Silver Falls State Park -
Situated within the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, Silver Falls State Park, located 25 miles east of Salem, exemplifies Oregon State Parks mission of excellence. A large forested landscape, boasted by world class waterfalls and nationally distinguished historic buildings, provides a variety of recreational opportunities for the whole family. Though the Trail of Ten falls may be the main allure, the diversity of outdoor recreation including picnicking, camping, fishing, swimming and wildlife observation, makes Silver Falls State Park a popular destination year round.
The Trail of Ten Falls is a designated National Recreation Trail, and lures photographers, hikers and waterfall enthusiasts alike. Listed as a moderate hike with 800-feet elevation variation, sturdy shoes and a camera are encouraged. Each of the three trailheads leading into the canyon starts atop of an over 100-foot waterfall. The descent into the pristine canyon begins within the canopy of towering Douglas-firs, as it meanders down to the undergrowth of ferns into the heart of the canyon, meeting up with the winding creek. Whether you are up for the full nine mile trek or a shortened journey, the Canyon trail is and enjoyable and beautiful hike as you as explore from one falls to the next.
As the largest state park within Oregon, Silver Falls offers diverse opportunities for recreation with plenty of room for all visitors. For the equestrians, dog owners, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, more than 25 miles of multi-use backcountry trails spread over the 9,000 acres offer a great escape. Surrounded by Douglas-fir, western hemlock, Oregon grape, salal, sword fern and the remnants of old growth forest, the trails of Rackett Ridge, Perimeter and Buck Mountain loop provide remarkable scenery with a variety of plant and animal life. Pacific black-tail deer, black bear, coyotes and cougars thrive in the lush, temperate rainforest and may be seen within the remote park areas.
The South Falls Day Use Area has spacious lawns, BBQ stands, picnic shelters or tables, playground, horse shoe pits, doggie off leash area, and charming creek Silver Falls is famous for. Ever since the opening day in 1933; visitors have been using these grounds for potlucks, family reunions and weddings, all within a short walk to view the famous 177-foot South Falls.
How do you camp? Whether it is in a RV, tent, rustic cabin, with a group, with your horse, at the youth camp or in a deluxe cabin, Silver Falls has it all. Specific details about group facilities can be found under FAQ. Campground maps, availability and detailed information are just a phone call away.
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