Silver Falls State Park – Willamette Valley

Silver Falls State Park

The largest and most popular Oregon State Park, Silver Falls encompasses 9,200 acres of the stunning rainforest wilderness. 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

Double Falls - 178 ft (54.3 m)

Double Falls Silver Falls State Park

The tallest in Silver Falls State Park, Double Falls drop 178 feet (54.3 m) in two steps.

South Falls - 177 ft (54 m)

South Falls Silver Falls State ParkThe second tallest waterfall, South Falls is 177 feet (54 m) in height. The trail runs behind the curtain-like falls through naturally created mossy grotto.  The falls are within a short walk from South Falls Day-Use Area.

North Falls - 136 ft (41.5 m)

North Falls, Silver Falls State ParkNorth Falls is one of the most impressive. This is the large waterfalls with a trail passing behind the falls through naturally created huge caverns.

Winter Falls - 134 ft (40.8 m)

Winter Falls, Silver Falls State ParkWinter Falls can be dry by the end of summer. The best time to see this waterfall in action is the winter and spring seasons. The easy access is from the Winter Falls Trailhead.

Middle North Falls - 106 ft (32 m)

Middle North Falls, Silver State ParkMiddle North Falls is another waterfall with the trail running behind the water-curtain through the naturally created cave. The waterfall is accessible from the Canyon Trail. The nearest parking is Winter Falls parking area.

Lower South Falls - 93 ft (28.3 m)

Lower South Fall, Silver Falls State ParkOne of the most beautiful 93-foot Lower South Falls has a cave-like area and a trail running behind the falls.

Upper North Falls - 65 ft (19.8 m)

Upper North Falls, Solver Falls state parkUpper North Falls are not the tallest but scenic one with the water cascades of a basalt cliff. The waterfall is accessible by a 0.3-mile short hike from North Falls parking area.

Twin Falls - 31 ft (9.5 m)

Twin Falls, Silver Falls State ParkTwin Falls is smaller waterfall that gets its name from a large block of rock in the center of the stream that splits the flow into two forks.

Lower North Falls - 30 ft (9.1 m)

Lower North Falls, silver State ParkLower North Falls is not so impressive but still beautiful. The shortest hike to this waterfall is from the Winter Falls Trailhead.

Drake Falls - 27 ft  (8.2 m)

Drake Falls,l Silver Falls State ParkNamed after a photographer June Drake, Drake Falls is the smallest waterfall on Trail of Ten Falls. 

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.

Historic Silver Falls Day is held on the second weekend of July.

Christmas Party takes place on the second Saturday of December.

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:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *