26 Majestic Oregon Waterfall Hikes You Must Hike Before You Die

These lesser known waterfalls in Oregon are gorgeous!

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Fairy Falls. Photo by Michael Moore via Flickr

Last updated on January 13th, 2022 at 07:29 pm

While Multnomah Falls may be the most popular and known waterfall in Oregon, there are so many more breathtaking Oregon waterfall hikes that are quite incredible. Here is our list of some of the most incredible trails you might not have known about but are definitely worth visiting. To help guide you, we have categorized each waterfall listed in different areas of Oregon.

Oregon has so many waterfalls to explore it could take you years to see them all.  It would be nice if the state kept them open to visitors and if visitors kept them natural so they’re still around for when you decide to visit.  In order for this to happen, all visitors to our state’s gorgeous waterfalls need to play their part by following the 7 principles of Leave No Trace.

The Best Oregon Waterfall Hikes


Oregonians struck it rich when it comes to waterfalls in Oregon.  No matter what part of the state you live in or are visiting, you’re bound to have waterfalls nearby that you can visit.  Waterfalls are one of those things that just draw people out into nature and away from the stress of work and city life.

How Many Waterfalls Are There in Oregon

At the time of writing this, there are more than 238 waterfalls across the state of Oregon. According to the Northwest Waterfalls Survey, there are more than 1000 Oregon waterfalls. You essentially can’t drive more than a half-hour without passing another one. With 50 waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge alone, we not only covered some of the best in the Gorge but we have categorized some of the best Oregon waterfalls by region.

Oregon Waterfall Hikes In The Valley

There are more than enough Oregon waterfalls to choose from in the Valley. When Oregonians refer to the valley, we are referring to the cultural and political heart of our state, which is home to approximately 70 percent of its population. The Willamette Valey includes the six largest cities in the state: Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Hillsboro and Beaverton. Below we have also included hikes which are closest to the Portland area.

 

1. Trail Of Ten Falls At Silver Falls State Park

It’s impossible to pick just one fall from Silver Falls State Park as the best one.  They’re all gorgeous and worth taking the day to explore.  While they’re pretty at any time of year, they’re especially gorgeous towards the end of summer and start of fall when the leaves begin to change to vivid oranges and yellows.

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You can walk behind several of the waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park. This Photo by Sathish J via Flickr (CC2) looks like nature’s eye.

Silver Falls State Park can get crowded, as this is one of the more popular places to hike and camp in the state, so try going on a weekday and avoiding holidays to avoid the crowds.

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Fog at South Falls at Silver Falls State Park. Photo by Shinglesware via Flickr

The 7.2 mile loop trail will take you to ten stunning waterfalls, several of which you can walk behind.  Get more information about Silver Falls State Park and the Trail Of Ten Falls here.

2. Trestle Creek Falls

Just 25 miles Southeast of Cottage Grove is a little gem tucked away in an old-growth forest just waiting for you to find. This pretty trail meanders through an old growth forest and down into a mossy rock grotto to a 60-foot fan waterfall.

Surrounded by luscious forest with stunning views of bleeding heart, Douglas far, cedar, and maidenhair fern, the Trestle Creek Trail makes for a wonderful place to relax and soak in some nature. The narrow trail meanders through Trestle Creek canyon and culminates at the base of a 60-foot waterfall, tucked in a lush, moss-covered rock grotto.

Trestle Creek Trail is also frequently tacked on to Brice Creek Trail. At the end of the trail, another short .25 mile trail will lead you to Trestle Creek Falls while a longer 2.6-mile loop will take you to upper Trestle Creek Falls.

3. Abiqua Falls

Abiqua Falls is part of the same geological formation as the waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park, and in fact is not far from there as the crow flies (although significantly longer in distance when going by road). It is completely unsigned, and the trail is a bit rough, but the trek in is definitely worth it. The hike down to the falls is a bit steep, and not recommended for anyone who isn’t prepared for a somewhat vigorous hike. We’d also recommend having 4 wheel drive when visiting. Abiqua is easily one of the most beautiful and unique waterfall hikes in Oregon I have ever visited.

