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."

More Silver Falls State Park Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"This route takes you past many gorgeous waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park. 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 most well known waterfalls. Before you know it the trail takes you behind the falls in 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 big-leaf maple, sword fern, and Douglas fir. After passing several unique waterfalls, the trail follows the North Fork of Silver Creek and continues past more gorgeous canyon scenery. You’ll finish the loop high up on the rim on the Ridge Trail, which takes you through more shady pine forest on a fast, smooth track. Your best trail-running experience will be during non–prime time tourist hours in the early spring or late fall. Rest rooms and water are available at the trailhead."

Silver Falls State Park Loop Reviews

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7/24/2018
Even if you are a bit new to hiking, the constant gratification of beautiful falls is enough to push you through the more challenging parts.
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2/28/2014
Ditto to trekking. A hike I am sure I will do many times. It is also an awesome geological story
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5/7/2011
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" http://jennshike.blogspot.com/2011/05/santiam-state-forest-lower-and-upper.html
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9/6/2009
Excellent trail for the beginner-expert trail runner. Well paved and stunning natural beauty every where. Should be on every bodys visit list! Its also very easy to find...
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Trail Information

Salem
Nearby City
7.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours total
Duration
All year
Season
Waterfalls
Features
USGS Drake Crossing, Elk Prairie
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Oct 2018