In the “Great Southern Oregon Trips” post Sue mentioned Hwy 138 along the Umpqua River as “one of the most beautiful drives in the state”. According to Jean Kurtz from the Roseburg Convention and Visitors Bureau it is more than a scenic drive.
In October the leaves along the North Umpqua River, which parallels the National Scenic Drive, turn yellow and the fall season is awesome! It is a wonderful drive up to Diamond Lake, and there are opportunities to access many trails to hike to waterfalls along the way. I recommend that visitors pick up the North Umpqua Trail hiking brochure at the Roseburg Visitors Center and explore the many hikes or the trails can be accessed for mountain bikes as well.
For those that just want a nice drive, this Scenic Byway is lovely. I recommend that they stop at Steamboat Inn, 40 miles east of Roseburg, for lunch or a cup of coffee and enjoy the river view. Then they can go to Diamond Lake or on to Crater Lake National Park.
So throw the bike on the rack and pack your boots for this drive! Thanks Jean.