Drift Creek Falls Trail

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Drift Creek Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cutler City, 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.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Flanked by ferns, alder trees and vine maple, Drift Creek Trail winds through the rain-drenched Siuslaw National Forest. The highlight of the trail is a 240-foot long cable suspension bridge. Anchored by cables and ties that are cemented into opposing bluffs, the bridge holds over a hundred fifty thousand pounds. While the bridge does offer a bit of a bounce, the thirty-inch wide tread is perfectly safe and the bird’s-eye view will leave you spellbound. As does Drift Creek Falls, a 65-foot freefall, whopper of a waterfall that’s located immediately below you. $5 fee to park.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

I went in March and it was very muddy. Many people, but nothing too overwhelming. The bridge was awesome and the falls were very beautiful. A very fun little hike to do while at the coast!

hiking
10 days ago

There were a lot of families on Drift Creek Trail, so I peeled off in a spot marked with the number 3 - ended up being North Loop that took me back to Drift Creek Trail. The suspension bridge was pretty cool, and the fall was breathtakingly beautiful. I was too tired and sore from the rest of the days adventure to do any of the back trails, but look forward to coming back out again!

hiking
12 days ago

12 days ago

The hike itself is fairly easy- just a lot of roots during parts of the trail to walk over. The bridge was outstanding, as is the waterfall. There is a section on the trail that splits left and right, (the left goes up and is a smaller path) you want to stick to the right to go down to the waterfall and bridge!

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful short hike through the Coastal range to an awesome waterfall, suspension bridge, and creek. Very fun!!!

14 days ago

Very cool hike. My 10 and 13 year old daughters easily hiked it with us. Forest was lush green and the prize at the end (suspended bridge and waterfall) was amazing. It was much hotter than we anticipated coming in from Depoe Bay. Weather was 64 at the bay but 84 and humid at the trail. Definitely worth it though.

hiking
16 days ago

Easy hike in and out! Grab a map at the pay station; tells you what each number market on the trail is about! Don't know why there were so many horse flies, so bring bug spray people! The hike was worth all the fly bites tho! At the end of the suspension bridge, as well as at the bottom of the trail (near the water), would be a great place for a picnic! No trash cans, so pack up what you pack in!

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Ideal trail for a day in nature!

hiking
24 days ago

25 days ago

Simple easy hike perfect to get the little kids started on and ease them into longer one. Loved the looks when the kids seen the bridge. The older one, scared of height ran across it yelling without stopping or looking down everytime (boy age 14...lol)

The road up is beautiful and well maintained. Lots of wild flowers in mid-July. The trail is pretty busy but has been maintained in spite of the heavy usage. The fall is beautiful and we plan to return in the spring when it's really full. The bridge is pretty cool. Overall a lovely way to spend a few hours. This trail is easy enough for most people to enjoy.

hiking
28 days ago

We read the reviews for this trail and it sounded great. Everyone kept complaining about the road up to the trail head, it is paved the whole way. There is a parking fee but the hike is wonderful.

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Nice trail, arrive early to avoid parking mayhem.

hiking
30 days ago

Loved the hike. The only thing that I didn't like were the people that ignore the sign to leash dogs. An older couple with 3 small off leash dogs could have caused a dog fight with my German Shepherd. Read the signs and follow the rules or don't hike with your dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trial! Be sure to veer left onto drift creek road or you end up on a gravel road. Great drive up just be patient and watch out for other cars. It's a skinny road. Beautiful hike! Enjoy

1 month ago

Awesome trail! Awesome waterfall! A little crowded but not bad.

hiking
1 month ago

easy beautiful trail. just trees for scenery until you reach the bridge. lots of people on the trail so I recommend going earlier in the day.