Welcome to Central Point, Oregon
Peaceful and community-oriented city in the heart of Rogue Valley known for cheese, wine, and chocolate.
The peaceful and community-oriented Central Point is the first town in the valley. Its name hails from its position in the heart of Rogue Valley. Located just a few miles north of Medford, Central Point is a growing, vibrant and welcoming community of unique shops, local restaurants, and small businesses.
It is home to the world’s oldest and largest hearing dog facility, Dogs for the Deaf
; award-winning, internationally known cheese factory, the Rogue Creamery
; and the original Grange Co-op
. Central Point is also close to the world-renowned Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the U.S. and Oregon’s only national park.
What to Love
- Traditional small-town life
- Known for cheese, wine, and chocolate
- Many opportunities for outdoor recreation
- Fun events throughout the year
People & Lifestyle
Central Point is a beautiful place to live, with access to wonderful recreational opportunities like skiing, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and biking. This diverse community is attractive to families and young professionals, and the area's economy primarily revolves around tourism, timber products, and agriculture.
In addition to outdoor adventure, Central Point is located within minutes of many cultural attractions and a vibrant performing arts scene. It's also the home of the annual Jackson County Fair, Harvest Fair, Hot Air Balloon Festival, and several other family-friendly holiday events.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Central Point is home to the famous Rogue Creamery
, a cheese maker founded in 1933 making award-winning artisan cheeses since 2002. Founder Tom Vella brought cultures, mold, and recipes for the world champion Oregon Blue Cheese to Central Point from France. A panel of the world's foremost cheese connoisseurs chose the Rogue River Blue as the world's best cheese at the 2019/20 World Cheese Awards in Italy.
While in downtown, make sure to visit Volamos Boutique
, featuring a curated selection of women's clothing, accessories, handbags, yummy soaps, and candles. A visit to the neighboring Crater Cafe
is the perfect way to bookend your shopping experience. The cafe is a cozy ice cream shop home to Crater Frozen Custard. Central Point's #1 pub and grill, The Point
, is a local watering hole where you can get everything from Philly cheesesteak sandwiches to fish tacos.
The Hummingbird Estate
is a vineyard bed and breakfast and event venue set in a beautiful, rural setting. Minutes away from historic Jacksonville, the family-friendly Rellik Winery
is an excellent place for casual wine tastings and to admire the picturesque grounds with roaming alpacas and llamas!
Things to Do
Recreational opportunities abound in Central Point. Visit the Crater Rock Museum
to learn more about Crater Lake and check out exhibits displaying rocks, fossils, minerals, and Native American items.
When it comes to events, many are hosted at The Expo
, Southern Oregon's largest event center, conveniently located just minutes away from the Rogue Valley International Airport. The Expo hosts the Jackson County Fair
Those feeling more adventurous might consider visiting Rogue Valley Zipline Adventure
for a memorable outdoor excursion, or you can go hiking through the Upper and Lower Table Rock. The Rogue Valley Family Fun Center
is an indoor/outdoor entertainment center featuring rides, mini-golf, games, and dining options. Golfers will appreciate the public, 9-hole Laurel Hill Golf Course.
Rogue Creamery is always worth a visit, as is a trip to Lillie Belle Farms
for their handmade chocolates.
Central Point School District 6
operates in Central Point, Gold Hill, and Sams Valley. It is home to Crater High, a public 9-12 school honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the country.