Explore the most popular trails in Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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15 days ago

Couldn’t find with two attempts. Anyone got directions?

To drive alone is worth it!

Silver falls was super quick and easily accessible! There are stumps that take you across the creek to the Golden falls trail, take the left side of the fork to get to the top of the falls and right towards the bottom. However if you aren’t fond of bees, climbing the rocks at the bottom of Golden falls isn’t the most fun!

Beautiful falls....easy hike. Definitely worth the drive in!

Easy trail. Both falls are beautiful. It’s worth the hike.

Wonderful trail, wonderful area, and great waterfalls. We are the only one at the waterfalls and they are stunning.

I would recommend Silver Falls as a dog friendly trail, however Golden Falls isn’t. Very rocky hike in. Both are absolutely breathtaking. The drive out is a huge part of the adventure. Beware of the one lane gravel road.

Beautiful falls! The bridge is out but easily crossable with logs in stream. Road was accessible in my Prius, just drove around the potholes! Make sure you follow the signs to get there and not GPS.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

First follow the signs not your map app. Silver falls can be seen from either the silver falls trail approx 1500 ft or the upper golden falls trail. The lower golden falls trail currently ends in a boulder scramble not appropriate for my dog with short legs. The trail is still signed closed. But log rounds have been placed to cross creek. Fair amount of traffic for a random Tuesday in early June.

Enjoyed the Gorgeous Falls... hike was great!

Both falls are gorgeous and impressive! Short trails with big views. Road was fairly easy to follow. I drove my Honda Accord the entire way.. just drove around pot holes. : )

The trail to the golden falls is "closed" and therefore has downed trees but they are easy to go over/under. it was fairly popular with many families when I went. Basic bathroom/latreen at the trail head. the drive to/from is beautiful too!

This is a short but very beautiful hike. Worth the drive. The road is bumpy and narrow but you should be able to get there in a car. The trail to to right as you drive into the picnic area/trailhead has a trail closed sign. It's not closed. There are a couple of downed trees but it is easy to go over/under. The falls are beautiful.

Beautiful Hike! Breathtaking waterfalls, easy hike too! The drive there requires a truck or SUV with the gravel roads, would be hard on a regular car. Picnic tables, bathrooms, def a must see in this area.

Wonderful place for a short hike! Picturesque

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muddy
6 months ago

My girlfriends been talking about this spot for a few months, and she finally got to take me on Easter while the weather was nice. We did the lower walk to Silver Falls and I instantly was in awe. The walk is super nice and pretty quick. There was a few really muddy spots near the end however, I even manage to slip while being distracted by the falls. Would definite recommend it to anyone if you have the time and the weather is nice.

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muddy
scramble
6 months ago

The drive from Coos Bay to the trailhead is about one hour. The whole drive is through beautiful landscape that changes from an open river valley to dense and lush forest. The last few miles are on a steep road that finally ends in a one lane gravel road with many small to medium sized pot holes. Once at the trailhead, there are three s parate trails: a short trail going to the bottom of Silver Falls starts on an easy former pack road that was also build out for use by cars in the early 20th Century. The original path was build out with a bridge over Silver Creek at the bottom of Silver Falls and followed the steep and rocky hillside to the top of Golden Falls. The bridge is gone and the trail now ends at the bottom of Silver Falls. The last part of the trail is a very narrow single track just above the creek. Fallen trees block the access to the fall. This trail is short and the out and back hike with my 30-month-old daughter took maybe 20 minutes. The forest is dense and lush, the air clear, and the waterfall and creek provide background sounds. Many birds can be heard chirping and the overall experience is calming. The last, narrow single-track part of the trail should be approached carefully because it can be muddy and the trail is close to the edge high above Silver Creek.

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muddy
7 months ago

Nice, easy, short, and gorgeous hike. If you find a day with nice weather then this hike will be very rewarding. Be careful thought because it can get very muddy.

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bridge out
muddy
7 months ago

Beautiful! The bridge from the parking area to the Golden Falls trailhead is gone. There are some logs you can cross on and right now the water is only about calf-deep. Saw chocolate lilies blooming along the upper Golden Falls trailhead near the waterfall. Lots of mud near Silver Falls and there were some downed trees across the lower Golden Falls trail.

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muddy
8 months ago

a top 5 falls for me. very beautiful. I will take others there again.

Beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trails to the bottom of both spectacular falls! The trail to the top of Golden Falls is an easy incline and the views from the top are definitely worth the hike. Overall, stunning scenery.

Beautiful views!

Beautiful, but becoming dangerous. As someone who’s gone there for years, the scene has changed drastically. Rocks are constantly falling. I was nearly hit twice on my last trip there, very scary.

Beautiful! Nice, short and easy hike.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hike in a rain forest? This is it, sans the creepy, crunchy biting critters that live in the Amazon! The trail is winding, slightly up hill but easy, well kept. The falls at the end of the hike offer a refreshing dip to cool off! Spring time is when falls are most powerful!

Absolutely worth the drive! Very remote, it was wonderful to be alone in the woods with 2 stunning waterfalls. Pack a picnic and enjoy on a Boulder below the falls.

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