Old "Teepee" Burner along the ride not far from South Umpqua Falls

Tiller Town & South Umpqua Falls

Cycle Along A Beautiful Bike Way To Some of Western Oregon’s Most Remote Towns 

 

Starting out at Stanton CountyPark located between Tri-City and Canyonville, just off I-5.   The Park offers restrooms, RV and vehicle parking, and play structures for kids.  There is a fee for parking there.

Out and back to Tiller, Oregon is 49 miles.  Out and back to South Umpqua Falls is 88 miles.  You’re likely to encounter very few vehicles on the road after you turn east towards Days Creek and Tiller from Main Street in Canyonville, Oregon.  It’s a very gradual climb heading out east and then in your favor coming back, although there is usually a headwind.  You will be riding along the South Umpqua River the entire way.  There is almost no point in which you cannot see it.

You will go through Days Creek 9 miles out.  There is a store there.  At 19 miles out, you pass the Milo Academy campus with it’s covered bridge and beautiful landscapes and river views.  A little further on, you’ll come to the Bear Market on the left, which might have supplies if you need them.

There’s a Parking Area with a toilet at about mile 22.  Tiller comes at 24.5 miles.  A good amount of shoulder on the road up until Tiller makes it more relaxing though there should not be much traffic.  There are presently no stores or services in Tiller.  Just beyond Tiller is a Umpqua National Forest Ranger Station if you cross the bridge across the South Umpqua River.  During business hours, helpful personnel at the Ranger Station can give you good information about the area and the lobby has restrooms.  The District compound contains historic structures, including the Ranger House and a Wildfire Lookout that was brought to the site many years ago for public display.

To continue up to South Umpqua Falls, you must make a left turn just on the edge of Tiller onto South Umpqua Road #46, immediately before the bridge to the Ranger Station.  The river will be on your right as you ride towards South Umpqua Falls.  Enjoy the gradual ascent and the riverine landscape.  After a few miles, the road narrows and becomes rougher in spots but is still comfortable to ride.

South Umpqua Falls is a traditional gathering place for the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians and it holds deep spiritual and cultural significance for them.  Throughout the warm season, tribal members may come by the falls to beat the heat and enjoy the “music” of the waters.   A nearby campground is often occupied and, each year, members of the Cow Creek Band hold a gathering there with traditional foods, music, dance, and fellowship.  Cow Creek Band members are usually very open to talking about their history and traditions but, at times, they may have personal or family gatherings that don’t admit other people.  So, if you become aware that tribal members are conducting ceremonies or camped in the area, please be respectful of their activities and the same with their campsites.  Ask before you approach or take pictures.

No matter how far you ride, if you want an interesting experience, stop in Pioneer Park on your way out or way back into Canyonville.  The park offers interesting sculptures,  a performance venue, restrooms, and green areas for picnicking. It’s located right on the edge of Canyonville about a block past the left turn onto the road to Tiller.

You might find yourself back in Canyonville at Stanton Park for overnight camping.  There is also RV camping at the Seven Fathers RV park on the west side of I-5.  Or, for more comfort, stay at Seven Feathers Casino and have a swim in the pool or visit the spa.  The casino offers a buffet or fine dining at their K Bar Restaurant.  You can also wander into downtown Canyonville to find various places to eat and shop.

To get to Stanton County Park and the start of Tiller Town & South Umpqua Falls, take Oregon I-5 Exit 99.  Follow the signs East to Stanton Park.  When riders leave the park, they should turn left and ride south through Canyonville about 2 miles until they see the left-arrow sign pointing towards Days Creek, Tiller and Milo Academy.

 

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