Monthly Archives: February 2015

Salem speaks: ‘It’s Silver Creek Falls!’ – Statesman Journal

Statesman Journal Creek Road Sign

A Well-Loved, Special Place!

[…]”People who are attached to a place – and I mean deeply, intimately attached – put more stock in the name. When we see a hundred people take time in the middle of their Friday to talk about the name they use for Silver Falls, that’s a magnificent sign the park is important to them.

And to that, I say, ‘Hooray! Go play.'”

– Chris Havel, OPRD Spokesman, from the Statesman Journal, Feb 2, 2015

To read the full article please visit the Statesman Journal’s webpage:


Super Bowl Commercial Filmed at Silver Falls

Mercedes-Benz Commercial Fall 2014

[Silver Falls State Park filming location] “It just sings!”

If you visited Silver Falls State Park back in the Fall of 2014, you may have noticed some interesting happenings.  Hollywood visited our park once again and used your favorite state park as a backdrop for Mercedes-Benz’s Super Bowl Commercial called “Fable” – a modern interpretation of the classic “tortoise and the hare” fable.

Can you name the filming locations in Silver Falls?  Check out the link below for a YouTube Video of the making of “Fable”:

“Creek Long Dried Up in Silver Falls Name” Statesman Journal

Entrance sign 1939Where did the “creek” go in Silver [Creek] Falls State Park? 

Hint:  The creek is still here and still brings the water for our famous waterfalls but our state park’s name has a story to it!

Read the Statesman Journal’s article here:


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Silver Falls State Park

About Silver Falls

South Falls Picture Silver Falls State Park

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, just a short scenic drive from the Willamette Valley, is 9,000 acres of temperate rainforest waiting for you – to explore, play, or simply stop and recharge. Silver Falls State Park, Oregon’s largest State Park, is centrally located in Oregon just east of the State Capital, Salem, and an easy day’s drive from Portland, Eugene, or Bend.

Silver Falls’ namesake comes from the 10 unforgettable waterfalls crashing into the canyon carved by the North and South Forks of Silver Creek – five of these waterfalls are over 100 feet and four you can walk behind! Hike through the mist on the Trail of Ten Falls, a National Recreation Trail, or explore miles of trails beyond the falls through quiet, old-growth forest on foot, bike, or horseback. The Silver Falls Historic District, a must for history-lovers, is filled with rustic-style buildings built by the young men of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camps which serve today as our South Falls Lodge, Nature Store, and Combination Picnic Shelter, all of which are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Many other visitors enjoy the cool waters of the day use area’s swimming area, lounge in the sun while kids play in one of the three playgrounds, or satisfy their curiosity about natural history through the many interpretative programs and special events offered throughout the year.

Silver Falls State Park is overflowing with lodging and refreshments options to satisfy any visitor – from the full-service Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center complete with cabins, meals, a swimming pool, and meeting facilities to the campgrounds with 100 tent/RV sites, cabins, and group camping facilities. Popular for family reunions and weddings, the two “ranches” offer another unique lodging option all under one roof – complete with bunks, full kitchens, and a center fire-pit you won’t soon forget on a chilly evening with your friends. The YMCA camp is reservable outside of the summer season and also has many CCC-era historical buildings along with a swimming pool and full commercial kitchen. Snacks and refreshments are conveniently located in the Silver Creek Grill next to the swimming area’s D Shelter and in the Café in the South Falls Lodge, while meals and seasonal buffets are found in the Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center.

The rangers at Silver Falls State Park have but one word of advice – it is very difficult to take in all that Silver Falls has to offer in one day so plan to stay awhile or come back and visit!

AmeriCorps NCCC at Silver Falls

A Much Needed “Shot in the Arm!”

This past November and December Silver Falls State Park received a much-needed “shot in the arm” of enthusiasm and energy in the form of 23 AmeriCorps NCCC team members.  AmeriCorps NCCC is a federal service learning program covering 4 Rounds throughout the year.  Two teams – both ironically named “silver” – made the journey from their training base in Sacramento, CA and made Silver Falls their base camp for Round 1.  The “Silver Three” Team partnered with Champoeg State Park for a portion of their projects and then joined Silver Falls’ “Silver Five” Team towards the end of their Round 1 to help with our annual Christmas Festival – an event meant to give back to the local community during the Holiday Season.  In addition to being excellent ambassadors for the State Parks and AmeriCorps throughout the Christmas Festival preparations and event staffing, they also completed conservation projects such as historic building restorations, invasive species removal, and trail maintenance.  Words can’t describe how much we appreciated their help!

Continue to follow “Silver Five’s” journey via their Flickr webpage

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AmeriCorps NCCC


AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)  strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based—local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18-24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses — Denver, CO; Sacramento, CA; Baltimore, MD; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA.

Drawn from the successful models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.

AmeriCorps NCCC serves communities in every state.  Sponsoring organizations request the assistance of AmeriCorps NCCC teams by submitting a project application to the regional campus that covers that organization’s state. The campuses provide assistance in completing the application, developing a work plan, and preparing the project sponsor for the arrival of the AmeriCorps NCCC team.

-Description from AmeriCorps NCCC website, see link above for more information



Spring & Summer 2014 Newsletter

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Click on the link above to discover what our wonderful Friends of Silver Falls have been up to this past Spring and Summer. 

Our park wouldn’t be the special place we all love without their help!

Friends of Silver Falls


About Friends of Silver Falls:

Volunteers inspired by the beauty and history of Oregon’s largest state park have been active here since the establishment of the park in 1933. In 1986, the citizens and park staff envisioned a mission and established the Friends of Silver Falls State Park, Inc. As a result, this private and public partnership has created a more meaningful park experience for the nearly one million annual  visitors to the park, far beyond what state park funding alone can provide.

Our Mission:

To further the educational and interpretive opportunities available to park visitors; to promote, preserve and enhance the historical,  natural and recreational resources within the park; and to assist with park improvements and educational programs compatible with  the nature of Silver Falls State Park.

Our Vision:

Through the collaboration between the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department  (OPRD) and the Friends of Silver Falls (FOSF),  the experience of park visitors and the general public will be enhanced, and the Park’s natural scenic, cultural, historic and recreational resources will be promoted and preserved.

Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center


Silver Falls State Park has been named by Sunset magazine as one of the west’s “top 10 beginner campgrounds”. Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center offers lodges and cabins for visitors to the state park who don’t want to “rough it”!

A National Historic Landmark, South Falls Lodge at Silver Falls State Park combines the best in mother nature with the best in human nature. Built by Civilian Conservation Corps workers in 1940-41, South Falls Lodge complements the breathtaking beauty of Silver Falls State Park with timeless park lodge style and guest services.  South Falls Lodge is available to be reserved after hours for weddings, holiday parties, special occasions and events.

Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center has long been one of Oregon’s favorite places to meet. In 2014, its management was assigned by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to Silver Falls Recreation Company, whose parent company has been serving national, state and regional park visitors since 1975.

Just 35 minutes east of Salem, 1.5 hours south of Portland International Airport and 20 minutes south of Silverton, near Sublimity, Silver Falls State Park is closeby, yet sufficiently secluded to allow for productive meetings, intimate ceremonies and inspirational outings.

Best known for its many waterfalls, Silver Falls State Park features more than 30 miles of trails, including the renowned Trail of Ten Falls, a National Recreation Trail. Situated in a temperate rain forest, the park is a favorite of hikers, picnickers, bicyclists, anglers, photographers, equestrians, swimmers, dog-walkers, wildlife viewers and anyone moved by nature’s wonders.