon is unique but this one is a truly unforgettable experience. Still used in active fire detection today, the Acker Rock fire lookout, located in the Umpqua National Forest, was placed on the rocky cliff with drops on all sides via a helicopter in the 1960’s. I can’t wait to head back here in September!