Silver Falls State Park with an area of 9,200 acres is the largest and most popular Oregon State Park. Opened to the public in 1933, the park with scenic forested canyons, ten gorgeous waterfalls, and 30 miles of trails is called the “crown jewel”. If you include the five more waterfalls on the North and South Forks of the Silver Creek, it amounts to a total of 15 waterfalls. The overall elevation in the park change of 1,300 feet. The scenery is gorgeous at any time of year but will be even more beautiful in the spring season when the water level is higher.
Silver Falls is titled as “Recreational Demonstration Area” by then-President Roosevelt in 1934, and the Civilian Conservation Corps developed it as a park. Also June D. Drake, a Silverton photographer passionate about the park led a 20-year campaign to transform that area into a beautiful recreation area. One of the ten falls has named after him as an honor for his efforts.
The Trail of Ten Falls is the main attraction in the Silver Falls State Park. While hiking along the seven-mile round trail, you will be able to see ten majestic waterfalls, five of them are more than 100 feet high and four of them have natural pathways behind the falls. A shorter loop begins at the North Falls parking and trailhead. Due to the North Falls' parking area is limited, at busy weekend park your car at the South Falls Trailhead.
Silver Falls State Park Features
The 3.5-mile loop paved bike path is running parallels the Rim Trail, passes the campground, day-use and swimming areas. There are no waterfalls.
The 25-mile multi-purpose trails with dogs, horses, bikers and mountain bikers access. The trailhead is located on the southwest end of the park (North Falls Trailhead and the Howard Creek Horse Camp' parking area).
Built in the 1930, the historic South Falls Lodge and surrounding area have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lodge features café and free Wi-Fi.
Operated by the Friends of Silver Falls, the Nature Store in the historic South Falls Lodge sells locally crafted souvenirs.
Silver Falls Conference Center with central dining hall, meeting halls, heated swimming pool, volleyball court, horseshoe pit.
Accommodations. Tent and RV camps, rustic log cabins, horse camp.
Playground & swimming area. The South Falls day-use area offers picnic shelters, tables, playground, a volleyball net, a horseshoe pit, an off-leash area for dogs, and swimming in Silver Creek.
Ten Falls on the Trails
Festivals and Events
Mothers' Day birding and Wildflower Festival takes place the second weekend of May.
State Parks Day and Silver Falls Challenge Race - the first weekend of June. All State Parks are free of charge.
Historic Silver Falls Day is held on the second weekend of July. A one-day outing at Silver Falls State Park will feature a little bit of history, a little bit of music, some family games and, as planned, a lot of fun.
Christmas Party takes place on the second Saturday of December. Bring your family and friends and see all the decorations that our Friends of Silver Falls, AmeriCorps team, and staff have been busy preparing. There will be live music and many craft stations where children are able to build ornaments, bird box and wreaths You will meet Santa Claus and listen to holiday stories.
Driving Directions to Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is located 26 miles East of Salem. From I-5 take Exit 254 onto OR-22 E/Santiam Hwy SE. Follow OR-22 to Exit 7. Take exit 7 for OR-214 toward Silver Falls/State, turn left onto OR-214 N/Silver Falls Hwy SE, and follow 16.5 miles to the park. Then follow Silver Falls Tour Route.
Address: 22024 Silver Falls Hwy SE, Sublimity, Oregon
Phone: 503-873-8681 x 31
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Passes: 12- or 24-month day-use parking permit for State Parks
Camping: 47 electrical, 46 tent, campsites, 14 rustic log cabins, horse camp, RV loops.
Online Reservation: www.reserveamerica.com