Moon Falls

Moon Falls is the best of the three waterfalls accessed from Forest Service Road #1790, outside of Cottage Grove. We visited in September of 2015, an especially dry year, so our pictures show the waterfall in its most unimpressive state. This is unfortunate because, when the creek is more than a trickle, Moon Falls appears to be quite impressive. The stream cascades…

Spirit Falls

Spirit Falls is one of three waterfalls accessed from Forest Service Road #1790, outside of Cottage Grove. We visited in September of 2015, an especially dry year, so our pictures show the waterfall in its most unimpressive state. Even so, it is clear that this a lovely waterfall. The trail is pretty and not difficult,…

Smith Falls

Smith Falls is a roadside waterfall outside of Cottage Grove. It is quite picturesque, even when we visited in September after a very dry summer. It is not, however, much of an adventure. There is no creek access or even a safe place to park for very long. The adventure lies solely in navigating the…

Upper Trestle Creek Falls

We visited Upper Trestle Creek Falls in the late summer of 2015, which had been one of the driest summers on record. The waterfall was just a trickle, but it was still fun to visit. The trail goes behind the upper tier and curves around for a view of the whole waterfall. We scrambled down…

Evergreen and Blue Hole Falls

Evergreen Falls is a roadside waterfall outside of Cottage Grove. It’s not a hike, it’s not that big, and it’s a bit overgrown. It can definitely be skipped. Evergreen is also known as Noonday Ridge. Blue Hole Falls is very close to Evergreen, but we couldn’t find it on our first trip. We were successful on…

Upper Parker and Lower Parker Falls

Upper Parker and Lower Parker Falls are two of Cottage Grove’s eleven waterfalls. The trail is well marked and “moderately steep” for the first half mile. At that point, the trail splits. Lower Parker Falls is found 300 feet further to the right, and Upper Parker Falls is found another quarter mile to the left –…

Wildwood Falls

Wildwood Falls is the closest and one of the best waterfalls outside of Cottage Grove. There is no hike involved, but the location is perfect for swimming, cliff jumping, wading, and sunbathing. It is a popular spot with the locals, so be prepared to share your experience with a bunch of strangers. The river is wide…

Trestle Creek Falls

Row River Road (“Row” rhymes with “cow”) east of Cottage Grove leads to eleven waterfalls, one of which is Trestle Creek Falls. The trail ends at the base of this pretty waterfall, and downed trees make a comfy enough seat to rest for a few minutes before heading back. The spot is closely surrounded by…

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….