Drake Falls

Silver Falls State Park / Salem, Oregon, USA

About Drake Falls

Hiking Distance: 1.8 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2009-03-31
Date last visited: 2009-03-31

Waterfall Latitude: 44.89026
Waterfall Longitude: -122.64617

Drake Falls was a pretty diminutive 27ft falls requiring us to stand on an overlooking viewing deck protruding from the cliff to get a view of it.

We found this waterfall about 0.2 miles past the Middle North Falls turnoff.

Silver_Falls_184_03312009 - Drake Falls in Silver Falls State Park
Drake Falls in Silver Falls State Park

This was really just a waterfall for collectors as there were still two more waterfalls another 0.2 miles further downstream.

To our knowledge, we don’t think there was a way to get closer to the waterfall (at least one that was official).

Then again, we didn’t really bother to try since we didn’t think it would’ve been worth the effort anyways even if there had been an informal scramble to it.


Drake Falls resides in Silver Falls State Park near Salem in Marion County, Oregon. It is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Silver_Falls_182_03312009 - Julie checks out Drake Falls from the viewing deck
Silver_Falls_183_03312009 - Looking right down at Drake Falls
Drake_Falls_001_jx_03312009 - Sign telling us the height of Drake Falls


We started the hike that encompassed this waterfall from the Winter Falls trail.

It’s about a mile or so walk from the trailhead to the falls.

As for the geographical context, Portland was 42 miles (an hour drive) north of Silverton and 47 miles (also an hour drive) north of Salem.

Sweep from the viewing platform

Related Top 10 Lists

No Posts Found

Tagged with: silver falls, state park, salem, marion, oregon, waterfall, pacific northwest, silverton, behind

Visitor Comments:

No users have replied to the content on this page

Share your thoughts about what you've read on this page

You must be logged in to submit content. Refresh this page after you have logged in.

Visitor Reviews of this Waterfall:

No users have submitted a write-up/review of this waterfall

Have you been to a waterfall? Submit a write-up/review and share your experiences or impressions

Review A Waterfall

Nearest Waterfalls

The Waterfaller Newsletter

The Waterfaller Newsletter is where we curate the wealth of information on the World of Waterfalls website and deliver it to you in bite-sized chunks in your email inbox. You'll also get exclusive content like...

  • Waterfall Wednesdays
  • Insider Tips
  • User-submitted Waterfall Write-up of the Month
  • and the latest news and updates both within the website as well as around the wonderful world of waterfalls
Johnny Cheng

About Johnny Cheng

Johnny Cheng is the founder of the World of Waterfalls and author of A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls. Over the last 2 decades, he has visited thousands of waterfalls in over 40 countries around the world and nearly 40 states in the USA.
Read More About Johnny | A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls.