Fern Falls Trail

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Fern Falls Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idleyld Park, 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: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 547 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching






wild flowers


The first section of the North Umpqua River Trail to Fern falls. The trail winds along the south bank of the North Umpqua River trail through old-growth forests of Douglas-fir, hemlock, and sugar pine, with trees often over six feet in diameter.

15 days ago

The start of the North Umpqua Trail and great hike for the dog and I. Tree down before you get to Fern Falls.

4 months ago

Wished I’d taken my poles. Up & down. Beautiful fall hike.

Walked 3.3 miles in and had lunch on the south bank of the river. Moderately up and down. Mostly shaded, but a few stretches where fire had opened up the tree canopy. Lots of wild berries to eat along the way. The trail goes on for 70+ more miles.

8 months ago

Many ups and downs. Falls are nothing exciting. Hard to pass in a few spots. Decent workout!

9 months ago

What a beautiful day! great hike! Big thank you shout out to all the ones that helped make it a trail again after the snowmagedon! It was an obstacle course fun, but unstable before the clean up!

Wed Jan 02 2019

Cold weather made this hike a little icy but otherwise beautiful and quiet. The trail was well marked.

Sun Sep 16 2018

Nice easy little hike!

Sun Jul 08 2018

Peaceful easy hike. Great growth and shade at the start and new growth after last years fire towards the falls. Easy access and soft trail.

Sun Jul 01 2018

We wanted a nice easy hike for my fiancé, our dog and I, and we got it! The trail was very clean and open, and although we didn't quite make it to Fern Falls, Deadline Falls was quite beautiful! The thing that stopped us was the poison oak on the trails since we were worried about our dog trying to get into it. Other than that, we can't wait to come back, maybe this time minus the dog.

Tue Apr 24 2018

Beautiful, albeit a little buggy.

Mon Mar 19 2018

Great trail! unfortunately went in August so the falls was just a trickle. So if you're hiking for the falls, you'll be disappointed! They are very small in comparison to the beauties further north on Hwy. 138!

Mon Jan 08 2018

Ok old growth trees

Fri May 19 2017

Easy and fun. Wide, groomed trail for about 2.5 miles. Nice variety of scenery.

Mon Jun 20 2016

Well maintained and beautiful!

Fri Mar 04 2016

Beautiful trail!

Fri Mar 04 2016

It is the start of the North Umpqua trail. Turn at Swiftwater and you can park on either side of the river. There is a parking lot at either spot. Beautiful spot on the river and the first mile is nice but then the trail is closed from mile 1-3 which is where the falls are located. The "cable crossing" fire of the summer '15 has lead to closure of the trail, see the picture. You can continue but I did not. I do not know much else. Poor rating is based only on closure of this part.

Wed Aug 12 2015

Easily accessible trial through beautiful old growth forrest. The falls are very small.

Sat May 30 2015

Very beautiful, well maintained trail. There were more ferns than water at the water fall. It was still really super pretty though :)

Sun May 25 2014

Beautiful trail. The falls were a bit disappointing but the hike itself was great. It was a little busy, lots of hikers and a fee mountain bikers but that's probably because it's a holiday weekend. The path was nicely maintained.

Mon Jun 03 2013

The starting point for this hike begins at the trailhead for the 87 mile long North Umpqua River Trail. The trailhead is located at the Swiftwater recreation area, 22 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon on highway 138. Cross the bridge once exiting into the recreation area and take the next left into the parking lot. There are bathrooms at the trailhead and signage describing the trail. Fern Falls is 1.75 miles in on the North Umpqua River Trail. The falls were a bit anticlimactic as I was expecting a larger falls, but they were beautiful nonetheless. The hike in was very nice taking you through old growth forest on a well maintained trail. THere are plenty of ferns, moss covered tree branches and flowers to look at. We encountered a few runners and mountain bikers as the trail is that smooth and clean.

Sat Feb 02 2013

Driving directions are incorrect, did not lead to the trailhead.

Fri Feb 17 2012

Easy hike, great old growth forest, wonderful view of the North Umpqua.

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