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.