Silver Falls State Park

Salem, Oregon 97312

Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This gorgeous singletrack path weaves through Silver Creek Canyon past many spectacular waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park. The trail starts next to South Falls Lodge and descends steeply into the canyon. Immediately you’ll have a grand view of 177-foot South Falls—one of the park’s best known waterfalls. Before you know it, the trail takes you behind the falls into a unique basalt cave.

The cooling spray from the sweeping cascade is a welcome relief on a hot summer’s day. The trail continues to travel along the South Fork of Silver Creek through a forest of bigleaf maple, sword fern, and Douglas fir. After passing several more waterfalls, the trail follows the North Fork of Silver Creek, continuing past more gorgeous canyon scenery. You’ll finish the loop high on the rim on the Ridge Trail, which takes you through more shady pine forest."

Silver Falls State Park Reviews

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3/10/2009
Great hike, lots of up and down, great river the entire way and water falls. Really nice.
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4/26/2008
Did hike as a trail run in late April - 2hrs - easy to moderate - rolling hills, some steep downhills and some steep uphills, but mostly rolling or flat. Spectacularly beautiful - incredible waterfalls, lush forest/fern hillsides, interesting canyon setting. Trail took you behind several waterfalls - under cave-like rock outcropping - very cool. We started at the Silver Falls Lodge trailhead, but noticed several other potential starting points, like at the Winter Falls trailhead or the North Falls trailhead. We did loop clockwise, which takes you past waterfalls in first half of hike (approx 3 miles), with second half of hike not as stunningly scenic, but still nice and woodsy. Hike starts at top of canyon rim, goes down, makes ascent up out of canyon, then along rim trail for 2nd half. Trail mostly dry, with a few muddy patches (it had rained several days prior). We ate our picnic lunch at a picnic table near the river after finishing up. Lodge had a little snack bar with hot dogs and hot beverages. Cute gift shop where they sell weiner/marshmellow roasting sticks. Picnic tables around river - had grilling grates for BBQ. Great hike, great day. Would highly recommend. Trail was slightly crowded, but places of extreme beauty often are. Wasn't wall to wall, but was not a solitary experience.
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9/17/2006
Why this trail is not ranked top 10 in the US is beyond me. Like 12 waterfalls in under 7 miles. Oregon at its finest.
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4/23/2006
Waterfalls are spectacular. Nice elevation changes and great old growth trees. Fairly busy towards afternoon.
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Trail Information

Salem
Nearby City
6.9
Distance
515 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 to 3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Oregon State Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Drake Crossing
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018