Hotel at a Glance: Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center
Old-growth forests stand over the wooden lodges at Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center. The lodges are situated just inside Silver Falls State Park—referred to as the “crown jewel” of Oregon’s state park system—within easy reach of hiking trails and waterfalls. Lodges are equipped with clean linens and towels, overstuffed sofas and chairs, a wood-burning stove, and two shared bathrooms with showers.
- Oregon-inspired cuisine is on the menu at the Big Leaf Dining Hall. You can also grab a sandwich or burger at the South Falls Lodge Café or Silver Creek Grill, located near the Trail of Ten Falls.
- Take a guided hike: One- to two-hour hikes through the park take place Tuesday–Saturday at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
- Dog-friendly hikes: the 3-mile Rim Trail and several of the 25 miles of multi-use trails can be explored with your pooch.
- Charming, small-town Oregon: Sublimity, Silverton, and other rural communities are a short drive from the lodge. Click here for more information.
- Distance from Salem: The lodge is less than an hour drive from Oregon’s capital city.
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon: Douglas Firs and Waterfalls in the Foothills of the Cascades
Dense thickets of Douglas firs and hemlocks, jagged sword ferns, and wildflowers grow within Silver Falls State Park in the foothills of the Cascades. It’s easy to lose yourself in the wilderness on more than 25 miles of multi-use trails, many leading to scenic vistas and waterfalls; several trails are even dog-friendly.
Tackle the 3-mile Rim Trail for sweeping views or the 8.7-mile Trail of Ten Falls that leads to the park’s most impressive cascades, including the 177-foot South Falls. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for native wildlife along the way, especially Pacific black-tail deer, coyotes, cougars, and elk. The park is open year-round, though late fall and winter are the best times to avoid crowds.