Benham Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sunriver, Oregon 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.

1.5 miles
42 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


1 month ago

Really gorgeous views of the river while heading to the falls, especially when combined with the colors of autumn.
It was an easy hike so poles aren't really needed.
I'd never seen a falls where it does a 90 degree turn - Loved it.

3 months ago

Pretty walk under trees and along the river (try your luck with poles and rodes with artificial lures). *There is another parking lot closer to the falls.

Falls are more what I consider class 4 - 5 rapids. I was a bit disappointed. It was also hard to find a good place to take pictures.

3 months ago

This is a fantastic 3mile round trip hike. It is beautiful all along the trail and you are rewarded with several spots to view the fabulous deschutes rapids. If you are hiking, be mindful of mountain bikers on the trail, as this is a popular spot for biking as well.

The trail is easy walking and there is a pit stop right before heading towards the falls. Perfect for a break or a spot to eat lunch or a snack.

Enjoy this amazing hike and all the beauty Central Oregon has to offer.

4 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail. Nicely groomed. A few too many mosquitoes. Love that you can get there from Sunriver.

5 months ago

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass. Passes are available at this site, but can also be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Acceptable passes include:
$5 Day Pass
Northwest Forest Pass
Interagency Annual Pass
Interagency Senior Pass (America the Beautiful, Golden Age)
Interagency Access Pass
Interagency Military Pass
Every Kid in a Park Pass
Northwest Forest ePass"

5 months ago

Easy out and back to beautiful fast flowing rapids (falls). Got too late of a start to go any further.

5 months ago

Nice walk. The trail needs to be marked better. Don’t leave main trail by taking trail along river as it ends suddenly.Learned the hard way. Surprised there is not much traffic on the trail from Sunriver. River views are awesome. .

9 months ago

Beautiful hike... Very easy

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Great morning trail for walking, running and strolling. The falls were running nicely and provided great pictures and sound.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Beautiful hike!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

easy hike with beautiful views

Saturday, August 26, 2017

This was a great flat hike. As others have said it is busy, so if you are looking for quiet alone time this is not the hike for you. My kids did great, loved the bridge (ages 11 and 3). Next time I think we will take our bikes.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

nice river trail and the falls are good. Can be crowded with lots of bikers.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Loved it! Beautiful!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Perfect quick easy hike with amazing views. If you don't have all day to spend hiking but still want an outdoorsy Oregon experience this is the trail for you. Raging waters, beautiful flowers and wildlife all around. We loved it

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great hike. We wanted a shorter easier hike and we got it. It was dry and flat unless you walked closer to the water. The water is flowing very swiftly. It is a wonderful view of the falls. We went on a Saturday so it was moderately busy. The trail is very family friendly.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The falls where very pretty! Nice flat hike. Perfect for our evening walk.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

great home with beautiful views and timely breaks for restroom use.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

super easy and family friendly. great short walk after a bike ride.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This is a beautiful easy day hike.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Gorgeous place.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Good. Easy for grandma and the small dog.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

The walk to Benham Falls from the small parking lot is very easy. We did it with a toddler in a backpack and two children who are 8 and 10.

There are others using the wide trail and I didn't find it bothersome or too many people, but we went during the middle of the week on an overcast day. There are dogs who are off leash and I'm not sure what the laws are in Sunriver about dogs off leash, but it's something to be aware of if you like to hike with your dogs.

As you get nearer and nearer to the falls, you begin to hear them through the trees. Nothing, and I do mean nothing, can prepare you for what you are about to see.

While they aren't your typical "falls" (more like rapids), the sheer power of this bend in the Deschutes, will take your breath away.

One word of warning: you can stand right on the edge of the rapids that make Benham Falls. I would highly encourage you to keep a close eye on your children here. There is a very high likelihood that if someone were to fall in here, they would die.

Saturday, May 07, 2016


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Relaxing, calming hike next to a river. Forest hikers and runners abound.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A must for insect repellent and they eat thru Clothes but loved the hike

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Great hike easy and great views. Lots of mt bikers, my dog love the trail but Duke thinks there more River access, think the miles maybe off longer than it says

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Easy out-and-back day hike, with one mile, three mile and several longer options, should you decide to make it a longer hike. Beautiful scenery the entire way, including lava flows, forests, and of course waterfalls!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Great space to walk in. Is quite popular and can be a bit crowded. The falls are quite nice. Very relaxing. Good place for hikers of all ages. When we were there, a bus load of "mature" hikers came out. We spoke to them for a while and they were loving being out for a bit of exercise.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Very buggy $5 fee for day use

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