Oregon Waterfalls (USA)



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INTRODUCTION

Oregon Waterfalls are probably one aspect of the state's natural beauty that can easily be taken for granted. As you can see on this page, there are numerous waterfalls that we've encountered, and this doesn't even scratch the surface at what the state has to offer. In addition, Oregon encompasses a surprising variety of attractions and activities not related to waterfalls. For example, it has got beautiful stretches of relatively undeveloped coastlines, drier (even desert-like) areas in the rainshadow of the Cascade Range, windsurfing & kitesurfing at Hood River, and more. Its main city of Portland is often touted as one of the Nation's most livable cities as it features very progressive (especially when compared to California) policies towards development, almost nonexistent traffic congestion (again by California standards), and it's an easy day trip away from places like the picturesque Oregon Coast, some of the active volcanoes of Southern Washington, the famous Columbia River Gorge, and even Silver Falls State Park. The state also has the incredible Crater Lake National Park. We could easily see ourselves living here except for the well-earned reputation of being very rainy, which we managed to experience for ourselves while visiting this state.

Speaking of the rain, it's perhaps no coincidence that this state seems to harbor a disproportionate amount of seriously legitimate waterfalls. They were of such magnitude that the waterfalls that would've been a big deal in much of California seem to get lukewarm responses in Oregon. Anyways, in order to get a better handle on the plethora of Oregon Waterfalls that we were able to survey, we're grouping them into the following subregions - Central Oregon, Northern Oregon, Oregon Coast, and Southern Oregon.

Salt Creek Falls The Central Oregon subregion encompasses a large swath of the state east of the I-5 corridor between Salem and Eugene. Included in here is Silver Falls State Park, which ironically doesn't have a waterfall named Silver Falls, but it includes the ten waterfalls that we saw within the park's boundaries. Indeed, this was another one of those places where it was easy to get waterfall-fatigued. This was where we saw waterfalls like the famous South Falls. Also included in this region is the Three Sisters Wilderness and the northern and central end of Willamette National Forest. Among the waterfalls that we've seen here include Proxy Falls and Sahalie Falls.

The waterfalls of Northern Oregon pretty much features the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood comprising perhaps the majority of the waterfalls in our survey of the state. Of this subregion, the Columbia River Gorge dominates the survey. Being at the north end of the base of Mt Hood, the volcano seemed to be a rain magnet, which consequently fed the plethora of waterfalls in this small stretch of land. I'd argue that you'd be hard pressed not to be waterfall-fatigued after waterfalling this subregion. In addition to the impressive Multnomah Falls, we also managed to visit other understated yet just as impressive waterfalls like Elowah Falls as well as one that required a bit of a dicey adventure in Lower Oneonta Falls among others. We've also extending this region to include waterfalls all over the slopes of Mt Hood as well as the region east of it, which includes White River Falls.

The Oregon Coast as the name would suggest covers everything up and down the state's dramatic coast. It pretty much includes every waterfall west of the I-5 corridor. There's a lot more in terms of waterfall sightings we'd like to have in the survey so we'll be sure to look for it on a future trip to the state. Among the waterfalls that we saw in this part of the state included Silver Falls and Golden Falls.

Finally, the Southern Oregon subregion covers the Southern Cascades Range encompassing the forests surrounding the Umpqua and Rogue Rivers as well as the southern extreme of the Willamette National Forest. This also features Crater Lake National Park, perhaps the most famous of the state's many volcanic features found here. It's pretty much the area east of the I-5 corridor around Roseburg all the way down south to Ashland and Medord. The waterfalls found in this dynamic region include Salt Creek Falls, Toketee Falls, Mill Creek Falls, and Watson Falls among others.

Whether you're a resident or a visitor, it's hard to ignore the plethora of waterfalls and other natural attractions the state has on offer. Thus, we can easily envision ourselves returning here time and time again; adding to the survey that you can read about below...




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WATERFALL THUMBNAILS

To get a glimpse of what each waterfall looks like, check out the table below. Click on the waterfalls to read more about them.

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Central Oregon

South Falls 3.5 South Falls
Silver Falls State Park

Lower South Falls 3.5 Lower South Falls
Silver Falls State Park

North Falls 2.5 North Falls
Silver Falls State Park

Upper North Falls 2 Upper North Falls
Silver Falls State Park

Middle North Falls 3.5 Middle North Falls
Silver Falls State Park

Lower North Falls 1 Lower North Falls
Silver Falls State Park

Winter Falls 2 Winter Falls
Silver Falls State Park

Twin Falls 1 Twin Falls
Silver Falls State Park

Drake Falls 1 Drake Falls
Silver Falls State Park

Double Falls 2 Double Falls
Silver Falls State Park

Proxy Falls 3.5 Proxy Falls
Three Sisters Wilderness

Sahalie Falls 2.5 Sahalie Falls
Willamette National Forest

Koosah Falls 2.5 Koosah Falls
Willamette National Forest

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Northern Oregon

Multnomah Falls 4.5 Multnomah Falls
Columbia River Gorge

Latourell Falls 3.5 Latourell Falls
Columbia River Gorge

Elowah Falls 3.5 Elowah Falls
Columbia River Gorge

Horsetail Falls 3 Horsetail Falls
Columbia River Gorge

Ponytail Falls 2 Ponytail Falls (Upper Horsetail Falls)
Columbia River Gorge

Wahkeena Falls 2 Wahkeena Falls
Columbia River Gorge

Bridal Veil Falls 2 Bridal Veil Falls
Columbia River Gorge

Triple Falls 3 Triple Falls
Columbia River Gorge

Middle Oneonta Falls 1 Middle Oneonta Falls
Columbia River Gorge

Wahclella Falls 2.5 Wahclella Falls (Tanner Creek Falls)
Columbia River Gorge

Metlako Falls 2 Metlako Falls
Columbia River Gorge / Eagle Creek

Punch Bowl Falls 1.5 Punch Bowl Falls (Punchbowl Falls)
Columbia River Gorge / Eagle Creek

Starvation Creek Falls 2.5 Starvation Creek Falls
Columbia River Gorge / near Hood River

Shepperd's Dell Waterfall 1.5 Shepperd's Dell Waterfall
Columbia River Gorge

Lower Oneonta Falls 3 Lower Oneonta Falls
Columbia River Gorge

White River Falls 3 White River Falls (Tygh Valley Falls)
Tygh Valley

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Oregon Coast

Silver Falls 2.5 Silver Falls
near Coos Bay

Golden Falls 2.5 Golden Falls
near Coos Bay

Waterfall at Cape Meares 1.5 Oregon Coast Waterfalls

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Southern Oregon

Salt Creek Falls 3.5 Salt Creek Falls
Willamette National Forest

Diamond Creek Falls 2.5 Diamond Creek Falls
Willamette National Forest

Vidae Falls 2 Vidae Falls
Crater Lake National Park

Duwee Falls 1 Duwee Falls
Crater Lake National Park

Watson Falls 3 Watson Falls
Umpqua National Forest

Toketee Falls 3.5 Toketee Falls
Umpqua National Forest

Natural Bridge on the Rogue River 1 Natural Bridge
Rogue River National Forest

Mill Creek Falls 3 Mill Creek Falls and Barr Creek Falls
Prospect State Park

Rogue Falls at the Avenue of the Giant Boulders 1.5 Pearsony Falls and "Rogue Falls"
Prospect State Park




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