Fall Creek National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Fall Creek National Recreation Trail is a 12.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fall Creek, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.2 miles 2013 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running







old growth

Easy hike along Fall Creek takes you to several swimming holes and an old Native American hunting cave. Begin near the Dolly Varden Campground, and follow the trail along Fall Creek the entire trip. It's very easy, and would be perfect for taking kids. If you bring your swimsuit there are many pools along the trail that you could stop for a swim. Keep on going to see the Slick Creek Cave, a shallow cave that Native Americans used to camp at while on hunting trips. Just make sure you cross the highway and go left to catch the trail on the north side of the creek.

2 months ago

One of my first hikes after having had a brain injury. The injury caused problems with balance for awhile. It was fun, beautiful, and totally managable. We also brought our 3 year old for her first hike. She especially enjoyed playing in the waterfall at the end. There were a few places that made me nervous because they were kind of narrow, rockie, and rootie. :) All in all it was a wonderful walk especially for a first time hiker!

3 months ago

Trail is a little narrow and Ricky. Burnt forest about 3 miles in. Over all had fun, would hike the trail again.

4 months ago

Nice for a summer hike with dogs. The trail runs beside the river much of the way so if you wanted to you could have quite a few spots to choose from to take a dip. A lot of roots n rocks in the trail so not best for trail running. Overall nice though.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful scenery, cold but amazing creek with high banks. Crystal clear water and tall trees all around. Cool camp spot I'll definitely be going here again.

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1 year ago

very nice hike for dog and i.we left from across road and hiked a couple miles found some nice pools in the creek.But flow is very low and not much flow in creek.Very peaceful hike in old forest planning on doing more later date.nice hike.

1 year ago

A rather "typical" creek-side trail, globally not very strenuous (for the section I hiked between Dolly Varden CG and the hill above Bedrock CG)... but not so easy either with mud/rocks/roots and the classic short ups and downs to follow contour of natural obstacles along the creek.

The first 3.5 miles were shady (walk through old growth) while the next 2.5 to Bedrock were more exposed but also more level/easy with good views of Fall Creek. Bedrock is a good place to pause for lunch/snacks (especially when the camp is totally empty as it was for me)

The climb of the hill above bedrock uses medium size switchbacks making the climb longer but not as hard as a more direct route would.

1 year ago

This was a wonderful hike. We only hiked to where the trail meets up with road 18 so it was a 7 mile round trip. There are 9 foot bridges along the trail. You hike along Fall Creek almost the entire time. Hiking through the old forest fire area was extraordinary. We plan on going up and doing other parts of this hike soon.

4 years ago

From TH at Dolly Varden CG to end of trail (junction of 18 & 1833) and back. Trail is divided in three sections, Lower, Middle, Upper. Division are where trail crosses road 18. Lower and Upper are flat. Middle has some elevation gain before returning to the creek. Middle section also part of a large forest fire. Lower and Upper sections are forest while the Middle section gets above the trees for nice views. Expect lots of company on the trail for the first 3 miles.