How do you get here?

From the parking area at the gate, walk back along the road in the direction you came from. Skip the first rough trail that leaves right from the end of the parking area. Look down the hill on your right after about 100 feet and you’ll see a second trail dropping down through the trees. The first few steps are on a steep slope skirting a roadside maple. Take this a short distance to where it curves left (the right branch immediately takes you to an open area at an old road). Continue dropping steeply down the hill for 0.2 miles until you reach the creek.

Turn left upstream along the creek, following a rough trail for another 0.2 mile or so. You will have to climb over and around rocks and logs, but it can be done. During periods of high water, you’ll need to climb a steep slope to get around some logs, but during low water, it’s easier to walk on the exposed river rock for much of the distance. The trail ends at the huge basalt bowl where Abiqua Falls plunges into a very big splash pool. There is a large rocky area jutting out into the pool from which you can admire the falls, or walk over the mossy rocks to the left around the edge of the bowl.

Return the way you came.


READ MORE: Abiqua Falls in Oregon is Out of This World


 

4. Marion Falls

 

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To get to Marion Falls you’ll take a 5 mile out and back trail near Idanha Oregon.  The trail is for those of moderate hiking skill and the best time to go is between April and September.

5. Upper Downing Creek Falls

Difficulty: Easy

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Photo by Jeff Bryant (www.exquisiteoregon.com)

This amazing waterfall near Detriot is just 0.6 miles round trip, and mostly flat. While it’s said to be mostly safe for children, you should be cautious of slippery rocks when hiking around the waterfall. This hike is an absolute must, especially if you are looking to get some amazing photos. If you’re looking for a long hike, this definitely isn’t the one.

How do you get here?

  1. From Salem: Head east on HWY 22
  2. 0.4 miles from milepost 69 turn left onto an unmarked dirt road ****
  3. 0.3 miles down this road park at a wide spot on the right near the sign for Road 2200/162
  4. Hike down 2200/162 for 0.3 miles until you reach an area where two logs sit parallel to each other on the right
    (you will see a faint trail between the two 4 inch diameter logs) (the road degrades as you get nearer the goal)
  5. Head towards the sound of the creek on the trail
  6. Follow the trail upstream to find Upr Downing Crk Falls – flow is apparently year-round

**** This road is very difficult to see on the left due to foliage at the entrance.
It is nearly impossible to notice coming from the other direction.
There is no protected left turn on this busy highway, so exercise caution.
As reference, this hard-to-spot road is 0.2 miles south of the junction with Straight Creek Road #11.
If you see a sign with “Downing Creek” on it, you’ve passed it by.

 

 

6. Upper Butte Creek Falls

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Upper Butte Falls. Photo by Stokes RX via Flickr

Take the easy Butte Creek Falls loop hike near Scotts Mills Oregon to this beautiful 20-foot waterfall. There’s a large cave behind this fall that is accessible at certain times of the year.  Visitors will also enjoy lower Butte Creek Falls while here.

This waterfall has a similar geologic form as the waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park, as there is a large, deep cave behind the falls. Most of the time you can walk behind the waterfall and admire the unique perspective.

Upper Butte Creek Falls is along the easy Butte Creek Falls Loop Hike and there is a taller waterfall downstream, Butte Creek Falls.

Hit the link here to read a more detailed article about Butte Creek Falls.

Getting there: 

From the town of Scotts Mills, follow Crooked Finger Road for 11 1/2 miles (2 miles past the end of the pavement) and turn left onto Road 400, signed for Butte Creek Falls and drive another 2 miles to the trailhead. The trail leads to the base of the falls in 1/4 mile (stay right at the first fork then left at the second).

We discovered on our hike to Butte Creek Falls, the original route to get here is now blocked off by Weyerhaeuser. You can still take Crooked Finger Road, although you are looking at an additional hike just over 2 miles down a gravel road that is now blocked off to vehicles. 

The new route begins in Scotts Mills, and though it includes more twists and turns, this route is said to take about the same amount of time. 

