Nestled in the hills east of Salem, Oregon, Silver Creek Falls State Park is a favorite of both locals and out-of-towners alike. An easy half hour drive from Salem, you would be hard pressed to find a better park in which to observe so many beautiful waterfalls.
Silver Creek has two branches, the north and the south. South Falls and Lower South Falls are both formed by the southern branch of Silver Creek. The northern branch contains the large remainder of the waterfalls found in this park.
The best times of the year to view waterfalls is shortly after the spring snowmelt has begun. This will allow you to catch a view while the waterflow is at it’s maximum. April has been proven a good viewing month.
Take a hike with us as we visit the many beautiful waterfalls that Silver Creek’s two branches have developed.
- South Falls
- Lower South Falls
- Lower North Falls
- Double Falls
- Drake Falls
- Middle North Falls
- Winter Falls
- Twin Falls
- North Falls
- Upper North Falls
Hikes vary in distance from 0.5 to 7.5 miles round trip.
|Hike from park HQ to South Falls and return. Most of the trail is paved but portions are steep and wet so use caution.|
|The Mini Tour – Visit South Falls and Lower South Falls|
|The Maxi Tour – Visit 6 of the 10 major waterfalls.
South Falls, Lower South Falls, Lower North Falls, Double Falls, Drake Falls and Middle North Falls
|The Grand Tour – Visit all 10 Silver Creek waterfalls.|
Oregon State Park day use fee $3.00. The automated permit system accepts $5, $1 and $0.25.