Sevenmile Creek Falls

Niagara County Park marks the location of the former town of Niagara, founded in 1890 and lasting for around 45 years. The plan was to build a dam on the North Santiam River, but nature had other ideas, and construction was abandoned in 1912. A short walk from the parking lot leads to the remains…

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…

Rainbow Falls (Linn County)

The journey to Rainbow Falls is nothing special – a fairly easy bushwhack from a dirt road through the undergrowth down to the creek. The creek and the waterfall, however, are a different story. We found our way to the top of the waterfall. The view upstream is idyllic, but since we didn’t have a good…

Lower Soda Falls

Cascadia State Park is a peaceful campground and picnic area that includes river access, a bit of history, and, of course, a waterfall. We began our adventure by hiking the short River Trail down to the rocky beach of the South Santiam River. There were a handful of families on the shore and swimming 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…

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….

Coffee Creek Falls

Coffee Creek Falls was a surprise. I had not come across any mention of it in my research, but we were driving in Oregon City one day, and lo and behold, there was a waterfall on the side of the road! It is RIGHT off the road, and it’s not very tall, and I couldn’t say…

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…

Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park is an absolute Must See for waterfall lovers in Oregon. There are 11 named falls in the park, even though the hiking trail is called “Trail of Ten Falls.” We visited in March, when there were innumerable seasonal falls as well, and I included 2 of those on my list for a…

Coal Creek Falls

We visited Coal Creek Falls in February. It’s an off-trail waterfall, so it doesn’t get much traffic, and the untouched beauty of the spot is almost magical. Everything is covered in inches-deep moss or fallen leaves, or both. Our directions were not accurate, and we almost gave up trying to find the right spot. But it…

McDowell Creek Falls

Four waterfalls can be found within McDowell Creek Falls County Park. The trail is an easy loop which can be tackled from either direction. I suggest crossing the bridge at Royal Terrace instead of hiking to the top; that way, you’ll approach Majestic Falls from the bottom instead of the top. Either choice will take you to Royal Terrace…