Silver Falls Park – A Hiking Trail of Waterfalls


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.


Upper South Falls


South Falls


Photo Bomb!











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.


my handsome hiking buddy – my grandson!


We headed up to the North Falls and took the very easy trail to both North Falls and Upper North Falls.


North Falls


Upper North Falls the easiest of the trails


The park also offers camping and small primitive cabins.  (Click here for more info)

It was established in 1933 and developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Visit the Oregon State Parks or Friends of Silver Falls websites for more information on the history of the park.








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.




About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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17 Responses to Silver Falls Park – A Hiking Trail of Waterfalls

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  2. Beautiful shots! Looks like a great place to visit and experience. I have yet to see a waterfall in person so this makes me want to visit even more! Thanks for sharing it. Found you at Weekends are Fun Blog Hop and now following on Bloglovin’. Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

  3. Those waterfalls look beautiful! great shots

  4. Wow, this is beautiful. Makes me want to go hiking (and very few things make me want to get off the couch!).

  5. Erlene says:

    Kind of reminds me of hiking in Hawaii. Very nice hike and park.

  6. Jo May says:

    wow, beautiful country, would love to visit some day

  7. What a beautiful place. Makes me look forward to visiting more state parks this summer.

  8. ananda says:

    how beautiful!! i wish i discovered your blog before we went to oregon! will definitely come here for planning our next trip! =)

  9. andicoupon says:

    beautiful scenery…just beautiful… 😀

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