At Siuslaw bridge in Mapleton, leave Highway 126 and go south on Sweet Creek Road. A beautiful 11 mile (18 km) drive will take you to the first trailhead. Parking lots are available at each trailhead. Eleven waterfalls in all.
What a surprise!
Wow! What a great place. Not sure what I was expecting, but not this. The Homestead parking area was almost full when we arrived on a Saturday at 12:30. There is a (stinky) vault toilet facility available. The trail wanders through tall Douglas-fir, Alder and Big Leaf maple which provide good shade. All the while listening to the rushing water from Sweet Creek. Since there has been no rain recently, we expected the falls to be pretty dry but they weren’t. I imagine they are even more striking in the spring. There is plenty of access to the water, and we wished we had worn bathing suits. We did find some cool pools to dip our toes in though. We saw several people walking through the creek rather than on the trail, and it looked like fun. The trail is pretty well maintained although there are roots and rocks to trip you. It was more crowded as late afternoon approached. Lots of families with water toys and such. Would love to come back and visit on a weekday when it is quieter. Definitely recommend!
Can't Wait to Return in the Fall
This was a really nice 2.2 mile round trip hike along side a nice river with multiple small falls along the way. We'd been having rainstorms for days, so the trail was a bit slippery in places, but should be a breeze on dry days. A lot of people there. Can't wait to return in the fall to see some colors.
Breathtaking waterfalls at every turn it takes a long time to take a relatively short hike because you have to stop so much to take photos. A MUST SEE!
Fun short hike.
This is an easy beautiful hike. However, the trail is uneven with rocks and tree roots. Not a problem for many of us, but some people might find the surface too uneven. Waterfalls are so pretty.
I'm like everyone else: I love waterfalls. This one was recommended in my lonely planet book. Why? Ok ok, the walk up to the waterfall was nice I guess, and there are places to stop off (and even dip in the water if you so desire). But after walking 20-30 minutes, I expected to be rewarded: I wasn't. It was a very dull waterfall which you couldn't see in its entirety. I won't get those 2 hours back.