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Silver Falls State Park

North Canyon trailhead parking area and day-use restroom when it was under construction.

North Gateway Visitor Center under construction. North Gateway Visitor Center

About Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park is renowned for its waterfalls and a 35-mile trail network for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The Trail of Ten Falls, a spectacular, nationally recognized hiking trail weaves through a temperate rainforest in the western Cascade Mountain foothills.The trail passes a series of breathtaking waterfalls along a rocky canyon, and descends to winding Silver Creek at the forest floor.


Developing the North Gateway will bring more campsites to the park and increase campsite inventory to the statewide park system. Improvements include:

  • North Gateway campground and restroom/shower facilities.
  • Infrastructure improvements such as water, electrical, and sewer systems, as well as relocation of the current RV dump station.
  • North Gateway Visitor Center.
  • New North Canyon trailhead and parking lot, which will help parking congestion in the South Falls and Winter Falls parking areas.

Short-term visitor impacts

No dump station available through mid-2023.


  • North Gateway tree thinning completed.
  • North Canyon trailhead and day-use area opened July 2023 with a new trailhead and parking lot to help with congestion in the South Falls and Winter Falls parking areas. Includes 59 new parking spots and renovated ADA bathroom
  • Wetland delineation report completed.
  • RV dump station construction completed.

Next Steps

  • Design and site preparation for campground construction.
  • Interior work on the North Gateway Visitor Center.

  • April: Begin campground construction.
The current general obligation bond estimate is $10-12 million.

Last updated March 2024. Additional updates as information becomes available.

General Obligation Bonds Overview

The 2021 Oregon Legislature passed SB 5506 that approved general obligation bonds to revitalize parks and campgrounds. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved a preliminary list of projects in November 2021.

The project at Silver Falls State Park was one of the projects approved to receive funds from bond sales.

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