Brice Creek Falls

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.

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My son and me getting our hands wet

SUMMARY:

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

County: Lane

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.

Consider combining this trip with: Trestle Creek Falls, Upper Trestle Creek Falls, or Wildwood Falls.

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).

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