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McDowell Creek Falls Trail

EASY 80 reviews

McDowell Creek Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lebanon, OR that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles 288 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

Easy hike along McDowell Creek with lower and upper views of Royal Terrace Falls and Majestic Falls. Visitors to the crystal clear water of McDowell Creek will be rewarded with the beautiful vistas of Royal Terrace and Majestic Falls from the bridges and viewing decks along the hiking trails of this lush green park. The McDowell Creek Falls offer exceptional scenery with places to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. Some fishing and wading is available in the pools below the falls. The trail itself is easy, and great for families.

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11 days ago

Easy hike petty view

19 days ago

This is a favorite quick hike for our family. Not too difficult, but beautiful year round.

22 days ago

Beautiful hike. Well maintained trails.

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29 days ago

Today I hiked this place near Lebanon, Oregon and was little a disappointed with the Waterfall not having much water in it but that is to be expected, with it being damn near 95° degree weather here in the valley today.

Quite an uphill hike and not really recommend for beginners but more for the moderate type of hiker, but it was a nice and shady in some spots of this Trail.

hiking
29 days ago

I volunteer at this park to do repairs and help maintain the trails. The park is in a temperate rain forest and is very green and lush all year round. The lower parking area has several picnic tables, which are currently being upgraded and two new charcoal grills. The upper parking area has tables which are in good repair. This is a moderate hike which takes about 60 to 90 minutes. There are many scenics spots to stop and enjoy with several areas to enjoy the creek. For any hikers that have enjoyed Silver Falls State Park this is a miniature version. The only toilet is at the lower parking area and no water faucets are available so be sure and bring some.

1 month ago

Good family hike. Couple waterfalls to view. Took our 4 month old and was a breeze.

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1 month ago

Good family fun

2 months ago

Many trail options. Lots of wading pools for kids. Great spot!

2 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls and pet friendly

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great spot for a quick hike on a hot day. Lots of great shade with the well maintained trail following the creek. Nice views of two different waterfalls. Plenty of parking in three different lots. Also note, restrooms available at the trailhead.

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2 months ago

loved it...did get confused on the trail. Enjoyed the scenery. Not to many people on the trail being that I went kind of early.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

It was a lush trail filled with living sounds from the falls. The stairs were a workout but the rest was easy. Lots of places to stop and eat lunch by the water. I was glad to see a pit toilet and no charge for entrance or parking. It was a beautiful drive out there and just the right amount of people on the trail. The few small snakes almost got the best of me, so a hiking pole might serve several purposes. I will definitely go again.

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3 months ago

I took my 3 kids here (ages 10,6,3) and we had a great time. Very beautiful place and my kids enjoyed it without any complaints. Even with it being wet and some places muddy. Only issue we had was getting lost a little on the trails and having to look up the map. There are NO SIGNS once you are on the trail to give you directions. We did figure it out tho and each trail led us in the right direction(eventually). I highly recommend this trail especially for young kids.

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3 months ago

Gorgeously green with the peace-inducing running river and picturesque falls. Nice & easy. Fantastic!