If you are looking to relocate to Salem Oregon from another state you need to know there is never a lack of things to do here. Unless of course, you don’t like being outdoors..
When I relocated here about 20 years ago now, one of the first places we visited was Silver Falls State Park. Silver Falls is located in Silverton, Oregon. With 10 waterfalls within the boundaries of the park, this is really one of Oregon’s gems. There is a small dam in place to create a nice water play area for children. Just a few feet deep this area is very popular during our summer days.
There are so many amenities within the park.
- Paved paths for walking or biking
- Off leash dog area
- large open spaces for volleyball, football, soccer
- Covered areas for family get togethers, weddings, parties
- Miles of hiking trails
- Play structure
- Picnic tables
- Educational information at the Lodge
- Guided Nature Tours
- Camping for tents, or rent a cabin
- Horse trails
- Conference center
I am a dog lover, and we do have a dog who comes up to Silver Falls with us regularly. Please note that due to some of the drop offs, and narrow trails, dogs are not allowed on some trails. Make sure to check that if you plan to bring your dog with you.
I also encourage you to see the falls during the winter and spring. They are GUSHING with water. If you don’t mind donning some rain gear, waterproof boots, and a good sweater, it is worth the hike to see the falls in early spring.
If you are planning a day hike into Silver Falls, remember to pack a day pack with a sweatshirt (it can get colder in the canyon), a first aid kit (lots of tree roots and rocks on the trails), and a camera (too many beautiful shots to miss). Otherwise, my only advice to you is to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy.
So if you are looking for a home here in the Salem Oregon metro area, and are trying to figure out what we locals do for fun…head on up to Silver Falls for a day visit. You won’t regret it.
Winters there are a lot of fun when it snows. They have covered picnic areas with fireplaces for warming up between snowball fights. We head up there at least three times a year. It’s one of the best things about living in Salem.
Some cocoa and smores…sounds good to me. We haven’t gone up there when it snows yet. My hubby tried to take my son up once, but they closed it off due to some downed trees, I think.