Brice Creek runs through the scenic canyon of the western slope of the Cascade Mountains. It flows into the Row River which in turns empties into the Willamette River. Due to its proximity to Eugene, Brice Creek is a popular destination on a hot summer day. Here you'll find excellent places for sunbathing, wading and natural dipping. One of the best swimming and cliff jumping spots that feature outstanding scenery, cascading waterfalls, and a deep plunge pool is the Brice Creek Falls, which is located 0.3 miles upstream of Cedar Creek Campground.
The 0.3-mile section of the Brice Creek Trail is well-maintained and accessible. This part of the trail begins from Cedar Creek Trailhead and runs to the Brice Creek Falls viewing platform. On your way to the waterfalls, you will find a quiet swimming hole conventionally located near Cedar Creek Campground and the trail.
However, if you prefer sounds of waterfalls, deep emerald pools, rocks, and cliff which are ideal for jumping, Brice Creek Falls is the best choice.
A gorgeous deep plunge pool has been formed in the rocky canyon by the cascading falls and creek's flow. The swimming hole is partially lined with the rock ledges and rocks. Flat rocks serve as a sunbathing and jumping platforms. A small beach is made from sand and river rocks.
Cautions: Cliff jumping and slippery rocks are associated with risks, please use caution and make safe decisions.
The Brice Creek area provides plenty of opportunities for a wide range of activities including photography, hiking, bicycling, camping, fishing, berry picking, and even panning for gold.
Access allowed: May 26 - September 12 from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate to heavy
Accommodations: Family Campground
Managed: Cottage Grove Ranger District, USDA
GPS coordinates: 43.669, -122.704
Elevation: 1,200 ft (366 m)
Sharps Creek Location:
- 18 miles southeast of Cottage Grove
- 40 miles southeast of Eugene
- 60 miles northeast of Roseburg
- 101 miles southeast of Salem
Body of water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Beach: Bedrock and gravel
Water T° (summer): Cool
Panning for gold
- From I-5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174), travel east on Row River Road for 19.4 miles to the junction of Layng Creek Road (#17) and Brice Creek Road (#2470/22)
- Turn right onto Brice Creek Road and continue 4.7 miles onto Road 22 to Cedar Creek Campground on the left
- Park your car, cross the footbridge and hike 0.3 miles along The Brice Creek upstream to the Brice Creek Falls.
USDA Forest Service