Medford is located on Interstate 5, just 27 miles north of the
California-Oregon border. It is about 26 miles south of Grants
Pass. Medford is situated in the heart of Southern Oregon's
beautiful Rogue River Valley. Pear orchards bloom profusely in
the spring, surrounded by snow-capped peaks still white with the
last snows of winter. The summers are very warm and fall colors
are beautiful. Medford is home to the Bear Creek Trail and
several beautiful parks.
Few places in Oregon combine scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, historical, and cultural attractions more successfully than Southern Oregon. The best way to see it all is to visit Medford. Medford, the county seat of Jackson County, is the industrial, retail, and professional center of Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Years ago the Rogue River Valley was home to the Shasta, Takilma, and Athabascan Indians. Then gold was discovered in 1852 - and miners thronged to the valley in search of a fortune in nuggets, followed by farmers lured to the valley by the fertile soil and favorable growing conditions.