Fairy shrimp, dwarf wooly meadowfoam and rare birds – there’s a place in Oregon where you can experience this nature trio. It’s a singular geographic feature near Medford called the Table Rocks, and it’s a terrific place to experience the state’s amazing diversity. Table Rocks sees some 50,000 visitors roll through annually, and for good reason.
It’s a crossroads for biology, history and culture. The volcanic slabs - from a 700-year-old volcanic explosion at Mt. Olsen – are home to hundreds of rare bird and plant species. The slab also used to be home to Native Americans of the Takelma tribe who lived in the region 15,000 years prior to European-American settlement.
Come visit the Table Rocks in the spring, when migratory birds flock to the slabs. Hikes wind through the area, including steep rocky treks, and relaxing strolls across the mesa. Expect stunning views, including glimpses of the Rouge River far below. Most hikes are free, but are of varying difficulty, so do a little research before taking the whole family up.
For more information about the Table Rocks, and other activities in the surrounding area, check out this link to get started: http://on.doi.gov/1UntUbK