Battle Creek Forest Service Road is a very scenic and beautiful short drive through semi-arid grasslands and hills. The dry climate creates a desert landscape, which contains sagebrush and juniper.
It offers unique driving experience, especially if you are accustomed to driving on FSRs in the BC Coast and Mountains. Battle Creek FSR is a highly recommended side trip if you are travelling on Highway 1 from Cache Creek to Kamloops or vice versa.
Note: Battle Creek FSR is permanently closed at approx 4.5 km. However, you can still drive until 4.4 km mark and enjoy the scenic views.
Check out our video for a virtual experience of the Battle Creek FSR
How to get there
Battle Creek FSR turnoff is approx 18 km from Cache Creek on Highway 1, driving eastbound towards Kamloops. The turnoff for Battle Creek is near the viewpoint on the main highway.
Likewise, if you are driving from Kamloops on Highway 1 westbound, the turnoff for Battle Creek FSR is approx 3.4 km west of Juniper Beach Provincial park turn off.
If you plan to spend a night in the area, the Juniper Beach Provincial Park offers excellent campsites overlooking the Thompson River.
Exploring the Battle Creek Forest Service Road
As you start the ascent on the rolling hills, you will see spectacular views of the Thompson River.
Along the road, you will see some wildflowers and sagebrush plants.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunity: The dry sagebrush areas are home to Western Rattlesnakes. At about 4 km down the road, we spotted a fox.
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