Silver Falls State Park Photos from late Autumn
Shamefully I’ve never photographed one of Oregon’s most beautiful locations, Silver Falls State Park, until recently. As autumn was winding to a halt and snow was falling in Bend, I decided I wasn’t ready for winter and made a trip over Santiam Pass to this gem in the Oregon State Park system. Silver falls is one of the places that makes Oregon special. The fact that is not a National Park is a tribute to our states beauty. It is one of the Oregon State parks, Like Smith Rock State Park and Ecola State Park that would definitely be a national park if they were located in most other states in America.
Silver Falls is located near Silverton, Oregon and was about a 2.5 hour drive from Bend in good weather. A great way to explore Silver Falls is to hike the “Trail of Ten Falls” which has a trailhead at the South Falls parking lot. At about 8 miles in length, the hike might not be for everybody but it is certainly not a technical hike. The image above is of South Falls from near the parking lot and visitor center. South Falls drops 177ft into a beautiful dark pool.
South Falls is one of the three waterfalls in the park that you can actually walk behind which is a fun experience for young and old. Continuing behind the falls will lead you accross an attractive foot bridge across Silver Creek which will connect you with the Trail Of Ten Falls. If you follow the Trail of ten falls, like I did, you will next stumble upon Lower South Falls which is pictured below.
There is beauty in every direction on this section of the trail of ten falls. The outflow from Lower South Falls is particularly beautiful and I was lucky enough to catch some late fall color with the gracefully flowing Silver Creek in the following Image.
While continuing along the trail of ten falls, you’ll fight sensory overload for over a mile before hearing the roar of the small but attractive Lower North Falls pictures below.
The trail throughout this state park is an exceptional tribute to Oregon’s natural beauty that cannot be overstated. The lush textures of this temperate rain forest combined with the rich earthy aromas of early autumn decay are unforgettable and two of the few things that my home town of Bend, Oregon lacks. Luckily, this green eden is only 2.5 hours away for a slow driver like myself. The trail passes a few smaller but still enchanting falls during its next stretch. Double falls, Drake Falls, and Middle North Falls are all enjoyed in this stretch of the Trail of ten falls. A side trail off of the trail of ten falls visits the very worth winter falls. This waterfall relies on heavier waterflows for its elegant form. If you visit Silver Falls State Park in the heat of summer, you might skip this detour as the falls may be absent. Below is Winter falls in its autumn glory.
this stunning waterfall does deserve inspection if there is enough water flow. Below is a closer image of Winter falls.
The trail is laden with life throughout this hike but particularly so between Twin falls and the Jaw Dropping North Falls. Below is a small bonus I found during this autumn hike.
In this startlingly beautiful hike, North Falls is truly one of the highlights. There are many good vantage points from which to view this 136 foot watery beauty.
North falls is easily accessible from the aptly named North Falls Parking lot. It is not to be missed! It is one of the waterfalls that you can walk behind if you can negotiate relatively easy sections of mossy lush wooded trail like the one pictured below.
One last view of North Falls as seen from near the underpass seems worthy to me. I was a little late for optimal fall color, but the scenery is stunning at any time of year in this wonderful State Park.
This park is just plain amazing and a worthy visit for explorers of any age. If you are traveling from Central Oregon I would highly recommend leaving early and planning on spending an entire day in this watery wonderland. One final recommendation. Stop at Rosie’s Mountain Coffe House in Mill City, Oregon along the way. The service is great and the food and drinks are even better. Excellent scones, flavorful coffee and the best cold cut sandwiches outside of Camp Sherman all served in a quaint roadside setting. It should be part of your Silver Falls State adventure if you are visiting from the Central Oregon area.
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