Silver Falls State Park

AreaWillamette Valley
Best time to visitMid-April through May
Blooming NowYES
Elevation1000-1500 feet
Trail InfoVaries dependent upon trail
 Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
DogsPROHIBITED. Please respect this location by leaving your dog at home.

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.


Located 25 miles east of Salem, Silver Falls State Park is Oregon's largest state park. Although it is best known for its "Trail of Ten Falls" (and rightfully so!), it is also a great place to see spring wildflowers. It is suitable for both serious hikers (who will probably want to do the entire 7 mile loop) and families with young children (who can take any number of shorter trails, including several which pass behind waterfalls such as the lower loop).

For more information including up-to-date trail conditions, visit the SFSP blog. Also, please note that during the spring, the park hosts regular Plant ID guided hikes, generally on Thursday afternoons at 2 pm.


From Interstate 5, take Exit 253 in Salem for Highway 22 heading east toward Detroit. Drive 5 miles east to the exit for Highway 214, which is clearly signed for Silver Falls Park. Stay on Highway 214 for 16 miles to the park entrance sign at South Falls, which will be on the left side of the road. (Alternatively you can take Highway 214 south 15.5 miles from Silverton.)

Once you are in the South Falls parking area, follow the signs to Picnic Area C, and park at the far end of the parking lot.

The park includes facilities, numerous picnic areas, and a gift shop. There is a day-use fee ($5) to use this park.

Trip Reports

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06/13/2023Greg Lief
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04/17/2023Greg Lief
03/21/2022Greg Lief
04/20/2019Greg Lief
05/12/2016Greg Lief
04/07/2016Matt Palmquist
02/18/2016Greg Lief
05/22/2015Matthew Palmquist
04/21/2015Matthew Palmquist
03/26/2015Greg Lief
05/13/2012Greg Lief
05/15/2011Cheryl Hill
05/01/2011Rory Nichols
04/25/2010Greg Lief
05/15/2009Jim Conrad
05/15/2009Jim Conrad
04/24/2009Jennifer Godfrey
04/24/2009Jennifer Godfrey
05/01/2008Rory Nichols
04/17/2008Rory Nichols
06/09/2007Al Ahlgrim
05/16/2007Greg Lief
04/08/2007Rory Nichols

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South Falls, Silver Falls State Park

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