Directions: Take 205 to exit 10 and drive south on Oregon 213. Turn left on to Highway 214 and drive 14 miles to the Silver Falls State Park. Park in the South Falls Lodge area.
Silver Falls is a very popular year-round hiking destination, so pack your patience.
We chose to hike this trail “backwards” so we could save the most popular waterfall for last. Some of the trails were undergoing maintenance and we completely missed one waterfall on accident, so we were able to see 8 of the 10 waterfalls. We were on a bit of a time crunch which led us to not pay as close attention. From the parking area we headed towards Winter Falls and followed the loop from there. This is pretty much a park-and-go hike that doesn’t need much explanation. You follow along Silver Creek almost the whole way, crossing the creek a few times over nice bridges. The trails area loaded with huge trees and there are two areas with pretty steep staircases. All of the trails are well maintained and clearly marked. Make sure you get a trail map before you head out, it’s a really good map and has pictures.
Here’s a few highlights from the hike…
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Pet Friendly: No. Dogs are not allowed on most trails.
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: $5 entrance fee.
Overall: This place is great…even with the crowds.