Hike-in Required
Open Year-round
ADA accessible
Guided tours
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Upper North Falls, not to be confused with North Falls, is one of the ten incredible waterfalls found within Silver Falls State Park. It is accessed by a short and easy hike described below.

You’ll begin by parking at the North Falls Trailhead. Parking here is rather limited, so try and get here early, especially if you’re hiking on a weekend. From the trailhead it is a little under half a mile (one way) to the falls. Cross the footbridge over the creek, then take a right and cross under the same footbridge to follow the creek upstream.

The trail then crosses under Highway 214 as it continues to closely follow the North Fork of Silver Creek upstream. Ignore the Perimeter Trail that takes off to the right and stay on the main pathway.

The trail ends right before the waterfall with a great view. There are a couple of steps that lead down to the rocky area at the base of the falls. During winter months the creek level will likely be higher and covering this area, but during summer months you can walk down a ways further. The pool at the base of the falls is also a tempting location to dip your toes or even take a full dip. After enjoying Upper North Falls, return the way you came back to the trailhead.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

State Park Fee


Scenic waterfall. Short and easy hike.


Limited parking.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Near lake or river
Family friendly
Vault toilet



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