Silver Falls State Park is 14 mi. s.e. on SR 214. Comprising 9,064 acres, this is Oregon's largest state park. The north and south forks of Silver Creek tumble over ancient basalt lava flows, forming a cluster of accessible waterfalls in a lush temperate rain forest setting. The 8.7-mile Trail of Ten Falls/Canyon Trail forms a loop passing each of the park's waterfalls. The trail leads behind four: the 177-foot South Falls, 93-foot Lower South Falls, the 106-foot Middle North Falls and the 136-foot North Falls. There are more than 25 miles of recreational trails for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use, but not all the trails can accommodate all activities, so inquire before heading out.
The park's natural vegetation includes Douglas fir, vine maple, western hemlock and bigleaf maple with an understory of salal, sword fern and Oregon grape. Pacific blacktail deer and 95 bird species inhabit the forest. Black bears, cougars and coyotes live in the park's remote reaches. South Falls Lodge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, contains furnishings crafted from only two Oregon myrtle trees.
Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.