Galice-Hellgate Back Country Byway


The beautiful Rogue River country is the focal point of the Galice-Hellgate Backcountry Byway. The byway is 40 miles, one-way, 80 miles, round-trip. The entire route is a narrow, winding, paved road and is suitable for passenger car travel. A portion of the byway is single lane with occasional turnouts. Numerous river access points and developed recreation sites allow you to experience the river and its variety of recreation experiences. Much of the drive provides a view of the deep river canyon with impressive rock walls bordered by forested slopes. Smullin Visitor Center at Rand is 18 miles into the route and can provide information about the area.

Know Before You Go:

  • Open Season Galice-Hellgate Backcountry Byway is open YEAR ROUND.
  • Pullouts and Recreation Sites provide opportunities to view scenery and wildlife.
  • Travelers should be cautious, especially along the Galice Access Road.
  • Restrooms available in Galice and Smullen Visitor Center at Rand.
  • Services are available in the community of Galice along the byway, or in Merlin and Grants Pass, Oregon.
  • If you plan on continuing your travel beyond this byway route be sure to have a full tank of gas, a first aid kit, food, and water with you as you will be traveling into remote country with no services. Roads beyond this byway route are often closed in winter, due to snow accumulation.

Point of Interest:

The byway provides access to the Rogue River National Recreation Trail at Grave Creek. This historic trail was originally developed by the Takelma Indians and improved by miners and settlers as they moved deeper into the canyon.

Adventure is at Your Fingertips



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Medford District Office
3040 Biddle Road

Geographic Coordinates

42.5121, -123.41698


From Grants Pass, Oregon take I-5 north to the Merlin exit. The byway begins as you exit the freeway and travel the Merlin-Galice Road west. Four miles into the route you will travel through the town of Merlin.