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Glide is located 18 miles east of Roseburg and Idleyld Park is 21 miles east of Roseburg. Both towns are home to many natural wonders including the Colliding Rivers where the deep waters of the North Umpqua River funnel into a water chute and meet the rapids of sparkling Little River head-on. Continue your scenic tour following Highway #138 to Crater Lake through some of the most spectacularly beautiful country in the Land of Umpqua, home to the North and South Umpqua Rivers and numerous waterfalls (approximately 25) throughout the lush Umpqua National Forest.
Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway
Glide is part of the 172 mile National Scenic Byway from Roseburg along the North Umpqua River, past waterfalls, parks and recreation sites, to Diamond Lake, Crater Lake and then south along the Rogue River to Gold Hill.
What does "Umpqua" mean? "Thundering waters" or "across the waters" are two popular translations for this surviving word of the Umpqua language. Another definition is "satisfied" - as in a full stomach.
Ancestors of the Umpqua, Southern Molalla, Yoncalla, and Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians lived here before Mt. Mazama erupted forming Crater Lake nearly 7,000 years ago. The Indians were moved to reservations in 1856. As Europeans bought reservation lands, the tribes further fragmented to become farmers and ranchers in the Umpqua Valley.

At Colliding Rivers Viewpoint, the swift, deep waters of the North Umpqua River funnel into a water chute and meet the rapids of sparkling Little River head-on. The viewpoint includes a newly constructed rest area and comfort station, plus several interpretive panels about the area. Located just off Highway #138 at Glide, 18 miles east of Roseburg and across the street from Colliding Rivers Visitors Center.

The Umpqua National Forest had its genesis on March 2, 1907, in the setting aside of acreage in the Coast Range in Douglas County. Two days later, Congress renamed all of the forest reserves as national forests. The Forest Service broke up the Cascade Forest Reserve on July 1, 1908, into what became the Mt. Hood, Willamette, Umpqua, and Rogue River National Forests. On the Umpqua, Forest Service staff began building trails, constructing bridges, fighting fire, monitoring grazing, and erecting lookouts. Logging and mining began in 1925. The Civilian Conservation Corps shaped part of the Forest by building roads, bridges and recreation facilities in the 1930s. After the road connecting Roseburg and Diamond Lake was completed in 1940, it took another 25 years to become a major eastern route. With the new route in place, logging increased in the upper reaches of the Forest. The Umpqua National Forest currently has 54 developed campgrounds with nearly 800 campsites, 5 historic cabins and lookouts available for rent, 350 miles of trail maintained for year-round use, 1,150 miles of roads maintained for car travel, and 4 staffed lookouts..

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