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Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site

Park History

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.

Acreage: 12.19

Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site FAQ


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.

What's Allowed

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.

Statewide FAQ

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