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Wolf Creek Inn
State Heritage Site

Near Medford, Oregon, United States
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Imagine yourself as a traveler along a section of the Applegate Trail in the late 1800s. You have just arrived by stagecoach to the Wolf Creek Inn, a welcome refuge from the perilous journey over mountains and across valleys. After paying 75 cents for a room, bath, and meals, you're ready to relax. You sit down to a hot meal and some easy conversation with the innkeepers or other guests. Afterwards, the men sidle off to the tap room for some quaffs of beer while the ladies adjourn to the parlor. The conversation drifts from tales of inspirational beauty to frightful experiences of the trail.

The rooms are no longer 75 cents, but the refuge is still here, its historic charm carefully preserved. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn retains its classical revival architecture and early 20th century decor. It is situated on three picturesque acres that are managed by Oregon State Parks as a State Heritage Site. Just minutes from I-5, the setting will transport you to an earlier, quieter time.

Overnight guests can choose from nine beautifully appointed rooms, each with private bath. Lodging includes free Wi-Fi.

Our beautiful grounds are open to the public dawn to dusk, seven days a week, free of charge. In front of the tavern, you'll find interpretive panels depicting life on the Applegate Trail. This building has served guests since 1883.


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Amenities & Features


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Where can I eat?

The Inn restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to the public. Visit for more information

Is the restaurant open?

The Inn restaurant opens to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. See the restaurant menu at

Does each room have its own bathroom?

Yes, each room has its own private bathroom with a shower/tub, toilet and sink. The private bathroom is inside the room. The Inn also provides a common restroom with a toilet and sink, downstairs in the guest wing.

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Are pets allowed?

The Inn does allow well behaved pets in rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 only. Please use the guest entrance when coming and going with your pet. Dogs must not be left unattended. The owner agrees to be present or remove the pet from the room during housekeeping services.

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The inn was built around 1883 for Henry Smith, a local merchant-entrepreneur. Wolf Creek Tavern, as it was known then, was exceptionally well crafted by local sawyers. It served local traffic to mines and stage travelers connecting between Roseburg and Redding prior to the completion of the Oregon and California railroad through the Siskiyou Mountains in 1887.

Wolf Creek Inn is the oldest continuously operated hotel in the Pacific Northwest. It is here that Jack London completed his novel Valley Of The Moon. As an important stop on the 16 day stagecoach journey from San Francisco to Portland, the Wolf Creek Tavern has housed practically every important person found in the Northwest during the early history of Oregon.

Back in the early days of movies, the Inn became a refuge for beleaguered actors seeking an escape from demanding Hollywood studios. Clark Gable was a good friend of the innkeeper in the 1930s and stopped by several times while fishing the Rogue River just a few miles west of the Inn. Other visitors that have signed the guest register include Carole Lombard and Orson Wells.

Between 1975 and 1979, the Inn was acquired by the State of Oregon and restored. Wolf Creek Tavern is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is among the best preserved and oldest active travelers inns in Oregon.

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