A Bizarre Guide: What is the Oregon Vortex?

What is the Oregon Vortex? This mysterious roadside attraction has played tricks on the minds of visitors since its discovery in the early 1900s. Some people believe it to be an illusion of angles, but those who visit know that there is more to the vortex than meets the eye. Read on to learn more about this phenomenal and strange attraction. Afterward, discover more of the area’s best-kept secrets in our free Ashland, Oregon, Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on adventurous hiking trails, historic sites, and more so that you can spend less time planning and more time exploring!

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What is the Oregon Vortex?

The Oregon Vortex Explained

Upon your visit, you will notice several unusual things about the Oregon Vortex. Broomsticks appear to stand on their own. Take a walk with a friend, and you’ll notice that in some places your height shrinks, and in other areas you grow taller. The trees here grow in corkscrews, and streams flow uphill rather than downhill.

Perhaps one of the Oregon Vortex’s most intriguing attractions is the House of Mystery. This historic outpost was built by the old Grey Eagle Mining Company and was rediscovered in 1914.  

A Brief History of the Oregon Vortex

The laws of physics seem not to apply within the Oregon Vortex, and documentation of this disturbance has been well-documented since its discovery in the early 1900s. In the early 1920s, John Lister took to developing the Oregon Vortex area. Lister was a geologist, mining engineer, and physicist.

Lister spent years researching the vortex and opened it to the public in the 1930s. He performed thousands of experiments at the vortex and even published many of his findings in a pamphlet. Today, Lister’s findings are available for sale at the Oregon Vortex gift shop!

Fun Facts & Tips for Your Trip

  • In 1999, the Oregon Vortex was featured in an episode of X-Files!
  • Because horses refused to walk in the affected area, Native Americans called the Oregon Vortex “forbidden ground.”
  • The Oregon Vortex is open seven days a week from the first day of March through the last day of October.

Stay Near It All at Country Willows B&B Inn

Although we may never know the answer to, “What is the Oregon Vortex?”, there is no denying that its mystery is part of its charm. After a day of defying physics at this whirlpool of force, head home to Country Willows B&B Inn to relax in a Whirlpool tub! This roadside attraction is only 20 minutes away from our inn. The sitting area in the Hayloft Suite at Country Willows B&B Inn.

With onsite hiking trails and proximity to the bustling theater town of Ashland, our boutique bed and breakfast offers a unique combination of peacefulness and excitement. Farm-to-table breakfast, complimentary refreshments throughout the day, and a luxurious heated pool are a few perks that our guests can enjoy. When you are ready to plan your next getaway, check our availability and book your stay. We can’t wait to hear about the fun that you had at the Oregon Vortex!