Green Lakes Trail
Fall Creek Falls in the Three Sisters Wilderness rushes past the Green Lakes Trail. Photo by Troy McMullin / Pacific Crest Stock.
The 113-foot cataract of Toketee Falls can be found on Southern Oregon's North Umpqua River. Photo by Index Stock.
Walk behind South Falls, one of 10 cascades along the Trail of Ten Falls in Silver Falls State Park. Photo by Douglas Orton.
Ramona Falls, on the west side of Mt. Hood, can be accessed 3.5 miles in from the trailhead near the village of Zigzag. Photo by Masterfile.
Tucked away in a slot canyon, Oneonta Falls rushes down the moss-covered walls in the Columbia River Gorge. Photo by Ty Milford / Masterfile.

Crashing, boiling, breathtaking, roaring. These are the words used by writers, poets and travelers to describe the waterfalls of Oregon. What’s harder to capture is our fascination with these powerful cascading streams that spill out of the wooded hillsides and snow-capped mountains around the state. Year after year we return to witness the cycle of rejuvenation from mountain peak to river to ocean and back again. Close your eyes and feel the spray on your face. Dip in a toe or wade upstream. Feel the summer season in the beauty of the falls.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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  1. Ted Black says…

    The map showing the Itinerary for the The Beauty of the Falls is really useful.But it is tiny – and won’t enlarge. And it does not print out properly. Pity – because it is very useful.

    Written on May 31st, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  2. 4vacation says…

    I can’t figure out how to make this itinerary useful – map doesn’t link to Google to really plan. Photos are pretty to look through but it would be more helpful to have a text itinerary to help with planning.

    Written on June 24th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  3. JudyP4 says…

    How do you find highway and miles for this trip?

    Written on July 28th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
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