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Flora, Oregon

Flora - an Oregon ghost town on a beautiful plateau

Note: Flora is a "side trip" from our camping trip to Wallowa Lake, and distances and directions are from the town of Joseph, Oregon 6 miles north of Wallowa Lake.

Aerial photo of Flora by Sam Beebe,

Flora is an unincorporated community in Wallowa County Oregon United States, at an elevation of 4,350 feet. It is located about 35 miles north of Enterprise just off Oregon Route 3 and is considered a ghost town. (List of ghost towns in Oregon - Wikipedia)

Flora was platted on April 7, 1897. By 1910, it had a population of 200 residents and an eight-room school. It is considered "the most substantial town to fail" in the Northeast Oregon region.

The community was named after the daughter of the first postmaster, A. D. Buzzard. Flora post office operated from 1890–1966. The Flora School, built in 1915, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now known as the Flora School Education Center, and restored as a pioneer arts education center.

LATITUDE/LONGITUDE: 45.9001471,-117.3186429

STARTING POINT: Joseph, Oregon


TIME TO REACH: 47 minutes


WHEN ACCESSIBLE: Year round, but may be limited by snowfall

FEES: None

RECOMMENDED VEHICLES: All vehicles, unless all wheel drive required due to snow


WHEN WE WENT: Late summer

Getting There

From Joseph, Oregon:

  • Head west on E Wallowa Ave toward Main St

  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto OR-82 W/N Main St

  • Turn left onto W North St

  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto OR-3 N/NW 1st St

  • Continue to follow OR-3 N

  • Slight left onto Flora Ln

  • Turn right onto Church St

I'm Here - Now What?

  • Motorized vehicles and bicycles

  • Photography

  • Wildlife and plant viewing

  • Hiking

  • Biking

  • Geocaching


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