Pear trees in Medford, Oregon
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Medford is famous in the US for its succulent pears. Bosc, Comice, d'Anjou, Bartlett, and Winter Nellis pears are all grown here. Its economy is centered around agriculture and timber products, and visitors will see miles and miles of fruit and timber trees in the area. It is a popular place to live in Southern Oregon. Its proximity to Ashland and Jacksonville draws many tourists who wish to take advantage of Medford's lower room and restaurant rates while visiting those cities. Medford is also in a central location for visitors who wish to access recreational areas such as Oregon Caves National Monument, Crater Lake, and the Rogue River Valley.

Harry and David's Country Store is an outlet store for the gift and produce mail order company. Located about 1 mile south of Medford, Harry and David's is one of the world's largest shippers of fruit and food gifts. Many free samples are available, and there is a gourmet pantry, and a produce stand area with fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables. Another favorite stop for visitors is to see the roses at the 43,000 square foot Jackson and Perkins Test & Display Gardens, half a mile south of Harry and David's. Although most of the roses are grown in California, they are packed and shipped from Medford.

Outdoor living and recreation is encouraged by the warm summers and mild winters. Within an 80 mile radius of Medford, there are 153 stocked streams for fishing, 17 lakes, boating and fishing on the Rogue River, and hunting and camping in 56 forest camps.

There are five covered bridges in the Medford area, including the Eagle Point and Wimer bridges. The Wimer bridge is the only covered bridge in Jackson county that is open to vehicles. The 85' span crosses Evans Creek, and is located in the center of Wimer. Records show a bridge at that location as early as 1892 but the current bridge has been restored several times, the most recent being in 1986. The unusual Wimer signs on the bridge are said to have been recovered from an old gas station.

The Medford Railroad Park is a great place for train buffs to visit. Located near Berrydale Ave. and Table Rock Road, the historic park features a vintage Medford Corp. logging train and other rolling stock. There are rides available on scale model trains, from 11-3 p.m. (second or fourth Sundays of the month, April through October).


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    Upper and Lower Table Rocks, 10 miles northeast of Medford, are giant sandstone-basaltic mesas with lava caps. There are trailheads off of Table Rock Road, where hikers can take the two mile trail to the top of Lower Table Rock. The incredible view includes the Rogue River, Siskiyou Mountains, and Medford. There is also a steeper mile-long trail to Upper Table Rock.

    The two mesas are part of land purchased by the Nature Conservancy and designated as a preserve. Later turned over to the government, the preserve is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


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