Saturday, June 27, 2009

Things to See and Do Along Hwy 97

From the intersection of I-5 at Weed, California to the Oregon State Line

For a brochure/map on all the museums of Siskiyou County please see download here at the Siskiyou County Historical Society website. (look for box on lower left of first page for .pdf file.)

Be sure and take advantage of the wonderful scenery you will view and stop and take some wonderful photographs!

  • Weed, California ~ Skatepark ~ A large skateboard park is open to the public in Weed, CA. Stop and take a break and get a little exercise! Take Hwy 97 out of Weed going North, just before leaving town look for a Mini Mart, just past the Mini Mart you should see signs turning right. Here is a link to a website that provides photos and directions: Weed's Skateboard Park
  • Visit Windamere Arabians ~ Learn the history and lure of this fascinating breed of horses. See the beauty of these magnificent animals. (530) 938-3558
  • Golf at Weed's Tricky 9 ~ The Weed Golf Club is right off the north I-5 exit at Weed. A lovely 9 hole course follows a creek right under the shadow of Mt. Shasta. (530) 938-9971.
  • Pluto's Cave ~ Pluto's Cave was formed by an eruption of basaltic lava and is one of the main feeder tubes that carried lava into Shasta Valley. This cave has a large diameter and an established trail. Contact the Klamath National Forest, Goosenest Ranger District at 37805 Highway 97, Macdoel, California 96058 or call (530) 398-4391. This cave is located near Road A-12 about 3.3 miles from Highway 97. Be sure you follow good caving rules, stay on the trail, bring extra flashlights, protect the cave's delicate ecosystem.
  • Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms ~ Open during mid-June to mid-July. (530) 926-2651 Pick Lavender, walk the Lavender Labyrinth, visit the unique Lavender Shop. Take Road A-12 to the west off of Hwy 97 a few miles north of Weed, Turn on Harry Cash Road, go about 1 1/2 miles, entrance will be at the east. For more details view their web page at: Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms.
  • Visit the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden ~ One will find the Sculpture Garden about 13 miles North of Weed on Hwy 97. It was created by Vietnam veteran, Dennis Smith. It is just past the road A-12 that takes one to the Lavender Farms. See it on the west side of the road. Parking and restrooms are available. Free admission.
  • Play at Deer Mountain Snowmobile Park during the winter months. Contact the Fun Factory Rentals for snowmobile rentals and tours. Also ask them about summer activities! Information: (530) 926-5387 or (530) 926-Lets Ride
  • Fish at Juanita Lake. Boat launch or walk the shore of this secluded lake only a few miles off of Hwy 97. See the NFS website for directions.
  • Visit Butte Valley Museum ~ Located at 500 Butte Street, Dorris, CA. (530) 397-2707. Open seasonally. Call first for hours.
  • See the Tallest Flagpole West of the Mississippi ~ Located on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway in Dorris, the pole is 200 feet tall!
  • See Bald Eagles at Wildlife Refuges ~ From December through February the Klamath Basin is host to the largest population of bald eagles in the 48 states. The lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge was named the first waterfowl refuge in the U.S. by President Teddy Roosevelt. There is a 10 mile auto tour and photo-blinds available for public use for the photographer enthusiast. See more information here at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge website.

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