A small town with big adventures...
Things to See and Do
Oregon Raceway Park
Oregon Raceway Park is a 2.4 mile dedicated road course facility located just a few miles from Grass Valley. The facility opened in 2008, and many private clubs enjoy the open track format.
Deschutes River Access
Using Grass Valley as your base camp, drive or bike the scenic highway 216 southwest out of town. After twenty miles full of amazing views of Buck Hollow Canyon and Mount Hood, you will encounter over 15 miles of BLM Deschutes River access road. On this road, you can view the historic Sherar's Falls, experience some of the best fishing and wildlife viewing in the state of Oregon, and even go on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip through your choice of many river outfitter guides in the area.
John Day River Access
Sherman County is not bordered by just one, not just two, but three rivers! Grass Valley happens to be almost perfectly in between two of them: the Deschutes, and the John Day. The John Day is an undammed river, and is the third-longest free-flowing river in the entire United States! Its free-flowing state makes the John Day a remarkable habitat for a diverse population of fish species; including chinook salmon, steelhead, bass, catfish, and many speciees of trout. This fisherman's dream is not to be missed! If fishing is not your forte, be sure to check out Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Opened in 2013, Cottonwood is the state's largest recreational site, with 16,000 acres along a 16 mile stretch of the lower John Day river. Whether you decide to visit Cottonwood for hiking, biking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, or hunting, there is sure to be a memorable activity for everyone!
Columbia River Access
Just a quick trip to the north of highway 97, you can find yourself gazing upon the largest river in the Pacific Northwest; the Columbia. Great fishing can be done on the banks of the Columbia. Watch the windsurfers and kiteboarders glide by, or try it out yourself! Venture across the Columbia and check out the World War One Stonehenge Memorial. Down the road you can spend hours perusing the award-winning exhibits at Maryhill Museum of Art. End your day by enjoing a glass of wine at Maryhill Winery. Check out their awesome schedule of events; maybe you have time to attend a concert at their amphetheatre!
See the Sights
If you are going to see all that Grass Valley has to offer, why not do it actively? With our abundant rural roads that host very little traffic, biking is the best way to experience Grass Valley with few restrictions to nature. Perhaps the most popular cycling route in the area is the Sherar's Falls down and back. Leave Grass Valley on Highway 216 toward Tygh Valley. The route is flat for 10 miles, then drops 1,500 feet in 4 miles to the Deschutes River and historic Indian fishing site at Sherar’s Falls. The return requires the 1,500 foot climb to the plateau and Grass Valley where camping is available. Retrace the route on Rutledge & Lonerock roads or ride Highway 97 to Moro.