It goes without saying that Oregon boasts some of the most stunning scenery in North America like Crater Lake, the Pacific Coast, and so much more. One of the most stunning state parks in the state is Silver Falls State Park. The park is situated in a stunning region of Oregon not far from Salem and close to the magical area of Mount Hood National Forest.
Any good road trip in Oregon should include a hike of the park's Trail of Ten Falls and see why these falls are considered some of the most stunning in the region. The Pacific Northwest is famous for its natural beauty and it is possible to just get lost exploring the jaw-dropping coastlines, the forested mountains, and the dramatic volcanoes.
What To Know About Oregon's Silver Falls State Park
"People call it the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you know why. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national—and international—stage."Oregon State Parks
Silver Falls State Park is the largest state park in the state covering an area of over 9,000 acres (36 km2). The park is famous for its stunning waterfalls - particularly along the Cayon Trail/Trail of Ten Falls that runs along Silver Creek.
- Size: 9,000 acres (36 km2)
Silver Falls State Park boasts over 24 miles or 39 km of hiking trails, 14 miles or 23 km of horse trails, and a 4-mile-long bike path.
- Hiking Trails: Over 24 Miles Of Hiking Trails
- Tip: Go In The Autumn and See The Stunning Fall Foliage
If one is fond of horse riding, then there are paths for that as well as mountain biking trails. There is also a day-use area by the South Falls. Here one will find spacious lawns, tables, a playground, BBQ stands, an off-lead area for dogs, and more.
There is a range of hikes to choose from. These range from short walks that one can do if one only has an hour or less, to longer walks if one would like to stroll for two to three hours, or day hikes. There are also some back-country hikes for those wanting to get further off the beaten track.
Waterfalls And The Trail of Ten Falls
The Waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park is famous for its many dazzling waterfalls. Here one can walk behind a waterfall and see from the inside was the 177-foot curtain of falling water looks like.
Some of the more remarkable falls include; South Falls, Lower South Falls, Lower North Falls, Double Falls, Drake Falls, Middle North Falls, Winter Falls, Twin Falls, North Falls, and Upper North Falls (naming was apparently a little uninspired).
The Trail of Ten Falls is a must for anyone visiting the state park. The trail is particularly spectacular and weaves its way through the densely forested landscape of the area. Along the trail, see a series of eye-watering waterfalls as well as a stunning rocky canyon.
- Canyon Trail/Trail of Ten Falls: Leads to 10 Waterfalls
- South Falls: The Park's Most Popular Waterfall
- Double Falls: The Highest Waterfall In The Park
The Trail of Ten Falls descends the canyon to the winding creek. One can choose to hike the full 7.2-mile long loop or take one of the connecting trails that form shorter routes. However, one will have to leave one's pooch behind - pets are forbidden on the Canyon Trail (although they are permitted on a leash on all the other trails in the park.
- Length: 7.2 Mile Loop
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Elevation Change: 800 Feet
- Pets: Not Permitted On The Canyon Trail (Permitted On A Leash On The Other Trails)
Camping At Silver Falls State Park
Camping is also an option in the park. The main campground is complete with cabins, RV spots, and (of course) tent sites. It is even possible to bring a horse to the campground. Reservations can be made at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com and they are required for cabin stays.
- Caution: If Camping Be Careful about The Food, Bears and Cougars Live In The Park
- Cabins: 14 (7 pet-friendly, open year-round)
The Howard Creek Horse Camp is open seasonally from May through October.