Silver Falls State Park

Sublimity, Oregon 97317

Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park Professional Guide

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"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."

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Best Hikes Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"The waterfalls, most of which are accessed only by trail, are the centerpiece of Oregon’s largest state park. Silver Falls State Park covers more than 9,000 acres in the foothills of the Cascade Range southeast of Silverton, Oregon. The hike described here leads the hiker to views of nine of these spectacular waterfalls, as they plunge over stacked layers of ancient lava." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Swimming, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Silver Falls State Park, 503-873-8681,
Local Contacts
Free maps in South Falls Lodge, at trailheads and online.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018