10 of the Best Must See Waterfalls in Oregon
Come feel the mist of Oregon waterfalls on your face!
With winter and spring come winter storms and snow pack melt, supplying Oregon scenic rivers the water needed to create our wildly beautiful and renowned waterfalls.
And it’s certainly not too early to start planning your Oregon vacation that should involve chasing waterfalls.
Oregon has more than 238 waterfalls across the state (and 1,000+ according to the Northwest Waterfalls Survey).You basically can’t drive more than 30-minutes without passing another waterfall! The Columbia River Gorge has close to 50 notable waterfalls alone. So where should you go? We’ve come up with a list of 10 must-see waterfalls to get you started.
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Ramona Falls: Mt. Hood Region. 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail to one of the most striking destinations in the Mount Hood Wilderness. This shaded waterfall is about 120 feet tall, consisting of a wall of cascades.
Tamanawas Falls: 3.5 mile out and back trail in Mount Hood National Forest. Micro spikes are recommended in the winter months. Bring your binoculars and prepare to see a lot of birds and a stunning waterfall! The falls are amazing at 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. Belted Kingfisher are common but it’s the songbirds you’re likely to remember long after they’ve sung their tunes
White River Falls: Get a taste of the high desert on this .8 miles out and back near Maupin. The waterfall is the main focus of the White River Falls State Park and for good reason, the scenic White River plunges 90-feet from a basalt shelf. This hike has beautiful views and several large waterfalls.
Koosah Falls: Koosah Falls is the second of the three major waterfalls of the McKenzie River, in the center of the Willamette National Forest. The waterfall plunges into a pool, south of Santiam Pass, a renowned 4,817-foot mountain pass in Oregon’s Central Cascade Range.
Steelhead Falls: Formed a few million years ago, this Oregon waterfall is lined by colorful 25-foot cliffs. The fall drops into a deep canyon following this quiet desert river. It’s a popular go-to destination for swimming and cliff jumping.
Tumalo Falls: Tumalo Falls is both the tallest, 89 feet, and most impressive waterfall along Tumalo Creek – as well as one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the vicinity of Bend.
Paulina Creek Falls: This waterfall is known for its side-by-side drop of 80-feet that surrounds a small island at the edge of the cliff.
Bridal Veil: a Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls: Hidden beneath the Historic Columbia River Highway, this small two-tiered waterfall is easy to reach. Make sure to check out the romantic messages carved into the handrails of the viewpoint.
Munson Creek Falls: Whoa! This is the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range — tumbling 319 feet over several tiers. A small trail winds along the Munson Creek through an old-growth forest to find the base of the fall.
Multnomah Falls: You can tour the waterfalls that make up the Columbia River Gorge by car or on foot, but you won’t have the full-on spectacular experience unless you do both. Whatever you do, make sure to save time to see Multnomah Falls. It is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest and more than 2 million visitors come each year to take in its view. Tip from the local innkeepers that know: visit early morning, late afternoon and midweek to beat the crowds
Which Oregon waterfalls would you like to visit? Ask our waterfall expert innkeeper which inn is closet to your choice or how we can create an itinerary to visit more than one.
POPULAR QUESTIONS ABOUT OREGON WATERFALLS
What is the largest waterfall in Oregon?
Multnomah Falls is the largest waterfall in Oregon. More specifically, it’s the tallest waterfall in Oregon, measuring 611-ft.
How many waterfalls are there in Oregon?
There are at least 238 waterfalls in the state of Oregon. The Northwest Waterfalls Survey estimates more than 1,000.
How many waterfalls are in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon?
There are a total of 17 waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. In fact, the Trail of Ten Falls loop will take you above, around, and even behind 4 of the 10 waterfalls.
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