Rogue River National Forest encompasses a total area of approximately 1.7 million acres of land in two different states including California (Siskiyou and Del Norte counties) and Oregon (Klamath, Jackson, Coos, Curry, Josephine, and Douglas counties). The forest land however mostly surrounds the Rogue Valley in southwestern Oregon. Visitors can use several routes to access the forest including the I-5, OR 62, OR 140, and OR 66. The forest was designated a national forest in 2004.
Several features make the Rogue River National Forest a unique place to visit. First, the place is home to several designated and protected wilderness areas including Siskiyou Wilderness, Copper Salmon Wilderness, Grassy Knob Wilderness, Red Buttes Wilderness, Kalmiopsis Wilderness, Wild Rogue Wilderness, Sky Lakes Wilderness, and Rogue–Umpqua Divide Wilderness. These wilderness areas cover slightly above half a million acres of land.
The forest is also home to unique geological features including sea stacks which are isolated rock outcrops standing in the ocean. Most of the forest's features can be enjoyed through several trails that crisscross the forest land. One of the more favorite trails is the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail that crosses the entire length of the forest.
Besides the above attractions, visitors to the forest can also enjoy several recreational activities including canoeing, camping, swimming, fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ORV riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
There are several amenities in the forest to facilitate these activities including 10 cabin/lookout rentals, 73 campgrounds, boat ramps, scenic drives, 200 miles of wild and scenic rivers, trails (more than 200), picnic areas and interpretive trails.
Visitors can bring dogs into the forest as long as they follow basic rules created by the management to protect the habitat, wildlife, and visitors to the forest. For example, visitors should ensure that their dogs are always leashed or secured in an enclosure. Additionally, dog owners must make sure that their dogs do not go into restricted areas of the forest.