Even while you’re visiting, Silver Falls State Park can feel more like a myth than reality. After all, how do you explain 10 thundering waterfalls tumbling into a lush canyon? Or the surreal feeling of watching, from behind a waterfall, curtains of water drape over a basalt cliff that was once a dramatic lava flow? And how do you make sense of the white noise of a waterfall measuring seven stories or taller — of which there are five dotting the park?

The natural wonder at Silver Falls State Park must be seen to be believed.

Here is your guide to everything you need to know about the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, from its dramatic history to the park’s many attractions to staying the night in a forest of cedar and Douglas fir. Whether you make a beeline for the park’s famous Trail of Ten Falls or want to get off the beaten path with a trip into its sweeping backcountry, we’ve got everything you need to know for enjoying a memorable trip to Silver Falls State Park.

Things to Do at Silver Falls State Park

Sure hiking is a popular way to experience Silver Falls State Park. But did you know there’s a lot more fun to be had? From family-friendly to daredevil adventures, you’re sure to find exciting things to do here.

History of Silver Falls State Park

Discover more about Silver Falls State Park, including the earliest inhabitants, more about the famous waterfalls, and more.

Stay at Silver Falls

Discover camping sites and other accommodations at or near Silver Falls State Park.

Silver Falls State Park How-Tos

We’re here to help you navigate your way around Silver Falls State Park. Explore our hiking guide and frequently asked questions to learn more.

A portion of Alsea Falls where the water runs over rocks.
Alsea Falls

Your Guide to Willamette Valley Waterfalls

The namesake waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park are certainly some of the most well-known cascades around the Willamette Valley—but they’re far from the only ones. So we’ve put together a guide to the more than 30 waterfalls across the Willamette Valley.