camping: Silver Falls State Park

For the New Year’s holiday, a friend and I camped at Silver Falls State Park to explore some of the park’s backcountry trails.

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We were both camping in our vehicles, so we stayed at an RV campsite. This meant we could take advantage of the electrical hookups, so I brought a heating pad and electric blanket. The overnight lows were in the mid-30s both nights, and I was glad to have a way to stay warm.

Silver Falls at Night

On the first night, we walked through the tent area, and followed day use trails to South Falls. The tent area was closed for the season but it looks like a great place to camp in the summer.

Silver Falls State Park

This covered bridge over Silver Creek leads to the cabin area at the campground.

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On the path to South Falls, we passed this old restroom building.

camping at Silver Falls State Park

The creek drops off almost 200 feet here and becomes South Falls.

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It was a foggy night, which gave it a much different feel than the many times I’d seen this waterfall during the day.

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Hiking

Silver Falls State Park - Buck Mountain & Howard Creek loop hike

Every time I’ve been to Silver Falls in the past, I hiked the Trail of Ten Falls. We wanted to see what the other trails in the park looked like, plus we had a dog with us and they aren’t allowed on the waterfall trail, so we headed out on a loop in the park’s backcountry. View my trip report for the Buck Mountain – Howard Creek loop hike.

Rainy send-off

It was supposed to start raining on our last day, but not until about 4:00pm. Instead, the rain arrived while we were still sleeping and it rained heavily while we were packing up to leave. This was a chance worth taking in order to be able to ring in the new year in this beautiful location. 🙂