6 Lesser-Known Waterfalls in Oregon
Get out there and discover these not-quite-secret cascades. Just don’t tell everybody.
It would be easy to believe that the only place to discover stunning waterfalls in Oregon is the Columbia River Gorge — it’s home to dozens of falls cascading off basalt cliffs.
Two million people visit Multnomah Falls each year — the Gorge’s most-visited attraction — while crowds almost as large swarm nearby cascades such as Horsetail, Wahkeena and Bridal Veil falls.
Yet when it comes to the multitude of waterfalls dotting the Oregon landscape, Multnomah Falls and the Gorge barely scratch the surface.
Spectacular waterfalls can be found in the Central Cascades and Coast Range — in the high desert, Oregon Coast and North Umpqua canyon — on trails and viewpoints where solitude is the norm and crowds are the exception.
Heck, even the Gorge has a few secrets if you know where to look.
Included here are six of Oregon’s most beautiful but lesser-known waterfalls. All six feature easy access from the road, family-friendly trails and a quieter experience.
about author Zach Urness
Zach Urness is the outdoors editor at the Statesman Journal in Salem and the author of the book "Hiking Southern Oregon." His work regularly appears in USA Today, the Seattle Times and many other periodicals.
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