Gold Nugget Wayside, things to do, hiking, hikes, trails, favorite locations, outdoor adventure, Medford, waterfalls


Found at the start of Southern Oregon’s Rogue-Umpqua Scenic byway, Gold Nugget Wayside is a remote oasis. The lovely, cascading falls make a perfect place for picnics, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, and even swimming!

At the trailhead, take time to read about the history of the area and its significance to the Takelma people, the original inhabitants of the land. The short river trail offers access to the shoreline and several accessible picnic tables as well as amazing views of raging rapids along the mighty Rogue River. The further you travel along the river, the less maintained the trail is, so be prepared with insect repellent as the grass is tall in some areas.

Gold Nugget Wayside is the perfect place for anyone wanting to get into hiking, as it offers a flat yet scenic hike. Along the river, you may encounter mallard ducks, river otters, deer, eagles and ospreys, and other wild animals. Be sure to bring a camera to capture some of the great views along the river, as well as these beautiful creatures!

Gold Nugget Wayside, things to do, hiking, hikes, trails, favorite locations, outdoor adventure, Medford, waterfalls

Gold Nugget Wayside

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Average Distance: 1/4 - 1 mile

Parking: Free

Restrooms: Pit toilet at trailhead 

Optimal Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Watson Falls is great for kids, day hiking, photography, and dog walking with a leash! Be cautious of ticks and poison oak in the hotter months, and mud or slippery conditions in the cooler months.

Gold Nugget Wayside, things to do, hiking, hikes, trails, favorite locations, outdoor adventure, Medford, waterfalls

Take Interstate 5 north to Gold Hill, Exit 40. Turn right toward State Hwy 99/State Hwy 234/Gold Hill/Scenic Byway Then left on to Highway 99/2nd Street for .4 miles. Turn right onto Dardanelles St/Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway over the railroad tracks then right onto 4th street which turns into OR-234 E/Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway for 2.4 miles. Gold Nugget Wayside will be on your right.

This wonderful treasure is a great way to spend time in nature with your friends, family or furry friend! The flat, unbeaten path is a great way for those wanting to dip their toes in the water of the hiking realm a taste of what it can be like. Ready for another beautiful adventure? We can't blame you! With many lovely locations to explore, the Heart of the Rogue is full of endless possibilities just waiting for you to uncover them!

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