Row River Road (“Row” rhymes with “cow”) east of Cottage Grove leads to eleven waterfalls! On our first excursion in the area, we saw six of them. The first stop for us was Brice Creek Falls.
The unique thing about Brice Creek Falls is that it is at a 90 degree angle to the creek. Another positive attribute is that you can easily access the creek both above and below the falls for wading, swimming, jumping from rocks, or sunbathing. It’s also a pretty spot for pictures and easily accessed (the trail is wheelchair accessible).
My family’s story at this spot is that my son lost his water shoe while trying to cross the creek. My husband made his way back to the parking area by wading in the creek the whole way, searching unsuccessfully for the shoe, while my son and I hopped our way back on the trail. Thankfully, he had tennis shoes in the car and we were able to continue our adventures for the day.
My son and me getting our hands wet
My rating: Highly recommended (3 stars)
(Waterfall – 3 stars, Trail – 2 stars, Experience – 4 stars)
Distance from Beaverton: About two and a half hours drive south
Nearest town: Culp Creek
Nearest city: Eugene
Length of round-trip hike: 2/3 mile as described below, or 5.7 miles one way if hiking the Brice Creek Trail in its entirety
Best season to visit: The waterfall will be more impressive when the creek is high, but exploring and getting wet is more fun in the summer.
Things to know: Plan to get wet (without losing a shoe in the creek!). If you are looking to camp in the area, Cedar Creek Campground and Lund Park Campground both have access to Brice Creek and Brice Creek Trail.
Toilet / Amenities: Vault toilets, picnic table, and trash can
How to get there:
- Exit Interstate 5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174) and drive east on Row River Road for approximately 19.5 miles to signed Brice Creek Road # 22.
- Follow Brice Creek Road for 4.7 miles to Cedar Creek Campground, and park in the day use area to the left of the entrance.
- Cross Brice Creek on a footbridge and head upstream (right).