Pat Pendley’s Get To Know Oregon Volume #3

02/11/2013

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Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is much larger than the nationally recognized falls area. It is the largest state park in Oregon, some 8700 acres in size with a multiple-use trail system of more than 22 miles.
The most well-known feature of the park is the “Trail of Ten Falls” which is the focus of this tour. Several choices of routes make hikes of 2, 5, 7 and 9 miles. You can hike from the top (North Falls) down, or park near the lodge and hike from South Falls up. Trails have a moderate grade, places to rest and are well-maintained.

This Tour begins in the Main Park Parking Lot, crosses the South Fork of Silver Creek and continues west, crossing again with views of South Falls. The routes follows the red line clockwise as seen in the map at the upper right of this page.

Silver Falls State Park has rental cabins, overnight camping, picnic shelters, and hand-crafted structures including a lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. The lodge and other buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A detailed history of the area is available at the lodge.

Day-Use Fees apply, so be sure to use the vending machines to purchase a day-use parking permit to display on the dashboard of your vehicle. Visit the lodge for maps of the trail system and an historic overview of the park. Any time of the year is a good time to visit the park. Foliage and stream flows vary to offer an unlimited variety of scenery.

Information courtesy of
About Silver Falls
http://www.salemoregon.com/silverfallsstatepark/about.html

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