Quiet, laid-back, and close to nature, it’s easy to see why the thousand or so residents of Gold Hill, OR are happy to call it home. The area has a real small-town vibe and a strong community spirit -- but the small city does have a stranger side. It’s said that wild animals won’t enter the area, and Gold Hill ’s bizarre geography is probably to blame.
The odd angles of the slopes around the town make it so that objects appear to roll uphill instead of down. Perspective often seems distorted, and it looks as if your height changed depending on where you stand. Geologist James Lister arrived in Gold Hill in 1920 and desperately searched for answers to the mysterious phenomena for ten years, before showing a true American entrepreneurial spirit by giving up and opening a roadside attraction. Today, the Oregon Vortex and Mystery House attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Gold Hill doesn’t have its own dog park, but you and your pooch are sure to sniff out something to do! Since the town is surrounded by some of the most splendid scenery that southern Oregon has to offer, you’ll have no trouble finding some fur-friendly hiking options. And don’t worry -- you’ll find plenty of op-paw-tunities for off-leash adventure just a short drive away!
Bear Creek Dog Park is a real mutts-visit! Right in the middle of the friendly, easily walkable neighborhood of Bear Creek, there’s enough space here for even the most hyperactive hound to burn off some excess energy. The dog run gets plenty of shade, and there’s ample seating for tired owners, and even a couple of doggy pools for your pooch to splash about and cool down in. Bags and water are provided, but there’s no separate small dog area, so be mindful of your buddy’s temperament. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, why not grab a sweet treat at the Buttercloud Bakery and Cafe?