New route to Butte Creek Falls (courtesy of ODF):

  • Drive to Scotts Mills, Oregon
  • In downtown Scotts Mills, near the post office, turn left (east) onto Maple Grove Road
  • From Maple Grove Road, turn south onto Sawtell Road until you reach the end of the pavement which will then turn briefly to Family Camp Road and then to the Butte Creek Mainline
  • From the Butte Creek Mainline, turn right onto the Butte Creek 500 and then right onto the Crooked Finger 400 Road which will lead you down to the Butte Creek Campground and Butte Creek Falls.

Coordinates: N44 55.257, W122 30.671

7. Majestic Falls

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Majestic Falls is the largest of several waterfalls along McDowell Creek within McDowell Creek Falls Park. I absolutely love the staircase alongside the nice observation deck here. The falls drop 39 feet into a pool at the head of a small bowl-shaped canyon. While Majestic Falls may not be very large, it is definitely the most beautiful along McDowell Creek.

This relaxing trail is especially gorgeous during the late autumn months when the considerably ubiquitous Big Leaf Maple trees throughout the canyon are glowing with fall colors. McDowell Creek calms down in the summer but flows much more heavily during the winter and spring. As far as Oregon waterfalls go, this place has a special place in my heart as it was close to my home living in Eugene, and I would make frequent trips here to clear my mind as it makes for a peaceful, relaxing hike.

How do you get here?

McDowell Creek Park is east of Lebanon

Four waterfalls are linked to a common trail split by a paved road.
Total hiking distance < 1 mile.

  • Lower McDowell Creek Falls
  • Royal Terrace Falls
  • Crystal Pool Falls
  • Majestic Falls

Directions:

  1. From I-5 exit onto Hwy 20 and head east towards Lebanon
    (pronounced le-buh-nun)
  2. Four miles east of Lebanon turn left onto Fairview road and
    bear right at the T-junction (road to McDowell Creek Park)
  3. Appr. 0.9 miles bear left to stay on McDowell Creek road
  4. Another 7.6 miles turn right into the parking area for McDowell Creek Park

Path starts at end of parking area. Lower McDowell Creek Falls
is visible as you cross the bridge (face on views are available near
the picnic tables). Crossing the bridge, the path leads to Royal Terrace Falls
in less than half a mile. Following the path away from this
waterfall will eventually lead to a paved road in appr. 0.3 mile. Cross this
road and link up with the remainder of the path. It will lead to Crystal Pool
Falls and farther up will be Majestic Falls.

Some paths have staircases – tread carefully.

Vault toilet available at the parking area.

Note: each waterfall has an individual parking area.
For Majestic Falls it may be easier to drive up to the third
parking space. Caution: a short section of the road may
need to be driven in low gear.

READ MORE: McDowell Creek Falls Loop

 

Southern Oregon Waterfall Hikes

Southern Oregon is not only known for historic gold rush towns, there are plenty of waterfalls to explore here as well. One of our most popular articles was this Southern Oregon Waterfall Road Trip that covers even more beautiful waterfalls to explore.

8. Lemolo Falls

You can access Lemolo Falls via a 3.2 mile out and back trail that’s good for all skill levels.  The best time to visit Lemolo Falls is from June until September.

 

8. National Creek Falls

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National Creek Falls. Copyright James Parsons of Extreme Oregon.

This Southern Oregon waterfall is on a moderately difficult .7 mile out and back trail near Prospect Oregon.  Children are able to navigate this trail, though some areas can be steep.  It’s advisable that you do not try to cross the creek on the logs as they are mossy and wet, and therefore dangerous to try to walk on.  The best time to visit is May to October.

National Creek Falls is about 30 minutes from Crater Lake National Park and is one of many nearby waterfalls.  This .7 mile trail is moderately difficult, though children should be able to navigate it with help.  Some areas can be steep, and as with all hiking trails, you should wear sturdy hiking boots or sneakers with good grip and support.

Visitors should not try to cross the logs going across the creek as they are mossy, slippery and wet.


