Silver Falls State park is a 6,000 acre park, 20 miles SE of Salem. It is a beautiful stretch of Canyonlands touting ten beautiful waterfalls.
Parking permits are available at the South Falls and required at all the trail head parking lots. The day use fee is $5 – a fair amount when you consider the amount of maintenance required to keep the park so beautiful for visitors!
I took a day trip with my husband and grandson and we started off at the South Falls and hiked down to the both the upper and lower South Falls.
The trail down was about a mile and half – the trail back up to the South falls lodge was one mile – up hill – and hard for this old lady!! (But I did it! barely).
Along the way there were thousands of salmon berries calling to be tasted. I tasted and did not like! They are a sour little berry!
There were also a variety of ferns growing around the cliff sides and out of the rocks
We tried several times to get to Winter Falls from the trail head, but the small parking lot was always full.
We headed up to the North Falls and took the very easy trail to both North Falls and Upper North Falls.
The park also offers camping and small primitive cabins. (Click here for more info)
It’s a great place to hike, have a picnic, go camping or just sit on one of the many benches along the trail and watch the wild life that lives along the banks of the river.