Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Many waterfalls on a short hike. Well maintained trail and viewing platforms. Wading.

Cons

Minimal amenities.

Features

Flushing toilets
Picnic tables
Waterfalls
Fishing

Location

Field Guide

Comments

06/05/2018
Not the biggest waterfalls in Oregon but still a nice hike through a lush forest.
03/04/2018
If you plan on doing the entire loop keep in mind that you will have to cross the road, so keeping pets, and children close by is a must. Also it is wise to remember that during the winter the trail gets muddy, and can get washed out making some spots a little tricky to navigate.
07/30/2017
A good spot to explore and relax on a hot summer day.
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