Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Silver Falls State Park is well known for its many spectacular waterfalls, but North Falls is special. At 136ft, North Falls isn’t the tallest in the park but it is one of the most powerful and a personal favorite of mine. The North Fork of Silver Creek constricts above the falls and the water is directed into a narrow and powerful cascade that thunders down onto the rocks below. This, combined with the fascinating cave like opening behind the falls, makes North Falls a must visit!

There are a few different ways to see North Falls. The easiest way is via the viewpoint right off Highway 214. This distant view offers a beautiful glimpse of the falls nestled deep amongst the stunning green forest. The Rim Trail also runs beside this viewpoint, but parking here is limited to 15 minutes so you will need to park at one of the other trailheads if wishing to hike.

Those hiking down to the falls will start at the North Falls Trailhead. From here it is only 1/3 of a mile to the falls via the Canyon Trail. There is a set of stairs and a bit of elevation change, but those that hike to the falls will be rewarded by the opportunity to walk behind the falls through an undercut cliff that could almost be called a cave - a very unique experience! I’d also recommend continuing along the Canyon Trail for a short distance and then looking back for another great view of the falls. You can also continue along the Canyon Trail to see the park’s other waterfalls.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Spectacular waterfall. Can be seen from viewpoint or short hike.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Wildlife
Family friendly
Geologically significant
Waterfalls
Big vistas

Location

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