Near Jacksonville in the Rogue River National Forest, the Middle Fork Trail (#950 / 6.1 mi. / 3500) is a beautiful mountain bike ride that follows the Middle Fork of the Applegate River. This trail offers opportunities for swimming in the emerald pools of the river, fishing for brook trout, or picnicking along the rivers edge. This is a good hike to view brilliant autumn colors! While several springs are found along the trail, the water sources have not been tested and may be unsafe to drink. Water treatment is recommended. The upper section of this trail is not recommended for horse use at this time due to narrow tread and rocky creek crossings. For the time being, it is best to use the middle trailhead beginning on Forest Road #1040 and ending on Road #1035. Check with Star Ranger District for updated information. Beginning on Forest Road #1040-600, the trail passes through mixed stands of old-growth Douglas-fir, white fir, incense cedar, and ponderosa pine. Huckleberry, hazelnut, and vine maple form a dense understory. After 3 miles, the trail crosses Road #1040 and begins the final 3.1 miles of trail. The lower section of the Middle Fork Trail is highlighted by lush fern grottos, unique pothole formations, and deep swimming holes. The forest changes dramatically to a mixed deciduous forest of alder, dogwood, and big-leaf maple. Access #1 (Upper Trailhead): From Star Ranger Station, drive south on Upper Applegate Road 13 miles to the junction with Carberry Creek Road turn left and continue 1.5 miles to junction with Forest Road #1040 and #1050. Turn right onto Road #1040 and follow for 14 miles to the junction with spur road #600. Turn left onto Road #600 and drive 1/4 mile to the large parking area and trailhead. Access #2 ( Middle Trailhead): Follow directions as above to junction of Road #1040 and #1050. Turn right onto Road #1040 and follow for 12 miles to the Frog Pond/Middlefork Trailhead sign. The Middle Fork Trail starts on the right side of the small turnout area. Access #3 (Lower Trailhead): Follow directions to the junction of Road #1040/#1050. Turn right onto Road #1040 and follow for 5 miles to junction with Road #1035. Turn right onto Road #1035 and proceed 0.5 mile to the trailhead sign and large parking area on the left.