RELATED: This Southern Oregon Waterfall Road Trip is the Perfect Getaway


Oregon Waterfall Hikes Near Portland

Not far from Portland, around 30 miles east to be specific, you will find the Columbia River Gorge. Spanning for 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, this impressive river canyon meanders past cliffs, spires, and ridges that set against nearby peaks of the PNW’s Cascade Mountain Range. There is no shortage of beauty in the Gorge, a place where you will find endless Oregon waterfall hikes to choose from.

9. Upper McCord Creek Falls

Difficulty: Easy

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Upper McCord Falls via Ian Sane

Upper McCord Creek Falls is a beautiful 2.2 mile out and back trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Due to a landslide, the trail to the bottom of Elowah Falls is closed, however the upper trail to McCord Creek falls is open.

Getting there:

John B Yeon Trailhead: Traveling east on I-84, take Exit #35/Ainsworth. Turn left at the stop sign, then immediately turn right onto the Frontage Rd. Drive east on Frontage Rd for 2.1 miles and turn right into the trailhead parking lot. The lot will be just before the road re-enters the highway.

Traveling west on I-84, take Exit #37/Warrendale. Head west on Warrendale Road for about 1/4 mile to a stop sign. Turn left, go under the freeway and turn left again onto Frontage Rd. Drive 1/4 mile east to the trailhead parking lot just before the road re-enters the highway.

 

10. Latourell Falls

Difficulty: Easy | Length 3 miles

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Latourell Falls via Jeff Gunn

Latourell Falls is a waterfall along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, within Guy W. Talbot State Park. Make sure and bring some great boots as this hike is known to get very muddy.

The Historic Columbia River Highway passes nearby, and at certain locations, the Lower falls are visible from the road. Near the base of the falls, a parking lot and path were erected to assist visitors to the site. Visitors must hike along the 2.1-mile loop trail to see the upper falls.

Latourell is unique among the best-known Columbia Gorge waterfalls, in the way that it drops straight down from an overhanging basalt cliff. Most of those falls (even the famous Multnomah Falls) tumble to some degree.

Latourell Falls is an excellent example of columnar basalt formations.

Getting there: 

Latourell Falls Trailhead: Traveling east on I-84, take Exit #28/Bridal Veil. Turn right on the Historic Columbia River Highway and travel west for approximately 3 miles to the parking lot on your right/south.

Traveling west on I-84, take Exit #35/Ainsworth. Drive 11 miles west on the Historic Columbia River Highway to the parking lot on the left/south side of the road.

Guy Talbot State Park/Trailhead: Traveling east on the Historic Columbia River Highway, just before the Latourell Falls trailhead, turn left/north onto Latourell Rd. Guy Talbot State Park will be on your right.

Traveling west on the Historic Columbia River Highway, after passing by the trailhead on your left/south, turn right/north onto Latourell Rd. Guy Talbot State Park will be on your right.

 

11. Ponytail Falls & Horsetail Falls

Difficulty: Easy | Length 0.9 Miles

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Ponytail Falls via Charles Knowles

Ponytail is said to be the easiest waterfall hike in the Columbia River Gorge. You get a stunning waterfall at the trailhead and a second one less than half a mile up the trail.

The trail begins in one of the most scenic trailheads anywhere, at Horsetail Falls. Plan on a bit of time before or after your hike to view and photograph the falls. Horsetail Falls Trail #438 begins climbing some easily graded switchbacks with beautiful rock walls. You’ll pass your first trail junction here, as Gorge Trail #400 heads east. After 5 switchbacks the trail levels out, and heads west for a bit high above the Gorge below. After 4/10 of a mile, the trail suddenly turns into the small valley containing Ponytail Falls. In literally a few steps, you leave the modern freeway noise and enter a different world. The trail passes behind Ponytail Falls in a cavernous area eroded beneath a lava flow. Bigleaf maples and vine maples make this a beautiful hike in the autumn, specifically late October through early November.

Getting there: 

Located in the Multnomah Falls area of the Columbia Gorge. Drive to Horsetail Falls, 2 1/2 miles east of Multnomah Falls, or 2 miles west of I-84 at Dodson. Park, and follow the Horsetail Falls Trail # 438 steeply up for about 4/10 mile, bearing right at the junction halfway up the hill. The trail crosses behind the falls, offering several photo opportunities from multiple angles on either side of the falls.

