Sweet Creek Falls is One Of Oregon’s Most Stunning Coast Hikes

by | Aug 21, 2017 | Adventures, Featured, Oregon Coast, Road Trips, Travel, Waterfalls | 0 comments

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Nestled amidst the stunning Oregon Coast lies a hidden gem that has left me in awe every time I've visited. Just an hour's drive west of Eugene, 10 miles south of Mapleton, and a short distance east of Florence, the Sweet Creek Falls trail in the Siuslaw National Forest offers a hiking experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. If you haven't yet ventured to this picturesque spot, it's time to add it to your list of Best Oregon Coast Hikes, for it promises to be an adventure you'll treasure for a lifetime.

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Its stunning cascading creek was settled in 1879 by the Zarah T. Sweets, a family of Oregon trail pioneers. Portions of an early wagon road have been incorporated in a dramatic trail past a dozen falls. Four trailheads along the route make it easy to hike the path in segments.

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Exploring Sweet Creek Falls Trailhead

While Sweet Creek Falls is gorgeous all year round, autumn is especially an incredible time to hike here. Parts of the trail and upper falls are on a cliff-hugging boardwalk, and makes for a fairly easy hike for all ages.

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Sweet Creek Falls

With the Sweet Creek Trail only being a couple of miles long, around every corner you will find another gorgeous waterfall among the mossy rocks. At the start of the subsequent trailhead is Homestead, and the trail continues about a mile to Sweet Creek Falls and another trailhead.

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If you decide to continue hiking from there, you will have to cross Sweet Creek. Keep in mind there is no bridge here. If you'd like, you can pick up the trail again about 0.8 miles later at the Beaver Creek trailhead, and continue about half a mile to Beaver Creek Falls, which you will find at the other end of Sweet Creek.

Sweet Creek Falls

This hike is definitely on the easier side, as it's only around 2.2 miles round trip and gains just 350 feet of elevation. Recreation Fee Pass (Northwest Forest Pass) parking permits are required at the trailhead. They cost $5 per car per day or $30 per season. With about a dozen small waterfalls, this trail is absolutely a must-do for anyone looking for a gorgeous place to explore in Oregon.

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Getting to Sweet Creek Falls

Drive Highway 126 to the Siuslaw River Bridge in Mapleton (15 miles east of Florence or 46 miles west of Eugene). Cross the bridge from town and immediately turn west on Sweet Creek Road for 10.2 paved miles. Then take a paved turnoff to the right to the Homestead Trailhead turnaround.


Q: How long is the hike for Sweet Creek Falls, Oregon?

A: The hike to Sweet Creek Falls is approximately 2.2 miles round trip. The trail is rated as moderate, with some steep sections and multiple stream crossings.

Q: Where is Sweet Creek Falls located?

A: Sweet Creek Falls is located in the Siuslaw National Forest on the Oregon Coast. The trailhead is located off Sweet Creek Road, approximately 10 miles south of Mapleton, Oregon.

Q. Are dogs allowed at Sweet Creek Falls?

A. Yes, as long as your dog is leashed, furry friends are welcome!

Q. Are there restrooms?

The Homestead Trail features a vault toilet restroom as its only amenity. Therefore, visitors are advised to bring their own snacks and water and to practice "leave no trace" principles.

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Written By Tyler James

Tyler James, founder of That Oregon Life, is a true Oregon native whose love for his state runs deep. Since the inception of the blog in 2013, his unbridled passion for outdoor adventures and the natural beauty of Oregon has been the cornerstone of his work. As a father to two beautiful children, Tyler is always in pursuit of new experiences to enrich his family’s life. He curates content that not only reflects his adventures but also encourages others to set out and create precious memories in the majestic landscapes of Oregon. Tyler's vision and guidance are integral to his role as publisher and editor, shaping the blog into a source of inspiration for exploring the wonders of Oregon.

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