Silver Falls park is the largest
state park in Oregon and is located 26 miles east of Salem.
The 8,700 acre park offers hiking, biking and horse trails, group
picnic shelters, and other facilities for individuals and
groups. There is the Trail of Ten Falls, which is a
7 mile hiking trail that provides beautiful scenery and exciting
views found in one area.
Other features of the park include a 4 mile paved bike path, and 22
miles of multi-use trails used by equestrians, hikers and mountain
bikers. Horse rentals are available from May to September.
It is a park where one can spend a few hours, a few days or even weeks
enjoying. Near the South Falls are picnic areas, spacious
lawns, parking areas and rest rooms. There are
displays which gives on information on the parks history, wildlife,
plant life and geology which are located in the historic South Falls
A developed beach area along Silver Creek allows visitors to swim or
just relax in the sun. The various trails throughout
the park take you from one area to another. One
can enjoy a quiet walk and take in nature. All that
walking can give one a hunger. There are several
places where food and snacks can be obtained.
South Falls is shown in the picture to the right. The path
down to the falls takes you around and behind the falls.
You can barely make out people on the path behind the
falls. The falls drops 177 feet to the canyon
Further information on the park can be obtained at the Oregon State Parks
On this and additional pages are photos I shot on two different trips
to Silver Falls Park with my friend Bill. I hope you
will enjoy the photos and keep Silver Falls Park in mind when visiting
The picture to the left was taken from beneath the South
Falls. It is quite a spectacular sight to
see. There are lots of photo opportunities for
you. One is reminded to stay on the trails, and to
take pictures and memories only. It is unlawful to pick or dig
any plant. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and
shoes. The trails are well maintained but can vary in
their degree of rise or fall as you go along there.
Take your time and enjoy the scenery.
A map you can download is available at the Oregon State Parks
web site. It shows the various trails and roads and other
important points in the park.
That's a picture of me on the trail by South Falls in the picture below
the right. I thoroughly enjoyed my two trips to Silver
Falls State Park and hope to make others in the future. There
is simply too
much to see and do. A few hours, even one day
is not enough.
On the following pages you'll find additional pictures that I
shot while at Silver Falls Park. Speaking of
pictures, be sure you bring your camera with
you. Darkness comes early at the park because of its
tall trees and deep canyons. But the different angles
of the sun during the day make each view unique.