Benham Falls Trail

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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


3 months ago

Beautiful hike... Very easy

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Beautiful hike!

7 months ago

easy hike with beautiful views

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Loved it! Beautiful!

9 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

Sunday, June 15, 2014

One of my favorites! Great views of the river. Nice variety in plants, terrain and birds.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Part of the Deschutes River Trail. Good for everyone. Beautiful and close to town.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Great hike for all types of walkers. I've done it in the middle of summer--watch out for the speeding bike riders; we almost got a front tire in the chest because a rider was flying around a corner! Other than the inconsiderate cyclists and the dog poop along the trail, it's great!
Just completed a wonderful trek April 4th, 2013 and met only a handful of hikers and two cyclists and one dog-still a lot of dog poop. So sad they don't clean up after their animals.
We were walking at leisurely pace, stopped to have lunch at the eddy. My pedometer said we hiked a total of 5.75 miles when we returned to the Benham Falls boat take-out parking lot.
At our leasurely pace and the lunch break we took, our hike was a little over 2 hours. We headed back because of rain.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wonderful addition to our Sun River trip. Very scenic hike and some of it can be done on a mountain bike, then we parked and walked up to the top of the falls. Your quite high up and its very pretty to look down and catch some pictures.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hiked from Benham Falls to Dillon Falls. Amazing variety of wildflowers and beautiful section of the Deschutes

Sunday, June 17, 2012

If you enjoy a little less "crowd"/ activity on the trail the best time to go is in the "off-season" when dogs can be off lead and when it is getting colder and school is back in session simply because it is a very well traveled place in the spring and summer. Great trail to do anytime, but especially nice in the off season.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Easy hike..very popular...beautiful view of the falls.

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