Category Archives: Park Happenings

Celebrate “Green Friday” at Silver Falls!

Celebrate the day after Thanksgiving with free parking at Oregon State Parks on November 24th! The Oregon State Parks Foundation and Friends of Silver Falls will be providing free snacks and hot drinks at Silver Falls beginning at 10 am. More information can be found here:

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We hope to see you at the park!

“Green Friday” 2016

Historic Silver Falls Day Event Guide

Join us this Saturday, July 9th, for Historic Silver Falls Day! Events will run from 10am to 4pm and are all located in the South Falls Day-Use Area.

2016 Historic Silver Falls Day Event Guide FOR BLOG


4th of July Fun at Silver Falls

Over 100 people showed up to participate in our annual Independence Day Parade in the Silver Falls Campground! Spirits were high and decorations abounded as we snaked our way through the campground, joined by many of our community partners – staff from the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center, the YMCA Camp Silver Creek, and the Drakes Crossing Volunteer Fire Department, and a special appearance by our Junior Ranger mascot, JR Beaver. Thanks to all who joined us – we hope to see you all again next year!

Trucks lined up

Stephanie and JR

JR shaking hands

And they're off

Historic Silver Falls Day is Saturday, July 9th!

Join us on Saturday, July 9th for the 7th Annual Historic Silver Falls Day! A more detailed event guide will be posted here later in the week.

40616 Silver Falls Days Flyer

Weekly Schedule: June 26-July 4

June 26-July 4 Program Flyer for blog

Knock knock…who’s there?

It’s a hairy woodpecker! Park staff heard a knocking on the outer wall of the South Falls Lodge, and looked outside to find a hairy woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus) pecking around the wall looking for bugs. Note the bird’s powerful beak, zygodactyl (X-shaped) claws, and stiff tail feathers supporting it while it clings to the wall – all of which are adaptations that help woodpeckers in their daily lives.

For more information on these fascinating birds, look here.

Weekly Schedule: June 8-19

June 8-19 Program Flyer

Even More Beautiful Paintings by Peace

Grand Opening! New Mountain Bike Trail

Catamount Trail opening flyer

And check out these videos of the Catamount Trail Construction from the Salem Area Trail Alliance:

Statesman Journal SATA Video Weblink

Artist in Residence: Year 2

Peace Painting Selection Pano ShotSilver Falls’ Artist in Residence, Peace, just completed his Year 2 project!

Ten beautiful works of art will be on display shortly at the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center.  As you can see from the group selection process, we had the challenge of just picking 10 of Peace’s amazing work.  Check out this link for a video tour of Peace’s Old Ranch Studio:  Peace Studio Tour Link

Final Group Selection Final Selection Tour 1 Final Selection Tour 2