September 7, 2023
Oregon is well-known for its beautiful waterfalls. If you’re planning a camping trip, or better yet, a road trip, to this gorgeous state, you should start mapping out your waterfall route now. Because there are hundreds of lovely cascades in the state and it’s unlikely you will be able to explore them all in one trip, we’ve created this list of 5 must-see waterfalls in Oregon to get you started.
1. Multnomah Falls
This magnificent waterfalls gets millions of visitors every year, but if you’re okay sharing the views with other, you don’t want to miss out on this one. Multnomah Falls is located within the Columbia River Gorge and drops a total of 620 feet. This cascade is magical, and the bridge only makes it that much more enchanting.
2. Toketee Falls
Tucked within an old-growth forest, visitors can view this beautiful 113-foot waterfall after a short hike through stunning moss-covered trees. After venturing up 200 or so steps, visitors can marvel at the graceful Toketee Falls plunging into the North Umpqua River from a comfortable platform.
3. Punch Bowl Falls
This beauty is located on Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge and it ranks pretty high up there as far as iconic sights in Oregon go. Often the subject of pictures and postcards, visitors can explore Punch Bowl Falls on lovely 3.8 out and back hike. There are two viewing areas available and it’s not unusual to see people swimming here.
4. South Falls
South Falls is a gem nestled within a forested canyon in Silver Falls State park. It falls an impressive 177 feet to the pool below, and after a 1 mile hike on a paved walkway, visitors can get a great view of the waterfall from the viewpoint. The trail continues behind South Falls into a magical cave-like area that’s worth experiencing.
5. Salt Creek Falls
Located on Salt Creek in the Willamette National Forest, this breathtaking waterfall plunges 286 feet to the water below. Salt Creek Falls is ideal for those who aren’t looking for a long hike. The observation deck is only a short 50 yards from the parking lot and the platform is wheelchair accessible. There is a short gravel hike available that offers different views of the falls and a steep trail that will bring you to the base of of the waterfall. During the winter months you can check out Salt Creek Falls via the Salt Creek Sno-Park.
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