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Discover Hiking in Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park

Hiking in Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park is an Oregon hike must-do.

Whether you want to go for the day, or make a weekend of it by hiking and camping, you can.

There is a campground across from the main hiking park entrance. Book your campsite online through Reserve America.

The most popular attractions at this state park includes 10 stunning waterfalls and a plethora of large sequoia trees.

I mean large! Just look at this picture of me standing in front of one of the trees along the hike.

Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park

 

There are two popular routes to take. The longest hike is nearly 7 miles, which will allow you to see all 10 waterfalls, while the shorter loop is just under over 5 miles.

Waterfall at Silver Falls State Park
Waterfall at Silver Falls State Park

However if both of those hikes sound too daunting you can also opt for a shorter 3 mile mile loop by taking a u-turn right after the Lower South Falls.

Waterfall
View from underneath one of the waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park

Half of all waterfalls at Silver Falls state park are over 100ft tall. They really are a spectacular site to see.

Accessibility:

The park is open all year round.  I have done this hike in late November around Thanksgiving and it was packed with people. You do need to use some caution on slippery and icy areas.  When I went with my husband and father in law we each fell at one point.  Luckily no one got hurt.

Parking:

There is a very large parking lot at Silver Falls State Park. Parking costs are about $3-$5 for the day.

Getting There:

From Portland, OR – 1 hour ½ drive south on I-5

From Salem, OR – 45 minutes east on OR-22

Eating Options Après Hike:

The town of Silverton is small with a population of about 10,000 people. It is a 16 mile drive from Silver Falls State Park and provides a nice retreat after a morning of hiking.

Stop for lunch at Gather and then grab an Ale beer from Silver Falls Brewery.