“world class waterfalls”
Situated within the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, Silver Falls State Park, located 25 miles east of Salem, exemplifies Oregon State Parks mission of excellence. A large forested landscape, boasted by world class waterfalls and nationally distinguished historic buildings, provides a variety of recreational opportunities for the whole family. Though the Trail of Ten falls may be the main allure, the diversity of outdoor recreation including picnicking, camping, fishing, swimming and wildlife observation, makes Silver Falls State Park a popular destination year round. The Trail of Ten Falls is a designated National Recreation Trail, and lures photographers, hikers and waterfall enthusiasts alike. Listed as a moderate hike with 800-feet elevation variation, sturdy shoes and a camera are encouraged. Each of the three trailheads leading into the canyon starts atop of an over 100-foot waterfall. The descent into the pristine canyon begins within the canopy of towering Douglas-firs, as it meanders down to the undergrowth of ferns into the heart of the canyon, meeting up with the winding creek. Whether you are up for the full nine mile trek or a shortened journey, the Canyon trail is and enjoyable and beautiful hike as you as explore from one falls to the next. As the largest state park within Oregon, Silver Falls offers diverse opportunities for recreation with plenty of room for all visitors. For the equestrians, dog owners, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, more than 25 miles of multi-use backcountry trails spread over the 9,000 acres offer a great escape. Surrounded by Douglas-fir, western hemlock, Oregon grape, salal, sword fern and the remnants of old growth forest, the trails of Rackett Ridge, Perimeter and Buck Mountain loop provide remarkable scenery with a variety of plant and animal life. Pacific black-tail deer, black bear, coyotes and cougars thrive in the lush, temperate rainforest and may be seen within the remote park areas. The South Falls Day Use Area has spacious lawns, BBQ stands, picnic shelters or tables, playground, horse shoe pits, doggie off leash area, and charming creek Silver Falls is famous for. Ever since the opening day in 1933; visitors have been using these grounds for potlucks, family reunions and weddings, all within a short walk to view the famous 177-foot South Falls. How do you camp? Whether it is in a RV, tent, rustic cabin, with a group, with your horse, at the youth camp or in a deluxe cabin, Silver Falls has it all. Specific details about group facilities can be found under FAQ. Campground maps, availability and detailed information are just a phone call away.
10 waterfalls, each unique and great, in a 7 mile hiking loop. We've done the trail once and visited groups of falls several times. In Summer they will open pools beneath certain falls for swimming, so bring your suit.
Non-stop ahhhs! Most beautiful place, especially in the rain, the falls were fuller and flowing heavy. If your ever in the area you have to enjoy this place, don't just pass by. Cabin was perfect for price and park officials very courteous
I'd recommend spending at least a couple days here. There are so many hikes and you can camp in the park too. A lot of the trails are gravel and they have hand rails. The fee to get in is only $5. If you decide to go on the weekends be prepared for lots of crowds. This is a very popular park, especially the Trail of Ten.
There's also a swimming area and playground for your littles.
Beautiful park and wonderful hiking. When I lived in Oregon, this was always near the top of the list of places to bring out of state guests. Even if you don't do the whole hiking loop, going a mile or so brings you to several falls and through some lovely forest. Be sure to bring a camera.
We only had time to go to one of the many waterfalls at this park, but it was STUNNING (the one we saw was the only one we were told that you could actually walk behind :D). If we are EVER in Portland, OR again - this will be on our list to visit again and see all the falls. :D It is for sure a must-see if you are in the area!
Nice facilities with showers and a playground. There was some minor flooding due to the extremely heavy rain but didn’t impact our stay. The campsite is nice and close to the lower falls trail
Amazing!!!! Long walk to see all of them but well worth the hike!!!!
Gorgeous! We stayed in a cabin, surrounded by lush greenery. The Falls are beautiful, and the first viewpoint is handicap accessible. The campground had some lovely buildings built by the CCC during the Depression. Great for all ages.
An absolute gorgeous campground! We only had the time to spend one night here, but it was an incredible experience. The restrooms and showers were very nice. I got up early and hiked to South Falls, which was gorgeous! I can't wait to stay here again!
Oregon's largest state park features full-service facilities with hiking trails and spectacular views of waterfalls. Some of Oregon's best remaining, low-elevation old-growth conifer forest is found here. Spotted, Barred, and Great Gray Owls all occur in the park, along with Northern Pygmy-Owl, Western Screech-Owl, and Northern Saw-whet Owl. Other specialties include Sooty and Ruffed Grouse, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hammond's and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, American Dipper, Hermit Warbler, Western Tanager, and Band-tailed Pigeon. The Park is also featured as a site on the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. Directions: From Silverton go SE on Hwy 214 (Silver Falls Hwy) approx 12 mi to park. GPS 44 52.55 N, 122 39.25 W.
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