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Tank of Gas Getaway: Umpqua National Forest

Umpqua Nat’l Forest, Ore. — In this edition of Tank of Gas Getaway, NBC5’s Joe Camarlinghi takes us along on a special hike along the northern Umpqua River, and area some call “Waterfall Heaven”.

Umpqua National Forest Ranger Emily Veale said, “Hikes in the Umpqua National Forest and our waterfalls are really family friendly. There are hikes that are really short where you can just pop out of your car and hike to the falls or there are ones that are more arduous so there are waterfalls that span the whole gamut of age groups and everyone can enjoy the Umpqua”

Whether you stick to the easy hikes or you want to attack some of the more advanced trails, Ranger Emily said always remember to tell someone where you’re headed and be prepared for the environment, “Be aware of poison oak. That is something to worry about when hiking the trails. As much as we try to groom the trails and keep them in as best shape as we can there is poison oak all along there so it may be advantageous to bring Tecnu skin cleanser or something to use for poison oak. Rocks and roots — that is something to worry about. You’ll see some wildlife snails and slugs, but pretty much and large wildlife you won’t have to worry about.”

Fall Creek Falls is a double-tiered waterfall is right off Highway 138 at mile-post 32. It’s about a mile round-trip and while the flow is down a bit, it’s still a great spot cool off.

You may remember Susan Creek Falls from some of our past Tank of Gas Getaway adventures, which is the first waterfall on Highway 138.

There is the famous Toketee Falls and so many great waterfalls and spots on the Umpqua River and Steamboat Creek to stop, fish, camp, or have a picnic. The area is even better during the fall.

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