Golden & Silver Falls State Park - Coos County, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
N 43° 28.949 W 123° 55.969
10T E 424565 N 4814818
This remote park provides access to two of the best waterfalls on the Oregon coast - 200-foot Golden Falls and 150-foot Silver Falls. The drive is well worth the effort. Best seen from mid-spring to mid-summer, but always spectacular.
Waymark Code: WM5WE3
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 02/20/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member wilkintj
Views: 9

Golden and Silver Falls State Park is only about 25 miles east of Coos Bay, but the last portion of the road is gravel and very narrow and winding.. Use extreme caution. The lower trail to Silver Falls is a gentle climb, but ends unceremoniously at a clearing with a good view of the falls. The upper trail is longer and steeper, and ends at the other side of the falls for a closer view. Both trails are well maintained. There are unimproved trails that lead to the top, though they are apparently unmarked. The parking area is ample with picnic and restroom facilities.

These photos were taken in August 2008, when the water flow is at the minimum, but still quite beautiful. A spring visit will give one the experience of the full power and grandeur of these spectacular waterfalls.

Coos County, Oregon

Coos County, Oregon

Coos County, Oregon

Coos County, Oregon

Coos County, Oregon

Coos County, Oregon


Frm the 1880's, early homesteaders in the Glenn Creek valley above Golden Falls used a steep and dangerous pack trail that bypassed this rocky escarpment.

In 1901, four of the homesteaders blasted this trail out of the rock bluff above Golden Falls, and donated the right of way to Coos County.

From 1912 to 1916, and auto stage line ran daily through this route, transporting passengers between Allegany and Scottsburg.

During World War II, lumber was transported over this road from a sawmill located two mile above Golden Falls.

The road was maintained by the county until 1958, when the last of the descendants of the original homesteaders moved out.

Park Type: Day Use

Hiking, picnic

See the long description; that's what it's there for.

Link to Park: [Web Link]

Park Fees: Not listed

Date Established?: Not listed

Additional Entrance Points: Not Listed

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