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McDowell Creek Falls County Park

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Majestic Falls with a winter high flow.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • Majestic Falls with low summer flow.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • Majestic Falls with low summer flow.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • McDowell Creek above Majestic Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • Majestic Falls at low autumn flow.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • McDowell Creek below lower McDowell Creek Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • McDowell Creek below lower McDowell Creek Falls in fall.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • McDowell Creek below lower McDowell Creek Falls in fall.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • Majestic Falls at low autumn flow.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • McDowell Creek surrounded by autumn color.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • Crystal Falls below Majestic Falls clad in fall colors.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • Crystal Falls below Majestic Falls clad in fall colors.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • Evening mist of fall at Majestic Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • Majestic Falls is certainly the Highlight of the Park.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • West parking area and trailhead.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • Typical picnic bench.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • McDowell Creek attracts many summer visitors.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • The steps to the upper viewing platform of Royal Terrace Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • 120-foot Royal Terrace Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • The view above Royal Terrace Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • McDowell Creek.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • McDowell Creek.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • The wooden boardwalk and platforms surrounding Majestic Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • The wooden boardwalk and platforms surrounding Majestic Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • The wooden boardwalk and platforms surrounding Majestic Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • The view above Majestic Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • The upper viewing platform above Majestic Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
  • The picnic area near the parking lot of Majestic Falls.- McDowell Creek Falls County Park
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Pros: 
Many waterfalls on a short hike. Well maintained trail and viewing platforms. Wading.
Cons: 
Minimal amenities.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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McDowell Creek County Park seems tucked away in a little nook of rural farmland in central Linn County. You wouldn't expect to find this forested park, surrounding two creeks and several waterfalls, all viewable along a short trail, in this area. It's certainly worth the short drive off of Highway 20. 

Amenities are minimal here, just a vaulted toilet found at the west parking area and trailhead. There are several day use tables scattered across the park with a few standard grills. The well maintained trail and bridges meander through thick forest consisting of maples, firs, and many ferns. The highlight, of course, is the creek and its many falls and cascades. There are many opportunities for wading in the creek, but no real swimming holes. The flow of water is definitely seasonal. Some of the falls can just have a trickle running through them at the end of summer.

While the small park definitely has multiple parking areas and trailheads, you might find that the best way to experience it is by parking at the west trailhead and following the loop trail. Plan to take your time at the upper and lower wooden viewing platforms of Majestic Falls, the highlight of the park. This area is also accessible by vehicle. 

This park can be enjoyed throughout the year as its flow and foliage changes significantly with the seasons.

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