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SILVER FALLS STATE PARK

Nestled in the lower elevation of Oregon's Cascade Mountains lies a temperate rain forest. It is here that the Trail of Ten Falls/Canyon Trail (770k) (Acrobat required to view map) can be found. The Canyon Trail and the falls descend to a forest floor covered with ferns, mosses, and wildflowers. You will also find stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar. While thousands visit the park every year, it is large enough for you to find quiet places to sit and watch for birds (download a bird list as a text file.)

The Canyon Trail is a nationally recognized trail system that leads hikers along the banks of the north and south forks of Silver Creek. It takes you to 10 majestic waterfalls, ranging from the grand South Falls (177 feet), to the delicate Drake Falls (27 feet). Four of these falls have an amphitheater-like surrounding where you can walk behind the falls and feel the misty, crisp spray.

Because the Canyon Trail is narrow and bordered by sharp drop-offs in spots, bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and pets are not allowed on the canyon trail.

Please note Special Rules on Pets: Silver Falls State Park welcomes visitors and their pets. Please keep in mind these rules.

Going for a walk: The park has over 25 miles of trails for hiking (14 miles of horse trails) that are pet friendly. If you have any questions about which trails will accommodate pets, check with park staff, or refer to the Silver Falls State Park Trail Guide for more information on pet restrictions.

Control your pet: While in the park, keep your pet on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Your pet must be able to respond to your commands, and you must be physically capable of restraining your pet. This rule protects you and your pet, other visitors, and park wildlife (Silver Falls is a designated state wildlife refuge).

Be a good neighbor: For sanitary reasons, bag and remove all pet wastes. For your convenience, Mutt Mitt dispensers are located throughout the park. Also, never leave your pet unattended, whether in the campground or picnic areas.

Please stay on marked trails and within designated day-use areas at all times. For your safety, respect any posted trail closure notices.

Overnight Facilities
At Silver Falls, you will find unique group camping areas like the Old and New Ranch buildings, Silver Creek Youth Camp, North Falls trailer and tent areas, RV, cabin and tent camping in the overnight campground. Additional cabin rentals and complete group accommodations can be found at the Silver Falls Conference Center (rates listed below are for the campground cabins, not the conference center cabins). Where to Stay at Silver Falls State Park (3.8M pdf)

Horse Rentals
Guided daytime horse trail rides for people of all abilities are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day for $27 +$3 insurance surcharge per person (covers a 1-hour ride and horse rental). For more information, or to make special arrangements, call (503) 873-3890.


(140k; just the campground and trail maps; requires Acrobat)

Silver Falls Trail Guide and Trail of Ten Falls/Canyon Trail (770k); requires Acrobat)

Vital stats
One reservable group meeting hall, 4 reservable picnic shelters, 2 reservable ranches, Youth Camp, $3 daily day-use fee or buy a 12-month permit for $25, or a 24-month permit for $40. These 1- and 2-year permits are good at all state park day-use areas.

52 electrical (maximum site 60 feet; open all year), 45 tent (tent sites closed Oct. 31-Apr. 15); group tent (3 areas); group RV (2 areas); horse camp (5 regular sites with corrals; and 1 group site with corrals; closed October 31 to April 1); 14 cabins (10 are 2-room rustic cabins, and 4 are 1-room rustics. For information only, call (503) 873-8681, ext. 31 or (800) 551-6949. To make reservations, call (800) 452-5687.

Park hours of operation:
  • June 1 to August 31 - 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • September - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • October - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • November 1 to February 28 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • March - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • April - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Park rates (subject to change)
May 1 to September 30
Full rate: $20
Electrical hookup: $20
Tent site: $16
Horse camp: $16 $48
Rustic cabin: $35
Extra vehicle: $5
Daily day use: $3
Yearly day use: $25
Group (tent): $61
      October 1 to April 30 (Discovery Season)
Electrical hookup: $16
Tent site: $12
Horse camp: $12/$36
Rustic cabin: $35
Extra vehicle: $5
Daily day use: $3
Yearly day use: $25
Group (tent): $40

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Electric Primitive Yurts, cabins, tepees OR wagons
Reservable group RV Reservable group tent Showers
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Playgrounds Group shelter Reservable group shelter
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Terrestrial mammal watching Native plant Fishing
Swimming Horse trail Walking trail
Hiking trail Bicycle trail Special events
Nature programs Historic programs Celebrations
Music Athletics Interpretive events
Forest Wetland Waterways
Rock formations Mountains Canyons
Waterfalls Historic resources Historic buildings
Historic sites Historic trails Museums
Living history Historic signs Historic displays
Interpretation Interpretive tours Evening programs
Interpretive signs Interpretive displays Nature/Visitor center
Interpretive store ADA restroom ADA trails
ADA buildings Year-round Restrooms



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City of Salem
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Silver Falls Conference Center
Community of Silverton
Horse Rental Concessionaire
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Relative Location
OR 214, 26 miles E of Salem

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Lat.: 44.876667 N
Long.: -122.64805 W