First and foremost, it's all about the waterfalls - all 10 of them - linked by paved hiking trails. Not a fan of sharing the trail with hikers when on your bike? There are miles of mountain bike trails. Have horses? They have trails too. Big group? Gotcha covered. Need a snack or gift? They're here. The campground is large and well-maintained. Sites are reservable. This is a park for all ages and all seasons.
Last minute I was able to reserve a campsite here this summer. The campground was not very big and our campsite was enclosed by bushes on either side which gave a sense of privacy. The bathrooms and showers were kept very clean and we had a water spout right at the end of our camp site. The campground was a short walk from many of the parks hikes. Unfortunately we could not take our dog to lots of the falls but we did the Ridgetrail and at least we were about to see 2 of them.
Went with an ex many years ago. We stayed in one of the small cabins very close to the upper trail to the falls.I think… lol
The cabin was cozy and stayed very warm as we went in the winter. We only walked around a short ways but the snow was beautiful and it was serenely quiet.
We thought we were going to end up in the middle of nowhere as we were driving out here, but once we got here it was great! We got the very last spot, as it is a popular place. There are bathrooms here, as well as the biggest ant hills I have ever seen.
Probably the easiest accessibility to the most awesome waterfalls per few square miles in Oregon. Ample Parking and many different falls and trails to choose from
Open year round. Our family loves Silver Falls State Park. I suggest visiting the park in a week day to avoid crowds. This is a popular spot for travelers and it can be hard to book campsites in advance. The falls loop is around 7 miles and can easily take a full day to see everything. Pack a picnic and enjoy the south falls area. Stargazing is a great activity in the meadow. They DO have a store, event center, and educational center on site for assistance. Friendly staff. Worth seeing. They have a great Christmas Festival that we volunteer at every year.
This beautiful location is about 30 minutes from any town and is my go to when I need a good hike in the Rim Trail or just a nice nature walk around the 10 Dalls Trail.
In recent years it has become very popular and the main falls area is over run with tourists at most points during the year.
Not the place to go if you are seeking to not see anyone, but once you pass the main falls loop near the lodge the heard things out the further you trek.
Most hiking trails are mild to moderate. Seeking more of a challenge? If you venture out to the rim trail or the K214 trail heads, then you will rarely see anyone; though be aware of cougars and I'd advise a bear bell. I've seen many tracks over the years up there ranging from Cubs to a large cat tracking a horse. Meow! You may meet horse riders on these trails as well.
All and all a beautiful local treasure that is a large enough park to hold many thousands of people and still feel like you are out in the woods enjoying nature.
Camp sites are available across the main road from the park. The main park area is for day use only.
We love hiking the trails and our kids love the playground and river swimming!
We enjoyed our stay here and loved the near by swimming hole. The sites are not very private which was a disappointment. Bathroom facilities are available, plus a picnic table and fire pit in each site.
This is an amazing spot year round. Our family has visited three times this year (Fall, Winter, and Summer). Perfect for daily adventures of hiking and waterfall viewing. During the summer and winter, they offer fun activities and events.
We actually prefer the off season because it isn’t as crowded and the waterfalls have more water than they do in the summer.