Silver Falls State Park Loop

Salem, Oregon 97312

Silver Falls State Park Loop

Silver Falls State Park Loop Professional Review and Guide

"It’s hardly surprising that the trails in Silver Falls State Park, in a beautiful forested canyon hosting ten spectacular waterfalls, are popular. In fact, this 8700-acre crown jewel of one of the finest state park systems in the country is visited by thousands of hikers and car-bound tourists every year. But don’t be put off by the crowds, because the popularity is well deserved. Just try to visit on a weekday. There are two possible starting points for this loop.

South Falls is the more popular, with a campground, a picnic area, a gift shop, and an enormous parking lot, but as described here, begin at quieter North Falls, where a much smaller parking lot provides access to the northeast part of the loop. At either location, you must have a day-use parking permit, which you can buy either at the South Falls entrance station or the self-serve pay station at North Falls."

Silver Falls State Park Loop Reviews

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I loved it even though it rained and was wet, slick, muddy -- I loved this area. It's easy and relatively flat except in areas that I had to get great pictures but otherwise a great trail for kids and families of all ages. Just be super careful when you get to one of the falls. The ledge is quite high and slick. A dog had fallen off the ledge and died. Was on KATU news. :( You must go in SPRING to get the full waterfall effect. Otherwise, the waterfall display is minimal and not so grandeur! Like most waterfalls in Oregon. Check out my blog on how to get there and for more pictures. I took the pictures on my camera phone. Next time it will be with a "real camera"

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Trail Information

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4 hours total
All year
USGS Drake Crossing, Elk Prairie
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Aug 2018