East of Lincoln City, OR, is Drift Creek Falls. This short hike will only take an afternoon. Just before crossing the gorge that Drift Creek Falls empties into you will walk across a 240 foot suspension bridge. This is longest suspension bridge in Oregon or Washington State.
Looking down 100 feet below you can see the pool created by the waterfall. After crossing the bridge it is just a short hike down to the creek. You can walk right up to the pool under the waterfall, take a dip if you dare (burrr). Here you will find a host of small animals and a large variety of ferns. Drift Creek Falls is 75 feet high.
- Take Highway 18 west from Salem.
- About 4 miles before Lincoln City you will see a brown park sign for Drift Creek Falls. Turn Left onto the side road.
- Drive 9 miles to the paved parking lot and well marked trailhead.