Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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At 319 feet, the basalt cliff of Munson Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon’s Coast Range.  The park is also home to the second tallest Sitka spruce in the world, a 260-foot behemoth that is eight feet in diameter.  It is easy to access this short hike that will take you through a small patch of old-growth forest that features not only giant Sitka spruce, but also western red cedar, Douglas fir, big leaf maple and red alder.  Unfortunately, much of the outlying scenery is marred by excessive clear cutting that has felled amazing forest habitats right up to the park’s small boundary.  It wasn’t until 1998 that a partnership between The River Conservancy (a Portland-based environmental group), Simpson Timber, and the Paul G. Allen Forest Protection Foundation created the state park, protecting the remaining 61 acres that surround this natural treasure.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

The tallest waterfall on the Oregon coast. Oregon's second tallest Sitka spruce.

Cons

Surrounded by clear-cut forest.

Features

Picnic tables
Waterfalls
Old-growth forest

Location

Field Guide

Comments

01/24/2019
Visited Munson Falls on September 28, 2017 during a trek across country of 14,750 miles and three and a half months. Beautiful, quiet area.
02/21/2016
Quick stop here before heading out to Cape Lookout. Beautiful waterfall. Definitely one you want to visit in the winter before the foliage comes back in the spring.
We took a short detour on our way home from the coast to find this gem of a little hike and to our surprise we came upon hundreds of spawning Salmon. It was an incredible sight. A very short and easy hike with kiddos. So glad we made the stop.
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