Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Silver Falls State Park is known as "crown jewel" for its beauty, gorgeous waterfalls and a wide range of recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, horse riding, camping, and much more. Established in 1933, Silver Falls Park represents Oregon's history with the inclusion of historical sites and buildings - most of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Two people are known as "Founding Fathers" of Silver Falls. A Silverton photographer June Drake led a 20-year campaign to transform the waterfalls and their surrounding area into a park. The first superintendent of Oregon State Parks Samuel Bordman expanded and developed the park's system including Silver Falls.
With its vast 9,200 acres of the land, Silver Falls State Park is also named as Oregon’s largest State Park. The park is famous for its scenic forested canyons, ten beautiful waterfalls, and 30 miles of trails that called Trails of Ten Falls. In fact, there are more than ten waterfalls. The five more falls are located on the North and South forks of the Silver Creek. The overall elevation in the park change of 1,300 feet.
Trail of Ten Falls
Nationally recognized, the 8.2-mile Trail of Ten Falls is listed as a moderate hike with 800 feet elevation gain. The trail is running along the Silver Creek, steep rocky canyon, ten beautiful waterfalls and, sometimes, it passes behind the water curtains. There are four waterfalls where this trail is passing behind the falls through naturally created huge caverns: South, Lower South, North and Middle North Falls.
Trail of Ten Falls is for hiking only. Dogs are allowed on the Rim and Upper North Falls trails portion of the hike. You can start your hike from South, Winter or North Falls trailheads. However, the parking at the Winter and North trailheads are limited. It might be wise at busy weekends to begin your hike at South Falls Lodge Trailhead.
The surface of trails is gravel and native bedrock. Most of the trails have gentle slopes. In some areas, there are steep slopes and stairs. During the rainy season there are patches of mud and water on the trails; during winter there are patches of ice. Beware of dangerous drop-offs.
Trail of Ten Falls Description
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Distance: 8.7 miles (14 km)
Trail Type: Loop
South Falls Lodge Trailhead - 44.8794, -122.658
Winter Falls Trailhead - 44.8849, -122.639
North Falls Trailhead - 44.884, -122.6203
Max Elevation: 1,833 ft (559 m)
Trail of Ten Falls - 800 ft (244 m)
Other Trails 1,300 ft (396 m)
Location: Foothills of the Oregon Cascade Mountains
- Not Allowed on Canyon Trail, Maple Ridge Trail, Twin Falls Trail and Winter Trail;
- Allowed on Rim Trail and Upper North Falls.
Activities: Day hiking
Other Activities in Silver Falls State Park: Horse Riding, biking, camping, picnicking, swimming
Silver Falls is one of the family-friendly. If you wish to trim your hike, there are connecting trails with separate access points that provide shortcuts to the parking area. Most routes start from the South Falls Day-Use Area.
The Canyon Trail runs 0.9 miles northward from South Falls Trailhead to Lower South Falls, then 1 mile eastward to Lower North Falls. The most remote Double Falls is 0.1 miles from this point. Continue along the Canyon Trail and you will find Drake Falls, Middle North Falls in 0.4 miles. Pass the junction the Canyon Trail with the Winter Falls Trail and in 0.3 miles you will reach Twin Falls. For North Falls proceed 1.1 miles further along the Canyon Trail.
The Maple Ridge Trail is an alternate 1-mile loop uphill from the junction with the Canyon Trail.
The Rim Trail leads 0.9 miles eastward from South Falls Lodge to Winter Falls Trailhead, and then 1.1 miles to North Falls Trailhead. Continue 0.3 miles to Upper North Falls. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the trail.
The short but steep 0.5-mile Twin Falls Trail leads from Twin Falls to Nature Play Area.
The short 0.3-mile Upper North Falls Trail is the Rim Trail' extension from North Falls Trailhead to Upper North Falls. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the trail.
0.5-mile Winter Trailheads from Winter Falls Trailhead northward to the Canyon Trail junction. Winter Falls is located 0.2 miles from the parking area and trailhead.
Silver Falls State park Features
South Falls Lodge
Built in the 1930, the historic South Falls Lodge and surrounding area have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lodge features café and free Wi-Fi.
Operated by the Friends of Silver Falls, the Nature Store in the historic South Falls Lodge sells locally crafted souvenirs.
Silver Falls Conference Center
Silver Falls Conference Center with central dining hall, meeting halls, heated swimming pool, volleyball court, horseshoe pit.
Playground & Swimming Area
The South Falls day-use area offers picnic shelters, tables, playground, a volleyball net, a horseshoe pit, an off-leash area for dogs, and swimming in Silver Creek.
Tent and RV camps, rustic log cabins, horse camp.
The 30-mile multi-purpose trails with dogs, horses, bikers and mountain bikers access.
|214 Trail||1.8 miles||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Bike Pass||3.5 miles||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Buck Mountain Loop||6.8 miles||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Cutoff Trail||0.8 miles||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Howard Creek Loop Trail||3 miles||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Lost Creek Trail||1 mile||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Nature Trail Trail||1.1 miles||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Perimeter Trail||5.9 miles||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Rackett Ridge Connector Trail||0.6 miles||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Rackett Ridge Trail||2.6 miles||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Smith Creek Trail||2.8 miles||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
Driving Directions to Silver Falls State Park
- From I-5 take Exit 254 onto OR-22 E/Santiam Hwy SE
- Follow OR-22 to Exit 7
- Take exit 7 for OR-214 toward Silver Falls/State
- Turn left onto OR-214 N/Silver Falls Hwy SE
- Follow 16.5 miles to the park
- Follow Silver Falls Tour Route.
Address: 22024 Silver Falls Hwy SE, Sublimity, Oregon
Phone: 503-873-8681 x 31
Passes: 12- or 24-month day-use parking permit for State Parks
Camping: 47 electrical, 46 tent campsites, 14 rustic log cabins, horse camp, RV loops.