Fall River Falls

We visited Fall River Falls on a glorious weekend in June. The river is calm and the trail is easy. It’s a peaceful spot, and popular with fishermen.

There’s nothing especially remarkable about this waterfall or the hike. If you’re in the area on a nice day, or if you like to fish, go for a visit. A grassy meadow is conveniently placed at the base of the falls, which would work well for a picnic.

The river and meadow below the waterfall


My rating: Worth the Effort (2 stars)
(2 stars each for Waterfall, Trail, and Experience)

Distance from Beaverton: About 4 hours drive southeast

Nearest town: Sun River

Nearest city: Bend

County: Deschutes

Length of round-trip hike: 0.5 mile

Best season to visit: Any

Things to know: There is a longer trail along this section of the Fall River if you would like a longer hike. Check out alltrails.com for details.

Consider combining this trip with:  Paulina Creek Falls or Benham and Dillon Falls. Exploring at least some part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a must.

Toilet / Amenities: None

How to get there:

  1. Take Century Drive south from Sun River. After you cross the Deschutes River, travel approximately 2 more miles and turn left on FS Road 4360 (a gravel road). Follow this to the trailhead and parking area, just before the road crosses the Fall River.
  2. You can also access the trailhead from LaPine State Park. I can’t find those directions duplicated online, though. We visited the Big Tree within the park (which is not worth a special visit) and looked at the park maps posted there to find our way. The road from the park is a gravel road and not well-maintained, however.

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