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…

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,…

Munson Creek Falls

I had high expectations for Munson Creek Falls since it is the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range and is located in a state park. However, the park is simply a parking lot with a picnic table, and the trail is only a quarter of a mile long. We did enjoy our time there, but the experience…

Kilchis Falls & Lester Creek Falls

Kilchis Falls and Lester Creek Falls are both accessed from Jones Creek Road off of Highway 6, near the Diamond Mill OHV Staging Area. Kilchis Falls is 8 or 9 miles off of the highway, and wow, what a beautiful, harrowing drive! You’ll pass steep drop-offs that provide amazing views across the mountains. If you’ve got a…

University Falls & Fern Rock Falls

There are at least eight waterfalls accessible from Highway 6. University Falls was the first of this set for my family to visit. We visited in early December, hoping to get some good family pictures for a Christmas card. University Falls is a scenic spot, but there is really only one angle from which to take…

Hug Point Falls

I’ll be honest – you don’t go to Hug Point for the waterfall. But go anyway! A waterfall at a beach with an interesting history and surrounded by numerous caves is a total win in my book…er, blog. Oregonstateparks.org tells the history of Hug Point: “Imagine traveling by stagecoach along the beach. Before the highway was built, the…

Blumenthal Falls

Blumenthal Falls is awesome because it combines two of my favorite things: waterfalls and the beach! It is located at the north end of Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State Park and is about a mile from the parking lot, so it’s a good hike, too. The best part of visiting this waterfall, though, are…

Youngs River Falls

We visited Youngs River Falls in January, when the river was full and powerful. We didn’t get very close because the spray was hitting us even at the distance from which we took pictures! This waterfall is outside of Astoria and has been featured in movies such as Free Willy 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja…

Cedar Mill Falls

I had low expectations for Cedar Mill Falls, but I was pleasantly surprised by this urban waterfall. It’s small, but pretty. There is a nice viewing platform with benches if you’d like to stay for a while. But the waterfall is only yards away from a fairly busy road, so even though it’s a picturesque spot…