Green Acres Falls

On a beautiful February Saturday, our waterfall pursuits led us to Highway 38 between Drain and Reedsport. (Side note: Do you know why Oregon is so wet? Because it only has one Drain! (Sorry, I had to do it. You have my permission to roll your eyes.)) We were looking for several waterfalls listed on…

Alder Glen & Clarence Creek

Alder Glen Falls is viewed from the Alder Glen Campground. We visited in February, when the campground was deserted and the waterfall was full. If you want more adventure, you could view the waterfall from the river, as the kayakers in the picture below chose to do. Clarence Creek Falls is a roadside fall without…

Groundhog Creek Falls

There are three roadside waterfalls in the Groundhog Creek drainage area southeast of Oakridge. The best of this set, South Fork Groundhog Creek Falls, is also the farthest. As you can see in the photo above, South Fork is fairly sizeable, and since it’s visible from the road, it’s impossible to miss. There’s no hike,…

Road 21 Falls

Outside of Oakridge, Forest Service Road 21 leads to 5 mediocre waterfalls: Lower Pine Creek, Butcherknife, Boulder Creek, Chuckle Springs, and Youngs Creek. We got our directions for these falls from oregonwaterfalls.net (Thank you Mr. Price!), which lists the first waterfall as Pine Creek Falls. However, waterfallsnorthwest.com shows Lower Pine Creek Falls as the one…

Paulina Creek Falls

During my research, there were a handful of waterfalls whose pictures made me pause in admiration and think, “One day, I get to go there!” Paulina Creek Falls was one of those, and it did not disappoint. A pair of 80′ waterfalls pour side by side from Paulina Lake to the rocky ground below. There are…

Jack Falls (Columbia County)

Jack Falls can be seen from Highway 30, but for a better view, you can walk a third of a mile on an old overgrown road to the base of the falls. This is definitely the way to go. The waterfall is tall enough to be appreciated despite its small volume, and the stroll through…

Beaver Falls

Beaver Falls was our 100th waterfall. It was beautiful. I’m quite pleased with our choice for this milestone excursion. We had trouble finding the trailhead when we arrived. It turns out that we should have taken the trail marked “Danger, Trail Closed.” (The Outdoor Project’s website is reporting that the last part of the trail washed out in…

Devil Canyon Falls

Our directions to Devil Canyon Falls said, “The road is usually navigable by automobiles during the summertime.” Mysterious statement, right? Here’s what it should have said: “Even in July, you’ll most likely encounter puddles the width of the road and several car lengths’ long.” And who knows how deep! To get to the viewpoint for…

Yocum Falls

Our first attempt to find Yocum Falls was in March, over Spring Break, and there was still snow on the ground. We were not successful. In July we returned, and with a clear view of the ground we were able to make our way down to the waterfall. The hike begins at the historic marker…

Gunaldo Falls & Cosper Creek Falls

Gunaldo Falls is a bushwhack, but a fairly easy one. There is a sense of adventure in finding off-trail waterfalls, trudging through seemingly untouched nature, hoping that you are heading in the right direction. The area around Gunaldo Falls, however, is unfortunately not untouched. There is plenty of trash, broken glass, and even an abandoned…

Shotgun Falls

In February 2016, we visited the Molalla River Recreation Area, which offers a scenic drive along the Molalla River as well as opportunities for camping, boating, swimming, and of course, waterfalls. Lower Shotgun Falls is only about 300 feet off the road. The “trail” hugs the creek and crosses right in front of this 15-foot drop….

Fishhawk Falls & Barth Falls

There are three waterfalls off of Highway 202 between Jewell and Astoria. The first, Little Fishhawk Falls, is viewed from the northern parking lot of the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. The wildlife area provides food and habitat for wintering Roosevelt elk and other native wildlife species. The animals are the reason to visit this spot,…