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In our nooks and valleys, you’ll find vineyards, lavender fields, historic sites, swimming holes, farmers’ markets, over 70 different wine varieties and hiking trails that traverse one of the most biodiverse regions in North America—our Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains.

This land was made for wandering.


An Oasis of Wine

Recognized as wine country since the mid-1800’s when renaissance man Peter Britt nurtured the first winegrapes, the Applegate Valley’s viticultural spirit has overcome many obstacles: Prohibition, skeptics, its far-flung location, and all of the challenges of farming.

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Explore our endless forests

Hiking in the Applegate Valley — a place where the Coast Range, Siskiyous and Cascades meet in Southern Oregon — never gets dull. Trails traverse open savannahs, cross desert-sage landscapes and wend into galleries of lush old growth.

“Every major ecosystem in the West collides here,” says Applegate Valley conservationist, author and trail advocate Luke Ruediger.

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Off in the wild blue wander

The Applegate Valley is home to one of the country’s premier ‘free-flight’ sites: Woodrat Mountain. The right wind flows, strong thermals, gorgeous scenery, good weather and multiple landing fields make this a beloved destination for both paraglider and hang glider pilots.

Although it takes special training to fly solo, anyone can sign up for a tandem flight with local outfitter Sundog Paragliding School. These pros launch from Woodrat April through October. This is wine country, so you may touch down at LongSword Vineyard. Toast your flight with a glass of semi-sparkling chardonnay (a local favorite!).

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Smell the lavender

The Applegate Valley may be better-known for wine, but an increasing number of lavender fields give this region an even more ProvenVal flair.

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A land of deep history

It’s good to remember, when we walk in the woods and through the meadows, up the mountain and across the rivers, that we step where other feet have trod, that we are a part of the history of these mountains just as were the people who came before us. –Diana Coogle, Applegate author

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Rest your weary head

A long day wandering calls for a good night’s sleep. There all many ways to overnight in the Applegate Valley: A grand river lodge, dozens of bed & breakfasts, yurts, cabins, tent spots –even a gussied-up covered wagon!

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From the ground to your plate

All of our wineries serve food, ranging from a simple cheese-and-cracker plates to elaborate charcuterie boards to full-blown meals.

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Applegate Wander-list

Enjoy a lavender-chocolate brownie under the walnut tree at the Applegate River Lavender Farm.

Have a pisco sour by the Applegate River at the Lindsay Lodge.

Buy a ‘Mustard Piggy’ before they sell out at Pennington Farms.

Try a lavender-rosé mojito at Red Lily.

Look for rare and gorgeous fritillaria flowers on the East Applegate Ridge Trail.

Find the Big Foot Trap on the Collings Mountain Trail.

Get a tarot card reading and a cup of tea at Nymph & Woodsman.

Make new friends at a Winemakers Dinner or Supper Club.

Listen to music and shop for produce at the locals Farmers Markets.

Try a flight of “perries” at Blossom Barn Cidery.

Read our stories

April 6, 2023

41st annual Quilt Show coming up in May in Grants Pass

By Brenda Ferrario Article originally published in spring 2023 Applegater Newsmagazine The Rogue Valley Piecemakers, including members from the Applegate Valley, will hold their 41st annual Quilt Show on Friday…
March 29, 2023

The Applegate Valley’s newest, community-based, hiking trail collaboration

By Luke Ruediger Applegate Siskiyou Alliance (ASA) and the Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have spent numerous years working to design the Tallowbox Trail, a newly approved, nonmotorized…
March 15, 2023

Mingle with Applegate Artists…

These Applegate Artists will be featured at Talk of the Town in Jacksonville on Thursday, March 16th at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville.  Prepare yourself for lively conversation--and wine…