Sometimes you crave the ultimate snack, especially when you’ve spent the day hiking, biking, or rafting on the river. And after a few hours under the beautiful Southern Oregon skies, you need to refuel with a food that’s filling and easy to eat on-the-go.

Our river guides can point you toward a variety of tasty local snacks, but one of their favorite outdoor foods is Trailbuster Jerky from Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction.

Decades of Experience

Since 1924, the Taylor family has crafted the finest local sausage. It all started with great grandpa Taylor who came from Europe with his own recipes. His journey began in Alberta, Canada and eventually took him to California. His son (grandpa Taylor) learned the family trade and took the business to the famous Hollywood Farmers Market in 1934. 

After a brief pause because of World War II, grandpa Taylor opened a San Francisco store located in the Crystal Palace Market. Other sausage kitchens were added in Oakland and Hayward, which is where the third-generation Taylor began his journey in the business.

Charles Taylor completed a Bachelors of Science degree with an emphasis on the meat sciences from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo. After spending 10 years in the Oakland store, in 1970 his family moved to the Illinois Valley in Southern Oregon.

His two sons now continue the sausage-making tradition with their dad and own children here in Cave Junction. This family business has been creating the finest sausage for nearly 100 years and is a staple of the Southern Oregon food community.

The Best Local Jerky

When you desire a quick and tasty snack, you definitely want to reach for Trailbuster Jerky. This tender and delicious jerky is the ultimate craveable snack, and can easily be eaten during a lunch break after rafting, or while you’re hiking the trails.

If you’re looking for something heftier than a snack, then visit Taylor’s Country Store! They have numerous types of sausages to satisfy any and all meat cravings. The next time you’re in Southern Oregon, swing by Cave Junction and explore their store.


Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m 

Friday, 6 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Sunday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Snack the Southern Oregon Way

Outdoor adventure is the heart of the Southern Oregon lifestyle. But if you’re hiking trails, climbing mountains, swimming, rafting rapids or biking, you need a delicious and healthy snack to eat along the way. Try the Trailbuster Jerky from Taylor’s Sausage, and find the perfect food for your next adventure.