Oregon’s Best State Park?


In mid-April we drove to Silver Falls State Park. It was a classic spring day with sleet, rain and a little sunshine at times.

As I’ve opined before, the Park is truly a gem and a geological wonder too. In any other state in the continental U.S., the 14 square-miles would surely have been designated a National Park long ago. But, it has to compete with the world-class waterfalls residing in the Columbia River Gorge.

The best way to see the Park is to hike an eight-mile loop trail that passes 10 waterfalls, five of them dropping over 100 feet.  And, for added enjoyment the trail leads behind three of the large waterfalls.

A truly wonderful park to visit, and close to Portland too.

177-foot South Falls

177-foot South Falls

Fairy Lanterns (Wild Lilies)

Fairy Lanterns (Wild Lilies)

Double Falls

Double Falls

Section of trail

Section of trail

Bottom of South Falls

Bottom of South Falls

Tributary stream

Tributary stream

Large root along trail

Large root along trail

Trout Lily

Trout Lily

Entrance to Park

Entrance to Park

Footbridge over Sliver Creek

Footbridge over Sliver Creek

178-foot Double Falls

178-foot Double Falls

Trillium

Trillium

136-foot North Falls

136-foot North Falls

 

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2 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures.

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