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Table Rocks

Natural History

Upper and Lower Table Rocks are two of the most prominent topographic features in the Rogue River Valley. These flat-topped buttes rise approximately 800 feet above the north bank of the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. Upper and Lower refer to their positions relative to each other along the Rogue River; Lower Table Rock is located downstream, or lower on the river, from Upper Table Rock.

The Table Rocks were designated in 1984 as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) to protect special plants and animal species, unique geologic and scenic values, and education opportunities. The remarkable diversity of the Table Rocks includes a spectacular spring wildflower display of over 75 species, including the dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila), which grows nowhere else on Earth but on the top of the Table Rocks. Vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi), federally listed as threatened, inhabit the seasonally formed vernal pools found on the tops of both rocks.


Southwest Oregon has a rich, diverse, and complex geologic history. Geologic features in the region range from the ancient Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains to the geologically young High Cascade Mountains. The flat topped mesas of the Table Rocks, with their own unique geologic history provide a look into the forces that shaped and continue to shape southwest Oregon. more >>


The wildlife of the Table Rocks is plentiful and diverse. Most wildlife, however, is encountered very infrequently but there will be plenty of evidence of wildlife along the trail. Clues such as scat (droppings), fur, burrows, nests, and tracks all help identify the species found here and provide opportunities to learn about the wildlife in southern Oregon. While hiking, please remember, we are visitors to these animals' home. We must respect all of the wildlife to ensure their survival for generations to come. more >>


The Table Rocks are among the most popular hiking trails in our region and the botanical treasures they offer are one of the major reasons why. Ask any hiker on the trail between March and June, and they will likely tell you the spectacular and diverse wildflowers are one of the attractions that prompted their visit. The casual admired of the beautiful wildflowers might not realize that the botany of the Table Rocks makes them one of the most biologically unique and important areas in our region. more >>