READ MORE: Ponytail Falls in The Gorge: An Unofficial Guide

 

12. Metlako Falls

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Photo by Clifford Paguio (Clifford Paguio Photography)

The incredible Metlako Falls is the first major falls along the Eagle Creek Trail, welcoming visitors into the area. Unfortunately, this trail is now closed, and the forest service has no timeline for rebuilding this short spur trail. For your safety, please do not approach the cliff edge or try and recreate the trial.

13. Punch Bowl Falls

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Punch Bowl Falls is a stunning waterfall on Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Sometime over the last few months, a huge basalt wall had collapsed. With a huge debris pile of boulders as large as a truck, Eagle Creek has been rerouted and changed this path for centuries to come.

Eagle Creek drains into the Columbia River, with its outlet on the Columbia River Gorge in Multnomah County. You will discover many Oregon waterfall hikes here, as you pass through beautiful old-growth forests, and along the edges of cliffs. You will definitely want to keep your pets and kids close as this trail is known for some mild falling hazard in some spots. Some of the ledges have been blasted with great views of the canyon below.

The falls are said to be 35 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Eagle Creek cuts through a narrow channel and shoots powerfully into a large bowl, hence Punchbowl Falls.

How do you get here?

From Portland, take Interstate 84 to Eagle Creek Rd exit 41, turn right, and keep right along the creek for 1/2 mile to the roads end. Because the Eagle Creek exit is only accessible from the west, travelers from Hood River have to take the Bonneville Dam exit 40 and double back on the freeway for a mile.

14. Multnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, just off the Historic Columbia River Highway. Multnomah Falls is definitely the most famous and well known in Oregon, and also the tallest as it drops in two major steps, split into an upper fall of 542 feet and a lower falls of 69 feet, with a gradual 9-foot drop in elevation between the two. Multnomah’s total height is at an impressive 620 feet.

Multnomah Falls is listed as the 137th tallest waterfall in the United States by the World Waterfall Database. Also worth noting, is the database does not distinguish between seasonal and year-round waterfalls.


READ MORE: An Unofficial Guide to Multnomah Falls


 

15. Umbrella Falls

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Umbrella Falls. Photo by Al Case via Flickr

Umbrella Falls is located on a moderate 3.9 mile loop trail located near Parkdale, Oregon.  The best time to hike this trail is between June and September.  Instead of a sheer drop, this fall features a cascade down steep rocks.  Be aware there is a $5 parking fee.

16. Beaver Falls

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Beaver Falls. Photo by Michael Matti via Flickr

This stunning fall is reached via a moderate .6 mile out and back trail near Clatskanie Oregon.  The best time to visit is between April and November.

 

17. Wachlella Falls

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Wachlella Falls. Photo by Michael Matti via Flickr

Wahclella Falls is a stunning little fall in the Columbia River Gorge that is accessed via an easy 2.4 mile out and back hike through a slot canyon.  A $5 fee is required.

The trail begins at a gated road by Tanner Creek, passes a small intake dam, and goes through a narrow canyon.  Visitors will be amazed at the house-size boulders the trail passes, and the gorgeous falls at the end of the trail.  Learn more about the trail and check the current trail status here.

 

18. Fairy Falls

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Fairy Falls. Photo by Michael Moore via Flickr

Fairy Falls can be crowded, but this waterfall is so stunning it’s worth the trip.  Try to go on a weekday when there will be fewer people. Hikers will start at the Wahkeena Trailhead and go past Wahkeena Falls until they reach Fairy Falls. Fairy Falls and the upper reaches of Wahkeena Creek is one of the most frequently photographed locations in Oregon. Between the top of Wahkeena Falls and this entry, Wahkeena Creek cascades through a deep gorge, laced with mosses and ferns stretching 200 feet upwards.

