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Trail of Ten Falls in Silver Falls State Park 

Silver Falls State Park, located about twenty miles southeast of Salem, is the largest state park in Oregon. The 9,064-acre park is notable for its numerous waterfalls, the tallest of which is Double Falls, at 178 feet. The best-known falls in the park is South Falls, at 177 feet.

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Trail of Ten Falls Silver Falls State Park
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The Trail of Ten Falls is a designated National Recreation Trail, and lures photographers, hikers and waterfall enthusiasts alike.  Listed as a moderate hike with 800 feet elevation variation, sturdy shoes and a camera are encouraged. Each of the three trailheads leading into the canyon starts atop of an over one hundred foot waterfall. The decent into the pristine canyon begins within the canopy of towering Douglas Firs, as it meanders down to the undergrowth of ferns into the heart of the canyon, meeting up with the winding creek.  Whether you are up for the full seven mile trek or a shortened journey, the Trail of 10 Falls is and enjoyable and beautiful hike as you as explore from one falls to the next.

The full Trail of 10 Falls consist of Canyon Trail and Rim Trail, for a 7 mile loop. Parking for these trail heads are South Falls and North Falls. Day Use parking passes may be purchased at both locations. Entry to the Canyon Trail can also be accessed via the Maple Ridge, Winter and North Group Access trail. 
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Silver Falls State Park Trail-head
Trail of Ten Falls in Silver Falls State Park

There are four water falls that you are able to walk behind. South Falls is the famous one, though Lower South, North and Middle North all have an amphitheater that provides enough room for a trail.  The water of Silver Creek flows over a thick basalt lava flow that is resting on softer, older rock. As the water loses elevation this softer layer beneath erodes and created a natural pathway.

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