Explore the most popular trails in Salmon River State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

great day, good people. saw 7 to 75 year old on gorge trail. Bring sticks after a rain.

Trail was a bit muddy in places, but nothing too overwhelming. Over all was a decent hike. Parking lot was mostly full when I arrived, although I managed to find a spot to squeeze my little truck into. Seems like this trail is a popular place to visit. Great views of the falls in places too.

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1 month ago

I went after rain so parts past the falls were very muddy though I don’t mind in the least getting dirty! The gorge trail is VERY steep and some loose gravel so I did not go all the way down there. The hike past into the woods was as I said, muddy and VERY buggy. I did not go the whole way as a result of bugs! I’ve started using lavender infused oil as my repellent and works better than purchased sprays (like I used on this trail...the lavender has been INCREDIBLY effective!) Overall this was a beautiful trip, little rain when I was finishing. Definitely want to go back!

Nice trail little muddy but there were just to many people to enjoy yourself.

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2 months ago

Lovely trail, but I’ll need better shoes to do the gorge trail to the bottom. It looked washed out, and one of the cables have snapped that helps you down. I’ll want to go with a group of friends just in case. I just kept imagining I’d slip on one of the wet rocks and barrel roll the rest of the way down the cliff side. Coulda been a bad time... lol

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2 months ago

Its beautiful, you can hike right down to the base of the water falls and on top!

nice walk to the falls .

Very beautiful, we went last weekend but still lots of ice and snow. Bit muddy for dogs Part of the trails is packed with snow.

I want to start by saying that this walk looked absolutely beautiful; however, I was not familiar with this area and brought my very active toddler on the walk and we had to turn around very early on for safety reasons. The path has a steep cliff for a majority of the walk and the guard rail is too tall to be effective for any super active little kiddos. Again, I would 100% come back another time but grandma and grandpa will most likely have to watch the little one.

I find this a Beautiful spot to visit as it's relatively close. The trails past the falls get pretty muddy pretty fast. I recommend good hiking boots and big spray.

busy in the summer. you can get to top and bottom of falls, it's a nice spot.

walking
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

A short hike (.2 mile) walk on a wheelchair/stroller accessible trail will take you to a couple of overlooks. The gorge trail (a very steep side trail) will take you down to the riverbed, for a look at the base of the falls. The area around the falls is restricted; meaning the you are not permitted to get up close to either the top or bottom. What you can see is still worth the short hike. You can continue on the river trail beyond the falls. We attempted this but found the trail too wet and too buggy. We turned back after about a 1/2 mike. Ample parking, no bathrooms.

hiked the lower then upper. the lower was difficult with my knee, but I climbed back to knees all fours. the upper lead us through some twists, turns and mud but it was gorgeous.

Nice trail to falls top and steep trail to bottom. We took the long trail that just follows the river up to dam. Can be muddy and not much to see.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Great easy hike, steps a tad steep for the little ones.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Salmon River Falls is a beautiful peaceful (yet loud) place to visit. Short and easy trail to the falls. Spectacular in the summertime and wintertime.

Great trail. Variety of terrain. Not so complicated that my five year old couldn't conquer without some assistance. Bring bug repellent!!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

awesome family place to go, has some steap parts but if you keep the kids close it's fairly safe. the river has small fish, tad poles , cray fish and many more cool creates my son loved to fine.

love coming here with my kids, we just do the top trails but they always enjoy themselves.

great place to go on a hot day!

Beautiful waterfall with a few trails to choose from. Brought the kids (5&9) and the dog, all managed fine with a bit of mud for memories. We will be back to explore the other trails around the falls.

Lovely easy hike. Huge steps to the bottom of the falls. Took the legion of doom (8,6,5,3 year olds) and they were able to navigate the steps down to the base. Lots of fun critters (snakes, fish, frogs). Was busy but a good quick walk out. Will do again!

nice easy trail, took my 2 & 4 year old boys. Great view of the falls either trail you take.

walking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

I've been coming out here for about 5 years now. It's a great quick stop with incredible views. If you're short on time, but want great views to take countless pictures of, then this is it. There's a rim trail and a gorge trail (which is usually closed during the winter months). The rim trail is accessible throughout the year... we've been in all seasons. The falls are beautiful and tall. They look phenomenal in any season. The gorge trail takes you right to the bottom of the falls. There's no swimming signs posted, but people regularly swim there. We were able to swim out and jump into the water from directly behind the falls. It was really fun. The rim trail leads to a stairway that takes you right down to the Salmon River at the top of the falls. There's plenty of flat rock that you can walk on. Be very careful at the top because there are no railings or barriers. You can walk right to the edge of the falls. The trail itself is easily accessible for kids and dogs. There's virtually no incline (unless you follow the gorge trail) except for the stairway to the river. There's also a couple of lookouts along the rim trail. I gave this 5 stars because of the sheer beauty and freedom to roam. It never gets old.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

This is a nice short walk. Falls are just down from the parking area and easy to get to. Definitely worth a stop.

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

it was a decent hike and the falls was one of the nicest ones I have been to locally

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