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Fairy Falls Hike. Photo by Artem Popov via Flickr

Fairy Falls occurs along a small spring fed branch of Wahkeena Creek as it veils over a 20 foot wall in a supremely attractive fashion. At the confluence of said tributary and the main stem of Wahkeena Creek, the creek cascades through a verdant mossy rock slide, which many may argue is even more scenic than the falls themselves. Do not, under any circumstance, forget your camera on this hike.

Getting there: 

Fairy Falls are accessed from the Wahkeena Creek trail, starting at Wahkeena Falls. The falls are found 1.2 miles and 500 vertical feet up from the bottom. Those thinking of visiting the falls along Multnomah Creek as well can make a 5 mile loop hike by continuing to Wahkeena Spring and heading left towards the Larch Mountain Trail, then down to Multnomah Falls.

Central & Eastern Oregon Waterfall Hikes

19. Sahalie Falls

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Sahalie Falls is the first and tallest of three major waterfalls along the McKenzie River. I have personally been here more times than I can count, and stop in any chance I can get.  Sahalie is by far the most famous of the large waterfalls along the McKenzie, and was even featured in the Disney movie “Homeward Bound”. There has been some conflict and trouble over the years establishing a firm height for the drop. Many have suggested the falls drop around 140 feet. In 2010 kayakers who plunged over the falls measured the drop at 68 feet, while another measurement of the falls in 2010 came out to 73 feet. It is however certain the falls are nowhere near 140 feet tall.

How do you get here?

Located south of Santiam Pass along Highway 126. From the junction of Highways 20 and 126 (approximately 70 miles east of I-5 in Albany via Highway 20, or 85 miles east of I-5 in Salem via Highway 22), follow Highway 126 south for about 4 ½ miles to the signed parking area for Sahalie Falls. The falls are seen in less than 100 feet from the parking lot.

 

20. Chush Falls Near Sisters Oregon

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Chush Falls near Bend Oregon. Photo by That Oregon Life Photography.

This 5-mile round trip trail is best taken from June to October.  To avoid people try going early in the morning before 9 am.  The trail will lead you through an eerie burnt forest and ends at a grand waterfall.  It’s easy to see why Chush Falls is a local favorite, and is a perfect day trip if you’re spending time in Bend or Sisters.

An eerie burnt forest along the trail to Chush Falls.
Photo by That Oregon Life Photography.

 


READ MORE: This Easy Hike to Beautiful Chush Falls is the Perfect Bend Day Trip


 

 

21. White River Falls

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Photo by Mike Edwards (Mike Edwards Photography)

 

White River Falls is a little hidden gem that a lot of folks don’t know about, and is the first step of the major falls of the White River. The falls consist of two drops, upper and lower, and the primary waterfall plunges about 90 feet over a basalt shelf. A quarter-mile steep trail will take you down deep within the canyon to the historic hydroelectric power plant. From the building, there is This power plant has a very interesting history and supplied electricity to Wasco and Sherman Counties from 1910 until the completion of The Dalles Dam in 1960.

How do you get here? 

White River Falls is accessed within White River Falls State Park, located east of Tygh Valley between Maupin and The Dalles. Take Highway 197 south from The Dalles then turn east on Highway 216 (signed for White River Falls and Sherars Bridge). The park is found 4 miles from Highway 197. The trail leads downstream from the parking area to the bottom of the falls.

READ MORE: This Stunning Oregon State Park is Barely Known, And Opens in Spring

 

Oregon Waterfall Hikes on the Coast

The Oregon Coast range is one of the most beautiful areas you can visit in the state and does not lack waterfalls to hike.

22. Sweet Creek Falls

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Sweet Creek Falls is situated in the Coast Range Mountains in the Siuslaw National Forest, South of Mapleton. Complete with dirt paths and catwalks, you’ll be amazed by several cascading waterfalls and creek frontage. The lush ground, covered by moss and ferns, with beautiful trees providing shade, is especially beautiful during autumn.

With only 350 ft elevation gain, this hike is fairly easy and perfect for bringing your littles. At the end of the trail, you will find the largest waterfall being Sweet Creek Fall. At this time there are no fees to park here.

How do you get here?

