Fall Creek National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Fall Creek National Recreation Trail is a 12.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fall Creek, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.2 miles
2011 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running







old growth

Easy hike along Fall Creek takes you to several swimming holes and an old Native American hunting cave. Begin near the Dolly Varden Campground, and follow the trail along Fall Creek the entire trip. It's very easy, and would be perfect for taking kids. If you bring your swimsuit there are many pools along the trail that you could stop for a swim. Keep on going to see the Slick Creek Cave, a shallow cave that Native Americans used to camp at while on hunting trips. Just make sure you cross the highway and go left to catch the trail on the north side of the creek.

27 days ago

I hiked this trail on Easter. Was planning the 12 miles, but when trail "ended" at bridge, I was unsure where to continue for the remainder. Gorgeous trail, muddy and some fun agility for my lab and I with the downed trees. Lots of great swimming holes for cooling off. Absolutely will go again!

28 days ago

Early spring is a fantastic time to enjoy all the wild flowers, just watch out for the skunk cabbage!

1 month ago

A favorite of mine but do expect sticky mud and fallen trees blocking the trail!

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful setting! Brought my 12 and 7 year old daughters and they did great. We wanted to make it to the top but they were done by the 5th mile. Bring kids that are good hikers and comfortable with long distances. I definitely recommend this trail to all who love to hike along the water!

3 months ago

4 months ago

This was a beautiful hike but there are a bunch of trees down in the trail and also about 1.6 miles it it has an abrupt end. Looks like a bunch of trees down and mud slide. I would love to go back when the trail is open all the way to the end.

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9 months ago

One of my first hikes after having had a brain injury. The injury caused problems with balance for awhile. It was fun, beautiful, and totally managable. We also brought our 3 year old for her first hike. She especially enjoyed playing in the waterfall at the end. There were a few places that made me nervous because they were kind of narrow, rockie, and rootie. :) All in all it was a wonderful walk especially for a first time hiker!

10 months ago

Trail is a little narrow and Ricky. Burnt forest about 3 miles in. Over all had fun, would hike the trail again.

10 months ago

Nice for a summer hike with dogs. The trail runs beside the river much of the way so if you wanted to you could have quite a few spots to choose from to take a dip. A lot of roots n rocks in the trail so not best for trail running. Overall nice though.

11 months ago

11 months ago

Beautiful scenery, cold but amazing creek with high banks. Crystal clear water and tall trees all around. Cool camp spot I'll definitely be going here again.

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