Now is the time to see the fall leaves at Silver Falls. If you are driving south from Portland, consider taking HWY 213 from Oregon City to Silverton. The country views are stunning. You'll pass tree farms, pumpkin stands and plenty of yellow, red and orange leaves.
Your destination will be Silver Falls State Park (entry fee). We recommend parking at the South Falls Day Use Area which is the main entrance to the park. You'll find a nature center, gift shop, nice restrooms and information boards. You can even sign up for a ranger or docent led hike.
At that point you will begin to see the amazing fall leaves. South Falls is the tallest falls of the many in the park. The water fall is 177 feet. You can take a loop hike to the base, passing behind the falls. Of course you will get misted, but it is an exciting hike with great photo opportunities that include both the falls and colorful foliage.
This is only one of 10 falls on the "Trail of Ten Falls." You can hike a loop trail that will take you past many more falls in the park, all with a combination of conifer and deciduous trees. So there will be many more golden trees to enjoy along the way. This trail is about 11 km and, if you stop to marvel at the views, will take you a good 3 -4 hours.
When you hike any trail at Silver Falls State Park, you are bound to get a little wet. Wear your weather resistant coats, hiking boots or shoes with tread and, for stability, bring a hiking stick. The trails can get slick. And, in the frosty mornings you might encounter ice on the trail.
Silver Falls State Park, just an hour and a half south of Portland, is a beautiful place to visit in any season, but especially right now to see the contrast of the bright yellow leaves against the dark evergreens.
Dogs are not allowed on trails except for the rim trail.