Getting there from Eugene: Take Highway 126 toward Florence, Oregon. Sweet Creek Road #5036 is located on the East side of the Mapleton bridge. Turn left onto Sweet Creek Road and travel for 10.2miles, Homestead Trailhead is on the right.

Trail Options: The Homestead Trailhead to Sweet Creek Falls is 1.1 miles. The Sweet Creek Falls Trailhead to Sweet Creek Falls is 0.4 mile. Sweet Creek Falls to the Wagon Road Trailhead is 0.8 mile. Wagon Road Trailhead to Beaver Creek Falls is 0.6 mile.

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

23. Drift Creek Falls

The stunning suspension bridge at Drift Creek Falls (Photo by Brandi Volk)

One of my personal favorite waterfalls on the Oregon Coast includes an incredible swinging bridge you will be sure to love, assuming heights don’t rattle you. This suspension bridge is around 100 feet in the air and offers a stunning view of the waterfall below. Nestled in a forest up a long, narrow windy road you will find the majestic Drift Creek Falls. This moderate hike can get pretty busy during the warmer months. I personally love to hike in the rain and found that in the off-season the trail is less frequented.


READ MORE: Check out this awesome swinging bridge at Drift Creek Falls


 

24. Young’s River Falls

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Young’s River Falls via Mike Edwards

Young’s River Falls is a scenic 65-ft waterfall on the Young’s River in northwestern Oregon. The falls are located in central Clatsop County, about 10 miles south of Astoria. Youngs River Falls have been featured in several movies, including Free Willy 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.


RELATED: Fun Things to Do in Astoria, Oregon


Getting there: 

  1. Near Astoria turn right onto HWY 101 Business Loop.
  2. After 1.3 miles bear right to remain on the business loop.
  3. After another 1.6 miles the business loop curves right. Turn on your
    left turn signal to head straight (watch for opposing traffic around curve).
  4. A short distance from that intersection turn left onto Young’s River Road.
  5. After milepost 7 look for a brown sign saying “Young’s Falls” and turn right.
  6. Parking area is a short distance from the intersection and the waterfall is close by.

25. University Falls

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University Falls. Photo by Luke Detwiler via Flickr CC2

University Falls is not only beautiful, it’s also the perfect hike for families or those looking for an easier hike to get out into nature.  The trail is an easy .6 mile out and back trail which ends in this gorgeous waterfall in the Tillamook State Forest.

26. Golden And Silver Falls

These two historic falls near North Bend and Coos Bay Oregon aren’t just gorgeous, they’re a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered.  The hiking trail to reach the falls is 1.4 miles out and back and is good for all skill levels.  Visitors will enjoy the giant old-growth fir and cedar trees as they hike.

 

Tips For Visiting Oregon Waterfalls

When out exploring the glorious waterfalls of Oregon, please follow the 7 principles of Leave No Trace so these areas can remain wild and beautiful for generations to come.  Also be sure not to hike beyond your skill level, take all the food, water, and gas you need, and go with a friend!  Don’t forget to research where you’re going first and plan for the weather.

  • Go early on a weekday when it will be less crowded.
  • Let someone know where you’ll be and when you plan to return.
  • Take a friend to enjoy the falls with.
  • Please follow the 7 principles of Leave No Trace so these areas can remain wild and beautiful for future generations.
  • Bring your camera and pack a lunch and plenty of water.
  • Prepare for inclement weather.
  • Research the trails you plan to take and be sure the trail is open before you travel to your destination.

Note: Hiking and exploring the outdoors are At-Your-Own-Risk-Activities.

Some of the waterfalls, trails, and wilderness areas mentioned in this article require a parking fee, day-use pass, recreation pass, or wilderness permits.  Research each trail before deciding to visit.  Hiking and exploring nature are at-your-own-risk activities.

Have you been to any of these falls? We hope this article helped inspire your next adventure. You might also enjoy the stunning waterfalls on this list (numbers 5, 8, and 9).  Which one of these is your favorite?  Let us know in a comment and tag the friends and family you want to go on an Oregon waterfall adventure with!