Silver Falls State Park

Do you like waterfalls? Of course you do. If there's a better place in the universe to view as many in so short a time, amid so much beauty, I'd like to know about it.

5
hours of fun

Temporarily closed

As far as we know, this location is temporarily closed but has plans to reopen in the future.

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A photograph taken at Silver Falls State Park
A photograph taken at Silver Falls State Park
A photograph taken at Silver Falls State Park
A photograph taken at Silver Falls State Park

Pros

  • Ten (count ’em) waterfalls in an 8.7 mile loop.
  • Or – more manageably with smaller children – eight in a 4.2 almost loop: park at the North Falls trailhead, hike up to Double Falls, then loop back via the Winter Falls trailhead. Or the opposite.
  • Waterfalls you can walk behind. The South and North falls are the most accessible examples, but the Middle North Falls are the best.
  • All so beautiful you will have a hard time believing it.
  • Considering quite how lovely it is, not that busy.
  • Reminds you why you live here and why you will never leave.

Cons

  • Day use permits required, available at both the North and South Falls trailheads.
  • You got me, it’s totally not in Portland. But it is a pretty drive.

in the area

Shellburg Falls are close by, but you won’t be going there on the same day. Silverton itself is a pretty little town.

if you like this…

Latourell and Wahclella are our other favorite child-friendly waterfall hikes.

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First posted: April 13, 2015; last updated: May 18, 2020.

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A photograph taken at Silver Falls State Park
A photograph taken at Silver Falls State Park
A photograph taken at Silver Falls State Park
A photograph taken at Silver Falls State Park
A photograph taken at Silver Falls State Park

20024 Silver Falls Hwy SE Sublimity, OR 97385 [Google map].

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