I was on an adventure to connect with the Redwods (see https://www.travelpacificnw.com/accessible-travel-blog/redwoods-california ) and Crescent City ( https://www.travelpacificnw.com/accessible-travel-blog/crescent-city-its-coasts ) from Portland OR, so naturally I had the opportunity to journey through Southern Oregon:
Major Parks in Cottage Grove https://www.cottagegrove.org/cd/page/parks
If you have more time to spend in the area, nearby lakes offer more recreational opportunities:
Dorena Lake to the east—take Row River Rd along the north side of the lake to find Rat Creek Bridge, Row River Recreational Trail, Harms Park, and on to Dorena (further exploration left to the reader). To drive along the south side of the lake, take Shoreline Dr/Government Road for Schwarz Park on the west end of the lake, Baker Bay Campground & Marina on the south side, Vaughn County Park and Bake Stewart Park on the south end of the lake, and further south is Dorena and beyond. to the south—take London Rd along the west side of the Lake, to Lakeside Park. Cottage Grove Reservoir Rd, off London Rd, goes along the east side of the lake, to Shortridge Park, Pine Meadows Campground, a primitive campground, and Wilson Creek Park.
Gettings Creek Rest Area—just north of Cottage Grove OR
If you don’t have time to stay over in or around Cottage Grove this trip, and just need to make a pit stop, this can be your spot. I had time to check out one more stop as it was getting dark, at Gettings Creek Rest Area. One of the two restroom buildings was open and accessible, and they had a room set aside for a disabled person and companion. At least one covered and one uncovered picnic table was accessible and on pavement; a regular drinking fountain and a lowered one attempted to suit anyone’s needs. An information gazebo had nothing about the Oregon Trail, but considerable tourist information.
Stanton County Park has picnic tables, fire rings, pavilion, horseshoes, swimming, restroom, trails, fishing, boating, campground (tenting as well as complete RV amenities), showers. Exit 99, then go east of the freeway. https://www.co.douglas.or.us/parks/view_park.asp?index=4&features&cnt
Canyonville is home to 7 Feathers Casino resort http://sevenfeathers.com/
South of Canyonville I passed over the 2020’ pass twice in 2020.
Wolf Creek—20 miles north of Grants Pass, exit 76 off I-5
Wolf Creek is an historic village with the 136-year-old Wolf Creek Inn: a welcome reprieve along the stage coach route. You can still book a room there, as did Clark Gable and Jack London. It's also an event venue you can book. The following website includes videos
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I've been in a wheelchair for 30+ years. It poses some challenges for traveling. Maybe others can benefit from my experiences.