Silver Falls State Park in Silverton, Oregon, is one of those rare places that waterfall chasers dream about. If you do the full trail, you can see 10 waterfalls, in a 7-mile loop which doesn’t require that much effort. Of course, the ease of seeing them, makes for a crowded trail. But, it’s definitely a trail worth exploring.
Silver Falls State Park is pretty special, as there are four waterfalls, you can even walk behind which gives you a unique view of a waterfall if this is something you’ve never done.
Five of the waterfalls are more than 100 feet high!
Also, there are many side trails at Silver Falls State Park that allow you to take shortcuts back to your car if you don’t want to commit to the full hike.
This makes it a great hike for families and beginning hikers.
If you skip both North Falls and Twin Falls, you also cut the hike down to 5 miles.
If you turn back after Lower South Falls, then you shorten the hike down to 3 miles.
One thing is for sure, you rarely find trails with this many waterfalls in such a short distance.
Silver Falls State Park is open all year.
It’s rare that there’s snow at the park in winter, so it’s a great spot to hike when it’s not raining, even if it’s cold outside.
From March-May, you are likely to see beautiful wildflowers along the trail. The waterfalls also have the most water flowing in Spring.
Of the two parking lots (North and South Falls), the South Falls lot has the most parking, so you are more likely to find a parking space here.
Parking cost is $5 for the day. You can also make reservations ahead of time to camp at Silver Falls.
Silver Falls State Park is only an hour and a half from Portland, making it a great day trip.
Make sure to wear good hiking shoes that you can get muddy and wet. And, bring snacks and plenty of water.
Silver Falls State Park can get quite crowded, as it’s a well-known destination, so you definitely won’t have the trails to yourself. But, you will experience some of the prettiest waterfalls that you’ve ever seen.