After writing about Champoeg, a wonderful little gem we found in Northern Oregon, it was recommended by one of my readers to visit Silver Falls State Park. So of course we made a point of checking it out. And I am so glad we did.
At 9,000 acres, Silver Falls is Oregon’s largest State Park. With it’s 10 waterfalls, an abundance of trees, meadows, creeks, swimming areas, playgrounds, and more than 25 miles of trails, this beautiful park has it all!
Even friendly wildlife!
This handsome young buck wasn’t the least bit concerned that we were approaching him with two kids on bikes, and a black lab in tow. He gracefully sauntered into some bushes across the road, only after stopping for a quick snack of vegetation.
We did have a few minor complaints, however. The first one being that dogs aren’t allowed in the canyon (where all the waterfalls are). I understand it, I really do – but it was still a bit disappointing that we couldn’t bring our trusted companion along with us while hiking.
Also please be aware that much of the 25 miles of trails in Silver Falls State Park are for walking only, even though they claim to be ‘multi-use’. So the kids were a little disappointed their bikes weren’t allowed on many of the trails.
The last complaint was the fact we only had one night to enjoy all the park had to offer, for it was most definitely not enough!
Have you ever wanted to get behind a waterfall?
Hike the Trail of Ten Falls and check out the famous South Falls to see what a 177-foot curtain of water looks like from behind. This nationally recognized hiking trail weaves through a dense forested landscape, passes a series of breathtaking waterfalls along a rocky canyon, and descends to a winding creek at the forest floor. To fully complete, it is a 7.2 mile loop of moderate hiking with an overall elevation change of 800 feet. However, there are several connecting trails with separate access points which make for shorter routes.
Getting To Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is approximately 45 minutes east of Salem, Oregon.
We took the scenic route (OR-213N/Silverton Road NE) through the pretty little town of Silverton, and then switched to OR-214 S, which meanders through hundreds of Christmas tree farms. We were so baffled by how many we came across that we tried Googling it, but came up empty on why there is such a heavy concentration of Christmas tree farms in that one area. (If any of you are from Oregon and wish to enlighten me, I would greatly appreciate it).
Ah yes, Silver Fall State Park is yet another wonderful reason to visit Oregon.
Have you been?
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