There is something about being outside – breathing in wonderfully fresh air, feeling the sun on your skin and taking in the scenery – that brings you back to the simple pleasures of your childhood. With the Woodland Trails and Forest Park right here, plus the surrounding region that is ideal for mountain biking, road biking, all levels of hiking, river rafting, skiing and fishing, you can take in the scenery, learn some history and recapture the freedom of being an 8 year old.
Day 1 – Morning: Start your day on the Woodland Trails:
20 miles of trails right in town means you can spend the morning or nearly the entire day enjoying the trails and peering into our local history. The narrative signs scattered along the Jacksonville Woodland Trails highlight the areas gold mining days – both in the 1800’s and during the Depression. There is also information on the local flora for those with a botanical bent.
Go to Ray’s Food Place on 5th Street to get everything you need for a picnic. There is a deli with MTO sandwiches as well as pre-made items and a full grocery store’s selection of other items. Doc Griffith Park is also on 5th street just a block past California. There are tables in the open spaces as well as a pavilion.
Day 1 – Afternoon: Segway Narrated Tour
If you have never been on a Segway Personal Transporter you are in for some fun! The staff at Segway of Jacksonville does a nice job training you to maneuver on these devices before taking you an a tour with historic highlights. They give just the right amount of information while also letting you play on your Segway a little bit.
Head out of town just barely a mile to get to the turn off for Jacksonville’s newly established Forest Park. Hiking, Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding are all welcome on these trails.
Incredible views and steeper terrain make for very rewarding time.
Day 2 – Afternoon: Hit the River
During the summer season going rafting or jet-boating is another great way to enjoy the outdoors and to see nature for a very different perspective – on the river. Rogue Jet Boat Adventures is the only touring company with access to the most beautiful, natural, untouched sections of the upper Rogue River. a You will enjoy unparalleled views of the magnificent Table Rocks, favorite Rogue River fishing outpost of Theodore Roosevelt, multimillion dollar homes and the homestead fishing get away retreat for Ginger Rogers, Clark Gable and other well know celebrities.
If rafting is more your thing, Indigo Creek Outfitters offers 1/2 day and full day excursions on the Rogue and Upper Klamath rivers. They also offer a Table Rocks Float Trip for those a little less adventure oriented. The company is based out of Ashland, but is a convenient option for Jacksonville.
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