As of Monday, one of Oregon’s most popular places to explore and hike reopened to the public. Silver Falls State Park is Oregon’s largest state park and features awe-inspiring viewpoints with gorgeous waterfalls, and hiking trails that are fun for the whole family. If you decide to hike through the whole trail, it’s considered a moderate hike at around 7.3-miles. The trail loops through the forested canyon alongside the creeks that feed the falls, from the 177-foot South Falls to 27-foot Drake Falls. The drive here is as stunning as always, and you are looking at about $5 to park.
Alongside most state parks and businesses, Silver Falls State Park was closed due to the coronavirus scare. The park has been closed nearly six weeks until reopening, as a part of phase 1 in Kate Brown’s plan to slowly reopen Oregon. The hiking trail is a 7.3-mile loop through the forested canyon alongside the creeks that feed the falls, from the 177-foot South Falls to 27-foot Drake Falls.
The park officials are asking visitors to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and visit only with those in your household. Oregon state officials are also asking for those in more densely populated areas to not travel more than 50 miles from home for recreation.
The cafe is also said to be open in the lodge, which includes snacks. However, the tables have been removed in the area for safety.
Also worth mentioning, just 9 miles north of Redmond, Smith Rock State Park is open once again after being closed in light of coronavirus.