Silver Falls State Park

People call it the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you know why. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national—and international—stage.

 

Its beauty, boundless recreational opportunities and historic presence keep it there. Nestled in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, less than an hour east of the state capital of Salem, the sprawling 9,200 acre property is the largest state park in Oregon, and one of the most popular.

Waterfalls:  Where else can you walk behind a waterfall? Check out the famous South Falls and see what a 177-foot curtain of water looks like from behind. It’s part of the Trail of Ten Falls, a spectacular, nationally recognized hiking trail that weaves through a dense forested landscape. The trail passes a series of breathtaking waterfalls along a rocky canyon, and descends to a winding creek at the forest floor. This 7.2 mile loop is considered to be a moderate hike, with an overall elevation change of 800 feet. Several connecting trails with separate access points make shorter routes. For everyone’s safety— absolutely no pets allowed on the Canyon Trail. Pets on leash are allowed on all other trails.

Boots, bikes, paws, hooves: The park offers more than 25 miles of backcountry trails for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding. Bears and cougars live in the more remote park areas.

Daytime activities: The South Falls Day-use area has spacious lawns, barbecue stands, picnic shelters, tables, a playground, horseshoe pits, an off lead area for dogs, and a charming creek. Ever since the opening day in 1933, visitors have been using these grounds for potlucks, family reunions and weddings.

Overnight: The main campground has tent sites, RV spots and cabins. Bring your horse and stay in the horse campground. If you need an area for many people, the park also has group tent and RV camps, dormitory-style bunkhouses (each Ranch sleeps 75) and the historic Youth Camp for up to 250 campers.

The Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center offers a variety of amenities for all visitors to the park. Relax and enjoy comfortable lodging within the wooded setting, or feast at the many catered specialty events. Enjoy a preordered meal at the historic dining hall or order a box lunch to take on a hike or to your campsite. They also specialize in hosting special events! Visit silverfallslodge.com or call 866-575-8875.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 5.0/5 TripAdvisor Traveler Rating based on 961 reviews

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    January 29, 2024
    Joseph R

    Awesome Park

    We only did the first 2 waterfalls, and then looped back to the parking area, and even then we walked about 4 miles, which was a good bit on our kids. That said, the waterfalls themselves were gorgeous, and walking behind them was a really cool thing to do. We did get rained on while there, and luckily the tree canopy is pretty thick so it wasn't terrible, but it was raining hard and eventually you definitely got to a point where you were ready to leave. But overall, really great park.

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    November 4, 2023
    MrNjorl

    North Falls rim hike

    Went during a low flow period so falls on this trail were trickling. The hike itself was moderate with steep sections but smooth footing. If you are not in good shape, hike the rim loop in a counterclockwise direction. That way the steepest portion is downhill.

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    October 2, 2023
    ChuckY502

    What an Amazing Scenic Hike through Various Waterfalls

    My wife and I are from Vancouver BC and went down to Oregon for the last two weeks of September to go camping, sight seeing, hiking, and kayaking. We did our research of things to see / do before we went. Silver Falls was our first item to visit. Wow! is the word that comes to mind for me. What an incredible hike we went on. My wife and I did the 2.5 Hr canyon hike that meanders its way through the park. This particular trail has up to 10 waterfalls to see. It was so cool walking behind the waterfalls. I can imagine the falls if you were to go when the snow pack is melting in the Spring time. When we went it was still amazing to see. Highly recommend out of all the sights we seen in the two weeks we were in Oregon .

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    October 2, 2023
    TAMMYSUE2013

    DON'T MISS THIS SPECTACULAR PARK!

    7 WATERFALLS in less than 3 miles of walk-hiking.... Unbelievable! There are 10 to be seen.... Our "walk in the rain" got us to many and was oh-so-worth-it!

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    September 29, 2023
    ksufan88

    Well marked trails

    We hiked the Trail of 10 falls on a Sunday morning. We easily found parking ($5) in one of the lots near South Falls. The trails were fairly busy initially as we walked the canyon trail, but emptied out as we continued onward. The large majority of the trail was shaded so the sun and heat wasn’t an issue. We found each trail intersection well marked so had no issues navigating the trails.

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