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Silver Falls State Park is not just the biggest state park in Oregon, it's also one of the very best. Located just over half an hour east of the state capital of Salem, this 9,000-acre park attracts more than one million visitors each year.
Tucked away in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Silver Falls State Park boasts some of the most breathtaking natural scenery you're ever likely to come across. There 's the picture-perfect South Falls and several other waterfalls, excellent hiking and mountain biking, fishing, swimming, and a whole lot more.
Best of all, there's an RV-friendly campground nestled in the middle of it all. So if you'd like to get back to nature in one of Oregon's most iconic state parks, book an RV in Marion County and start putting together your perfect Silver Falls State Park travel itinerary.
Nicknamed the "crown jewel" of the Oregon State Parks system, Silver Falls State Park offers more opportunities for outdoor recreating and sightseeing than you can poke a stick at.
Of course, the one attraction that draws more visitors than any other would have to be the stunning South Falls. With a curtain of water cascading down a 177-foot drop, it's the sort of sight that will make you stop and stare in awe. What's even more remarkable is that you can actually walk behind the falls and feel the spray on your face, allowing you to explore this natural landmark from all angles.
The world-famous South Falls can be accessed via the Trail of Ten Falls. This 7.2-mile hike leads you through dense rainforest to one spectacular waterfall after another, winding its way down a rocky canyon to a meandering creek. It's a must-do for hikers and any keen amateur photographer, and the fact that the loop can be shortened means you don't have to be a fitness freak to tackle it. And with three other falls you get to walk behind along the way, it's an experience you'll never forget.
Moving a little further off the beaten track, Silver Falls State Park boasts ore than 35 miles of backcountry trails to explore. Hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders are all welcome, so it's up to you how far you want to go.
However, make sure you keep your eyes peeled along the way. A popular spot for wildlife enthusiasts, the park is home to black bears, cougars, coyotes, and Pacific black-tail deer, so who knows what sort of creatures you might spot while navigating your way through the forest.
Each year, more than 80,000 people spend the night in the park, and it's not hard to see why.
The Silver Falls State Park RV campground sits in beautiful wooded surrounds and provides easy access to the park's waterfalls and hiking trails. It features 45 electric sites with water, while there are also 40 tent sites with water nearby. Flushing toilets and hot showers are provided — you'll definitely appreciate the warm water during the cooler months — and two of the campsites are accessible to people with disabilities. Campsite reservations can be made up to nine months in advance.
Other campground features include a kids' playground, an amphitheater, and firewood and ice sales. Leashed and well-behaved pets are welcome in the campground and can even swim in the clear waters of Upper North Falls. An off-leash pet exercise area can also be found in the South Falls Day Use Area, and leashed pets are welcome on all trails bar the Canyon Trail.
From its breathtaking waterfalls and wonderful hiking to myriad wildlife watching opportunities, Silver Falls State Park offers something for everyone. And if you'd prefer to just relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of being in the great outdoors, you can do that here as well.
But when you decide the time has come to continue your journey, you won't have to travel far to find other attractions worth visiting. North Santiam State Recreation Area, with its beautiful riverfront and excellent fishing, is just a short drive to the south, while the imposing Douglas firs and hemlock trees of Santiam State Forest are just a little further afield. And if you're looking for the delights of a major city, you can be sampling an Upheaval IPA at Widmer Brothers Brewing in downtown Portland in just over an hour.
You can choose your own adventure based on the type of activities and experiences you want to enjoy, so rent a camper near Silver Falls State Park and start planning your Oregon RV escape today.