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A beautiful in Silver Falls State Park
Copyright: - Oregon State Parks
A beautiful in Silver Falls State Park
Description - Nestled in the lower elevation of Oregon 's Cascade Mountains lies a temperate rain forest. It is here the Trail of Ten Falls can be found. The Canyon Trail and the falls descend to a forest floor covered with ferns, mosses and wildflowers. You also will find stands of Douglas fir, hemlock
and cedar.

Attractions - The Canyon Trail is a nationally recognized trail system that leads hikers along the banks of the north and south forks of Silver Creek. It takes you to ten majestic water falls, ranging from the grand South Falls (177 feet), to the delicate Drake Falls (27 feet). Four of these falls have an amphitheater-like surrounding where you can walk behind the falls and feel the misty, crisp spray.

The park has over 25 miles of trails for hiking (14 miles of horse trails). Pets are welcome on all but 5 miles. Because the canyon trail is narrow and bordered by sharp drop-offs in spots, bicycles, skate boards, in-line skates and pets are not allowed on the canyon trail. If you have any questions about which trails will accommodate pets, check with park staff.

At Silver Falls, you will find unique group camping areas like the Old and New Ranch buildings, Silver Creek Youth Camp, North Falls trailer and tent areas, RV, cabin and tent camping in the overnight campground. Additional cabin rentals and complete group accommodations can be found at Silver Falls Conference Center.

Guided daytime horse trail rides for people of all abilities are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day for a fee. For more information or to make special arrangements, contact the park.

Vital stats: A small fee or annual pass are required for day-use of the park. The campground offers 54 electrical sites, 51 tent sites (maximum site 60 feet; sites are closed Oct. 31-Apr. 15); group tent areas (3 areas); group RV areas(2 areas); horse campsites (5 sites with corrals; closed Oct. 31-Apr. 15); and 14 cabins. The campground offers showers.

Recreation - Silver Falls offers numerous recreation opportunities including hiking, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, swimming, biking, viewing scenery, and viewing interpretive sites.

Climate - Climate in this region changes with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.

Location - Silver Falls State Park is located on OR 214, 26 miles East of Salem in the Willamette Valley Region of Oregon.


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Filed By: Chris Hughes (Santa Cruz, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Four friends and I went to Silver Falls State Park Feb 2003 on a 3 day weekend from college. It was awesome. The trail is by far worth the trip, even in the rain. (yes, it was raining! We toughed it out and were rewarded) We had a cabin that we could stay in there and for $35 a night, that was a good value. The privacy and warmth was worth it and promoted a welcoming feeling. This is a great park for Students and People, especially for those who really appreciate nature.


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Contact Information:
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 1115 Commercial Street NE , Salem, OR, 97301-1002, Phone: 503-873-3890

Additional Information:
Oregon State Parks - Oregon's State Parks offer beautiful settings for outdoor recreation activities including camping, yurt or cabin stays, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing boating, wildlife viewing and much more.
Willamette Valley - The Willamette Valley lies to the south of Portland and takes its name from the river that flows through it. The valley lies between the Coast Range and the Cascades.

Links:
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com
Silver Falls State Park - Official agency website.

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