Sometimes when you crave an outdoor adventure, you’re not sure what to do. Maybe you want to walk or hike, but the kids want to bike. Fortunately, there’s a local park in Southern Oregon with enough space for the entire family to spread out and have the adventure of their dreams.
Medford’s Prescott Park is 1,740 acres of hiking and mountain biking trails — paved and unpaved — with amazing views of the Rogue Valley. Roxy Ann Peak is the main sight to see, as it boasts beautiful vistas that stretch as far as Mount Shasta.
About the Park
Prescott Park has a long history, and was acquired by the city of Medford in 1930-31. It’s the second largest municipal park in Oregon. Roxy Ann Peak, which protrudes over 3,500 feet above sea level, is a stunning geographical feature which draws people to the park.
Composed of several geologic layers, the majority of Roxy Ann Peak is of volcanic origin and dates to the early Oligocene epoch. It’s primarily covered by oak savanna and open grassland on the lower slopes, and mixed coniferous forest on the upper slopes and summit.
With so much acreage to explore, Prescott Park is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. Outdoor enthusiasts love the 360-degree panorama of the Rogue Valley and surrounding mountains, with views that include Mt. Shasta, Mt. Ashland, the city of Medford, Table Rocks, the Three Sisters, and Mt. Mcloughlin.
How To Get There
Prescott Park is a beautiful Southern Oregon landmark, and easy to get to!
#1. Take I-5 exit 30 and head north towards Crater Lake National Park on Highway 62. At the second signal turn right on Delta Waters Road. Stay on Delta Waters until it ends at Foothill Road, and turn right. Go 1.3 miles to East McAndrews Road, then under the bridge, and turn right on the clover leaf to go east on McAndrews.
#2. Take I-5 exit 27 and go east on Barnett Road. Stay on Barnett, and at the signal at the intersection with Foothill Road, turn left. Go two miles to East McAndrews Road, then turn left before the bridge onto the clover leaf that takes you east on McAndrews Road.
Once you are on East McAndrews Road, drive 1.6 miles to where McAndrews ends and continue up the hill. Travel another mile and turn left on Roxy Ann Road.
Prescott Park has so much to offer those who love the outdoors. Walk the trails with your pet, go on a more challenging hike, or enjoy a thrilling bike ride. This park is a favorite among Southern Oregon locals, and is fun for people of all ages.