Historic Sumpter Oregon
About Sumpter Oregon
Tucked away in the trees and nestled in Oregon's Elkhorn Mountain Range, lies the historic gold mining town of Sumpter, Oregon.
Sumpter' is 4,424 feet above sea level. The year-round population of Sumpter is approximately 191, consisting of 190 very nice people and one 'old grouch'.
Sumpter Oregon is on the Elkhorn Scenic Byway and is surrounded by mountains, rivers, streams, and lakes and offers virtually everyone the opportunity to enjoy many of Nature's amenities; great fishing, swimming, boating (nearby), camping, gold panning, hunting, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, 4-wheeling, ATV'ing, hiking and exploring.
What is There to See & Do In Sumpter?
In Sumpter, the Sumpter Valley Railway Restorations, Inc. operates a Historic Steam Narrow Gauge Railroad. Take a ride and experience for yourself what it was like to travel by train in the early 1900's. The new SVRy passenger depot has been designed and completed to look just as the original depot of yesteryear.
Make sure you visit The Sumpter Dredge State Heritage Park (home of a YUBA style gold mining dredge) and take an onboard tour of this huge floating gold mining machine.
The surrounding mountains of Sumpter climb to over 9,000 feet, where The 'Elkhorn Crest Trail' straddles the rugged rocky ridge of The Elkhorn Mountains. The Elkhorn Crest Trail is a scenic 25 mile trail which begins near Sumpter and ends at Anthony Lakes, home of the best Winter Downhill "Powder" Skiing available. If you are the adventurous type, this moderately strenuous high country trail is a 'must do'. There are several day hikes along the route. The scenery and wildlife you will witness are absolutely AWESOME!
Sumpter is well known for its Flea Markets, which are held on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends. There are vendors set up throughout the town and it will take you a 'good day' to see everything.
Sumpter has over 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the breath-taking high country of the Elkhorn Mountains and the surrounding area.
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are becoming more popular in this area, as more cross-country ski and snowshoe enthusiasts discover the great groomed trails of Sumpter's back country.
If you love the OLD WEST & would like to learn more about the history of the "Golden Years"... Sumpter Oregon is the place to visit. There are so many fascinating stories, images and artifacts for you to see and enjoy. Don't forget to visit our local museums.
Check out Sumpter's: Local Artists, Motel, Rental Cabins, Bed & Breakfast, Vacation Cabin Rentals, Service Station & Convenience Store, Ice Cream Shop, Groceries & General Merchandise Store, 2 Museums, 3 Restaurants, RV Parks, Post Office, Lounge, 1 Saloon, 1 Tavern, Antiques Store, Real Estate Offices and of course... our resident deer.
Sumpter is 'magical'...
Almost everyone that visits Sumpter comments about the 'magic' they feel while visiting our historic and scenic little town. Experience the 'Magic of Sumpter' yourself.