Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
230.00 ft (70.10 m)
Trail type
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
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If you’re looking for a short hike with quick rewards or a longer hike with options, try Alsea Falls Recreation Site. Located in the coast range along the South Fork of the Alsea River, this BLM-managed area is a great place to explore, and you can make your adventure as long or as short as you like.

The first of two waterfalls is a short distance from the day use parking area. Stay on the west side of the river and hike down less than a quarter of a mile to find Alsea Falls cascading down. Water flow and debris will make the falls look very different throughout the year, though this is generally a great swimming hole during the warmer summer months.

Cross the bridge and turn left to hike along the east side of the river for about a mile and a half to reach the second waterfall, known as Green Peak Falls on Peak Creek. Trails to a private campground branch off along the way, so be mindful of which trail you take. You can extend your adventure by exploring more of the forest on trails that go south from the footbridge. Signage is limited, and these less-frequently maintained trails may have some downed limbs from recent storms.

There are picnic tables and restrooms in the day use parking area, and a 16-site campground is close by if you want to stay and explore the area further. Though the drive there is beautiful, it is also popular with bicyclists, so be sure to drive carefully on the narrow road.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


Waterfalls. Camping and picnic areas nearby.


Trails not clearly marked.

Trailhead Elevation

750.00 ft (228.60 m)


Bird watching
Old-growth forest

Suitable for




The hike to Green Peak Falls is not very well marked after the initial part of the trail after you cross the bridge. You end up coming off a trail and onto a gravel road. Keep following the gravel road and it will eventually come to a large bridge and another road coming in from the left. Keep going straight past that toward a campground. Before you get to the campground, to the right will be a big clearing where there finally was a sign for Green Peak Falls. As you head into the clearing you will spy a brown spike with the trail marker on it and you will be alongside the creek to your left. This trail takes you the rest of the way to the falls. The map at the Alsea Falls picnic area was minimally helpful but other hikers were very helpful.
Fun day hike. Def not an overnight backpack trip. Just took my son on his first overnight backpacking trip here. Great time at Alsea falls, then headed up to Green Peak. Good time there. Found a little spot to sleep, but not many to choose from and all sloped some. The falls were beautiful, crawdads and fish in the deeper pools. Super cold water and lots of poison oak!!
Thanks Brittany, we've noted the day use fee. Sorry to hear about the hornets!
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