Smith River Road

OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Lower Smith River, The Smith River Road hugs the tidal inlet at the mouth of Smith River, with panoramic views; fog. [Ask for #276.004.] 

Smith River Road crosses the Coast Range in an eighty-five mile long paved drive. It starts at Reedsport at the first right turn just over the Umpqua River Bridge, and emerges from the forests onto SR 99 just 4.5 miles from I-5. It is definitely a long-cut. The Smith River slices through these mountains in a seemingly endless series of meanders and this road follows it closely. It does this for seventy-nine miles, slowly climbing to 1,300 feet, then losing all that elevation in the last six miles. Along the way it passes through the Suislaw National Forest and numerous squares of the BLM checkerboard; as elsewhere, private owners heavily log every other square.

 
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Lower Smith River, View from bridge over the Smith River (CR 195, South Smith River Road) [Ask for #276.007.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Lower Smith River, View from bridge over the Smith River (CR 195, South Smith River Road) [Ask for #276.007.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, North Fork Community, View over North Fork Smith River [Ask for #276.017.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, North Fork Community, View over North Fork Smith River [Ask for #276.017.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, North Fork Community, Panoramic view over North Fork Smith River [Ask for #276.016.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, North Fork Community, Panoramic view over North Fork Smith River [Ask for #276.016.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, North Fork Community, Panoramic view over North Fork Smith River [Ask for #276.023.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, North Fork Community, Panoramic view over North Fork Smith River [Ask for #276.023.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, North Fork Community, Lower Smith River Road at North Fork [Ask for #276.025.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, North Fork Community, Lower Smith River Road at North Fork [Ask for #276.025.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Lower Smith River, View over the Smith River as it runs beneath steep mountain slopes. [Ask for #276.029.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Lower Smith River, View over the Smith River as it runs beneath steep mountain slopes. [Ask for #276.029.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Lower Smith River, Smith River Road runs beneath cliffs in a road cut. [Ask for #276.034.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Lower Smith River, Smith River Road runs beneath cliffs in a road cut. [Ask for #276.034.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Smith River Falls, A small waterfall in the Smith River [Ask for #276.038.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Smith River Falls, A small waterfall in the Smith River [Ask for #276.038.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Middle Smith River, The Carpenter Fir, a record Douglas Fir tree. Smith River Road runs along side it. [Ask for #276.051.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Middle Smith River, The Carpenter Fir, a record Douglas Fir tree. Smith River Road runs along side it. [Ask for #276.051.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, Waterfall beside Smith River Road [Ask for #276.748.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, Waterfall beside Smith River Road [Ask for #276.748.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, BLM sign marks the Smith River Road intersection with a side road, in front of a quarry. [Ask for #276.745.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, BLM sign marks the Smith River Road intersection with a side road, in front of a quarry. [Ask for #276.745.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, Logging bridge over the Smith River, with an open yellow gate [Ask for #276.119.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, Logging bridge over the Smith River, with an open yellow gate [Ask for #276.119.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, Still water on the Smith River in late fall [Ask for #276.127.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, Still water on the Smith River in late fall [Ask for #276.127.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, Smith River Road switchbacks up a mountain; school bus on road. [Ask for #276.819.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Upper Smith River, Smith River Road switchbacks up a mountain; school bus on road. [Ask for #276.819.]

South Sister Road

Named for a logging camp, this road heads eastward where the Smith River zags southward. It climbs rapidly to a steep and narrow gap, where a 2016 clearcut gives dramatic scenery. If you are going to Eugene this is the shorter route.

OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Oxbow Road, Oxbow Road climbs out of the Smith River Valley through a mixed forest in fall color. [Ask for #276.053.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Oxbow Road, Oxbow Road climbs out of the Smith River Valley through a mixed forest in fall color. [Ask for #276.053.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Oxbow Road, Oxbow Road climbs out of the Smith River Valley and into a recent clearcut. [Ask for #276.057.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Oxbow Road, Oxbow Road climbs out of the Smith River Valley and into a recent clearcut. [Ask for #276.057.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Oxbow Road, Oxbow Road crosses the Pacific Divide in a clearcut. [Ask for #276.064.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Oxbow Road, Oxbow Road crosses the Pacific Divide in a clearcut. [Ask for #276.064.]

Vincent Creek Road

This narrow, paved side road climbs steeply southward from the Smith River to reach 1,600 feet. It's a very scenic drive through forests and along streams, although not an easy one. Interestingly enough it has a CCC cabin at each end. It comes out on SR 38 at Scottsburg, where it's called Wells Creek Road.

OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Vincent Creek Road, Rapids on Vincent Creek [Ask for #276.105.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Vincent Creek Road, Rapids on Vincent Creek [Ask for #276.105.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Vincent Creek Road, Late season fall colors in fog [Ask for #276.101.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Vincent Creek Road, Late season fall colors in fog [Ask for #276.101.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Vincent Creek Road, Narrow paved BLM road through mixed forest in fall colors; fog [Ask for #276.098.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Vincent Creek Road, Narrow paved BLM road through mixed forest in fall colors; fog [Ask for #276.098.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Vincent Creek Road, Small bridge on this BLM road with late season fall colors [Ask for #276.103.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Vincent Creek Road, Small bridge on this BLM road with late season fall colors [Ask for #276.103.]

Weatherly-Big Creek Road

This too runs between Smith River Road and SR 38. It tops out just shy of 1,300 feet, with stunning views over recent clearcuts.

OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Weatherly-Big Creek Road, Narrow paved BLM road runs through meadows and forests [Ask for #276.716.]


OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Weatherly-Big Creek Road, Narrow paved BLM road runs through meadows and forests [Ask for #276.716.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Weatherly-Big Creek Road, A BLM road runs through clearcuts as it crosses an unnamed ridge. The road is visible below as it descends the moutian. [Ask for #276.739.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Weatherly-Big Creek Road, A BLM road runs through clearcuts as it crosses an unnamed ridge. The road is visible below as it descends the moutian. [Ask for #276.739.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Weatherly-Big Creek Road, View over clearcuts from a BLM road as it crosses an unnamed ridge. [Ask for #276.729.]
OR: Douglas County, Coast Range, Smith River Area, Weatherly-Big Creek Road, View over clearcuts from a BLM road as it crosses an unnamed ridge. [Ask for #276.729.]

Map of the Smith River Area

990.144.jpg The green road through the center is the scenic Smith River Road. The two roads highlighted in brown, South Sister and Weatherly Creek, are also very scenic.
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