The scenic Alsea Falls in a old-growth lush forest is a must-visit attraction for those who love the sound of cascading waterfalls and the tranquility of wild nature. Situated along the National Back County Byway in the Coast Range, the picturesque 30-foot waterfall offers visitors a great opportunity to enjoy the stunning beauty of wild nature.
The South Fork of the coastal Alsea River streams through the Central Coast Range and enters the Alsea River near the town of Alsea. The river forms the gradually cascading waterfall which inspires visitors to take amazing photos.
Popular among hikers and mountain bikers, Alsea Falls trails traverse over 12 miles of untouched forest landscapes along the South Fork Alsea River and Peak Creek, offering vistas of the gorgeous Alsea and Green Peak Falls to enjoy.
The amazing thing about the Alsea Falls Recreation Site is that it has plenty of trails that you can use for hiking or mountain biking trips, short or long one. Don't worry about getting lost because there are many signs along the trail which makes it easy for you to locate your campsite or parking area.
This stunning location is also a great place for fishing, swimming, and camping. The recreation site has 21 overnight campsites that accommodate visitors looking for single or group campsites. Also, 15 picnic sites are located along the South Fork Alsea River.
Green Peak Falls is an incredible attraction nearby that you can visit as well. This waterfall cascades 45 feet down and can be accessed by the 2.1-mile trail from the Alsea Falls Trailhead or the 0.5-mile path from the McBee Memorial Park Trailhead.
Alsea Falls | General Description
Open: Year-round from dawn until dusk (for day-use)
Location: Alsea Falls Recreation Area, Central Coast Range
Services: Vault toilets and drinking water within the campground
Activities: Camping, hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking
Accommodations: Campgrounds for tents and large RVs or trailers
Distance from the parking: 0.1 miles
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Light to high
Elevation: 830 ft (253 m)
Alsea Falls is located:
- 29 miles southwest of Corvallis
- 37 miles northwest of Eugene
- 69 miles southwest of Salem
- 113 miles southwest of Portland.
- Travel 16 miles south by Pacific Highway OR-99W to Alpine Road
- Turn right onto Alpine Road and drive about 9 miles, Alpine Road becomes South Fork Road
- Continue 3.5 miles on South Fork Road to the recreation site on the right.
From Alsea (Highway OR-34),
- Turn south to 1st Street/Alsea-Deadwood Highway and travel 1 mile to South Fork Road
- Turn left onto South Fork Road and continue 7.5 miles to the recreation site on the left.