A hidden gem in the dense coastal forests of southwest Oregon, Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area may be hard to find, but it's well worth the 24-mile drive from Highway 101. The small parking and picnic area are located along the banks of Glenn and Silver Creeks and is shaded by large maple, alder, and Oregon myrtle trees. Hiking trails wind through scenic canyons to each of the waterfalls -- they plunge over sheer rock cliffs to moss covered boulders 100 feet below. Hike to the top of Golden Falls to get an eagle's-eye view of the cascading waterfall and giant old-growth firs and cedars.

hiking
21 days ago

The hike to Silver falls (left from trailhead) was great! Short and relatively easy hike once you make the windy drive. I kept our two year old in the pack with all of the climbing over boulders and slippery rock once you get to the falls. Beautiful!

Road out to the hike gets to one lane and is gravel and dusty, have to watch out for other drivers. Parking lot fits maybe 10 cars and there are picnic benches and toilets (though when we went the bathrooms were beyond filthy and doors didn't lock). Going right as you enter the upper falls hike (after the bridge) will take you to the base of the upper falls after a short easy walk, but you have to cross/climb some rocks and the stream to get a good look. Going left at the trail head is the longer actual hike to see the other falls that you can get right next too, thing it heads back to the top of the other falls. Beware this one takes you on a very high cliff face by these falls. I'd be questionable on that part being kid friendly. But the falls were worth it!

Glad the road is open again to the trail head. Golden Fall (to the right as entering) is very easy, flat, and not long. Small kids and your grand parents will like this one. Silver Falls to the left is longer and trail is steeper. All the right time of year, the water volume is very impressive and exciting. These are our "go to" hikes for out of down visitors in the Coos Bay vicinity.

Fun hike with my nine-year-old.
You no longer have to hike the road--it's a V-shaped hike instead of a Y
We hiked the upper Golden Falls trail. This is by far the best hike. It continues well past the top of the falls, though the trail peters out occasionally. Looks like
It follows a pioneer road after a while.
Anyone know?

The road is now open all the way to the trailhead. Spectacular views of two large waterfalls. There is a lot to see along the trail--native plants, small wildlife, creek views, etc. With several trail options of varying lengths a picnic area and a vault toilet at the trailhead, I felt this was a great family outing for all ages.

Parents with young children should be aware there are cliffs at the end of the upper trail. The trail itself is relatively wide at that point so you should be fine if they stay close. Our little ones (5 and 3) did well and enjoyed the view immensely but I would not recommend attempting that portion of the trail with unruly young daredevils.

UPDATE FROM PREVIOUS POSTS --- the road is now open all the way to the trailhead. The concrete barriers 1.5 miles from trailhead are gone. The potholes in the road are fixed and it takes you to Golden and Silver State Park very near the falls. Picnic tables, fairly clean outhouse, and plenty of parking. This is no longer a 4.2 mile out and back, unless you want to walk on a gravel road instead of drive. At trailhead, about half mile or less to Silver Falls (the more spectacular of the two), and about one third mile to Golden Falls. Very easy hike suitable for kids and elder. Great scenery including old growth trees.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery and well worth the trip. Easy to hike even with higher altitude.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely hike! And laughing at Bill Jones who turned around because he misread the 1.5 mile sign for 15 miles...

Beautiful, easy hike in, great for a picnic with the family!

We went in late March. It's has been a wet winter, so the trails were pretty muddy, wear shoes/boots that can get wet.
Two separate trails lead out from the small parking lot. The one on the left goes to Silver Falls, and the right side leads over a small bridge and goes to Golden Falls.
We only went to the bottom of both, but a separate trails leads to the top of Golden. To get to the top, take the left fork after you cross the footbridge near the parking lot.
Both Golden and Silver Falls trails are very easy and pretty short. For Golden Falls the trail ends at boulders that you can crawl over to get a better view. I liked the view towards the right, nearer the creek.
Silver Falls trail is more up hill, but nothing too hard. There was so much water coming over the Falls that we couldn't get all the way to the bottom without getting soaked, but the view is still spectacular.
Having seen photos of what the Falls look like in the summer, I'd highly recommend going in Spring. No comparison. The roar from the huge amount of water cascading over the top is amazing in itself. Golden Falls, along with the beautiful stream rushing by you at the bottom, is truly breathtaking.
Well worth the trip out of Coos Bay to see them. The only bad thing I can think of is the toilets near the parking lot. VERY poorly maintained. Broken seats, filthy, and the doors won't even close. Gross to even go in them.

6 months ago

Amazing beautiful hike! Well worth the drive!

hiking
8 months ago

The All Trail App is WRONG on where the trail starts. The sign says to drive another 15 MILES & that's down a 1 lane pothole riddled road. Since I was in an RV, I had to turn around.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's a great trail. A lot of history on this old road/hike trail. Short distance but great viewing of both falls. It's even great for dogs and small children if closely watched due to the abrupt drop off edges of the trail. I would rate it a 4 or 5 if they would fix the main road to the trail head.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Some tips regarding access and trail directions for these wonderful hikes; First, the actual road closure is not at the parking lot / sign; you can keep going by car (thru concrete barriers) and roughly cut in half your hike in to the trail head (bringing it to approx just under a mile); parking to the side of the road there is possible, if there are not more than a handful of cars. Second, the trail directions on the board at the head indicate two options for the Golden Falls; lower and upper (see photo other review), however, immediately after the bridge at the start of the trail there is a split without any indication as to which is what. Take the right for the lower (short) to the bottom of the fall; and be prepared for a little moderate climbing at the fall to get a good view (the extent depends on your gusto). Other than that the trails are 15 to 20 mins round trip, and easy. Watch for banana slugs crossing the trails, so as not to step on them. For the last 5-10 miles drive in; drive slow, approx 20 mph with a regular car, since the gravel road has many potholes, some pretty deep. Pickup or SUV is preferable, if you have a choice. Agree with others here, that it is a pity the park and access to it has been neglected, but is still very worth-wile (maybe even better due to its access restrictions, as it ensures a quiet experience).