Winter (Wildlife) Wonderland

Winter has officially arrived at here at Silver Falls with a 2″ blanket of snow and subfreezing temperatures. The waterfalls and South Falls Historic District look especially enchanting in the snow.

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South Falls

 

Looking down from the top of South Falls

Looking down from the top of South Falls

 

The fresh snow also presents a wonderful opportunity to observe wildlife tracks. Many tracks can be found throughout the park, but here are some highlights. Can you guess what they are? Click the link below each track to find out who left it!

 

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Hint: I love to get into trash cans! Who am I?

 

Hint: I'm one of the most common forest birds

Hint: I’m one of the most common forest birds Who am I?

 

 

Hint: I often store food in my cheek pouches

Hint: I often store food in my cheek pouches Who am I?

 

Hint: I have antlers!

Hint: I have antlers! Who am I?

 

Hint: I'm an extremely adaptable canine

Hint: I’m an extremely adaptable canine Who am I?

 

Hint: Notice there are no claws on this track. They're retractable!

Hint: Notice there are no claws on this track. They’re retractable! Who am I?

We welcome all visitors to enjoy the park in winter, but remember to be prepared for cold and icy conditions!

Christmas Festival Event Guide

It’s almost time for the 39th Annual Christmas Festival! Below is the guide for the event activities, which will take place Saturday, December 10th from 11 am to 4 pm in the South Falls Historic District.

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With this week’s winter weather, we are watching the forecast closely. Check up on the park’s weather forecast here or call the park at (503) 874-0201 to check on conditions.

Join us for the Silver Falls Christmas Festival!

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Join us Saturday, December 10 for the 39th Annual Silver Falls Christmas Festival! Please note that this year’s event is one day only. A more detailed schedule for the festival will be posted here at a later date, so be sure to check for updates!

October Guided Hikes

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Changing of the Seasons

Here at Silver Falls State Park, we get a lot of rain – an average of 80 inches each year, actually – but very little of that falls in the summer months. The rains have returned now, though, and often have a dramatic effect on the stream flow and size of the waterfalls. In the photos below, you can see the change that can happen to South Falls in one short day – the photo on the left was taken Saturday, September 17 and the photo on the right was taken Sunday, September 18th.

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The waterfalls will continue to grow in size as the autumn rains return. Another change beginning to occur is the changing of the leaves. The vine maples are just starting to turn their autumn hues of yellow, orange, and red – the most striking of which are located on the forest edges, like the one pictured below.

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Fall is a great time to visit Silver Falls. Join us for one of our guided hikes (listed here under Weekly Schedules) or just to revel in the beauty of the changing of the seasons!

Weekly Schedule: September 19-30

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Weekly Schedule: September 4-18

September 4-18 BLOG

Weekly Schedule: August 29-September 4

August 29-September 4 Program Flyer BLOG

Weekly Schedule: August 21-28

August 21-28 Program Flyer BLOG

Silver Falls Star Party is coming!

Join us Saturday, August 27th, for our 12th annual Silver Falls Star Party! The event will be held from 9 pm to midnight and will feature telescopes hosted by astronomers from Salem’s Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club. Bring a blanket and warm clothes for an evening of stargazing!

The event is free, but visitors must purchase a $5 day-use parking permit.

We hope to see you there!Silver Falls 12th Annual Star Party Flyer 2