Silver Falls State Park is Oregon’s largest, encompassing 9,200 acres in the Cascade foothills southeast of Silverton. It boasts an impressive ten large waterfalls, all connected by a hiking path named the Trail of the Ten Falls. During wet season there are even more waterfalls to see throughout the park, including the unusual Winter Falls.
Silver Falls is also one of the most popular day-use and camping spots in Oregon. The creek area above South Falls has a large picnic area with covered gazebos and a playground. The historic South Falls Lodge welcomes visitors during the day, with a cheery fire in its stone fireplace and a cafe serving lunch and snacks. The South Falls Lodge was built by the CCC in 1940 utilizing local wood and stone. The Friends of Silver Falls State Park operate a Nature Store in a log cabin down the trail from the Lodge.
A unique feature of the park is the ability to hike behind several of the larger waterfalls, including North Falls, South Falls Lower South Falls, and Middle North Falls. While the names might not be very original or awe-inspiring, the views of the waterfalls are. Best times to visit for maximum water flow and minimum people are early Spring during the week or late Fall before the leaves drop but after several good rains.