South Falls, Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls

Silver Falls State Park, near Silverton, is the largest state park in Oregon at 9,000 acres. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the South Falls Lodge in the 1930s. In 1983, the lodge gained a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Winter is definitely a great time to visit this park. Our drive through the park included walks through the second-growth stands of Douglas fir and western hemlock to see about half of the waterfalls along the trail of ten falls. Silver Falls drops 177 feet with breathtaking beauty. It was possible to walk behind the falls and literally soak up the experience. The Lower South Falls was a wide curtain of rushing water falling 93 feet. Frenchie, a small falls just off the trail, was difficult to photograph because of limited light. Winter Falls, as its name implies, relies on winter runoff and was especially forceful in its 134 foot drop. The picturesque 134 foot North Falls can be viewed from a parking area. Oregon has great waterfalls!