Silver Falls State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This is the crown jewel of the Oregon State Parks system. Unless it’s a rainy weekday in the winter, you probably won’t be alone here, but it hardly matters. It’s one of the finest walks around. By the way, Silver Creek was named not for its color but for a pioneer named James Smith who settled here in the 1840s. He was known as “Silver” because it was said that he brought a bushel of silver dollars with him from back east. Be sure to visit South Falls Lodge, which you will pass on the way from the parking lot to the hike.
It was built of native stone and wood by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1941. Warm yourself by two massive fireplaces, enjoy photos of the park and some of the tools used by the CCC, and take advantage of that most modern of conveniences: a snack bar with an espresso stand. See if you can find Clark Gable, as well."