Friday, July 27, 2012

Hike the waterfall trail at Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls (oregon.com)
Oregon’s largest state park, Silver Falls, is 24 miles east of Salem and boasts the beautiful Canyon Trail/Trail of Ten Falls. This connected series of trails covers 22 miles, with multiple short sections leading to footbridges, fern-and-pine shaded waterfalls, and pools. One of the most popular and easily accessible is South Falls, which drops 177 feet; you can even walk behind the cascade. Middle North Falls is considered the most picturesque.

The Civilian Conservation Corps hand built the picnic shelters, a main lodge, and other structures now on the National Historic Register. In addition to the Canyon Trail, there are about 25 miles of pet-friendly trails that lace through this magnificent park. The 131-site campground has 52 RV sites (maximum 60 feet) with electricity. For reservations, call (800) 452-5687.

To learn more about the park and each individual waterfall, visit: www.salemoregon.com/silverfallsstatepark/about.html

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