North Santiam State Park plays host to some of the most beautiful riverfront in the area. It is one of the finest steelhead fishing spots on the North Santiam River. North Santiam State Park is a primitive campground and day-use area with drinking fountain and restroom facilities. Picnic tables dot the grass, making North Santiam State Park a great place to stop to stretch and eat a picnic lunch. Hiking trails show the beauty of the large old-growth trees and the river.

13 hours ago

Very few people on a beautiful fall Monday morning. Both falls were nice even though there was not much water at this time of year.

hiking
11 days ago

Fun and easily marked trail to run on and a bonus with Shellburg Falls to be able to run behind it!

hiking
25 days ago

Awesome waterfalls, comparable to Silver Falls ( it's apart of the same drainage) especially in the spring! Lots of different trails to make different loops. Fun for the day and to keep your hiking legs in shape and close to town if you're in the Salem area. Only downside is the gravel road sections, but hell if that's all there is to complain about this trail I'd say you'll be ok... I come back here time and time again when a quick escape is needed.

Aside from the 1.5 miles to the falls I've been walking on service roads and paths around a camp ground. Let me not forget to mention the road through someone's cattle ranch that chokes of manure. After talking to a worker I learned that really all of the "trails" people have logged are service roads so I opted out of doing the full gravel road loop. There are a few trails cutting across the service roads but mostly seem like things to do if you're a kind d camping. This was disappointing.
It should really just be listed as a walk to the falls and completely leave out the service road trails. I mean unless you're from the area and it's just the only option over a treadmill. Don't get me wrong, the one falls is pretty, the other one coming out from under the road is kind me of killed because it comes out from under the road. Certainly wasn't worth the drive from Portland.