In the lower elevations of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, lies a golden jewel of temperate rain forest and magical waterfalls. Winding through this wondrous place weaves the North and South forks of Silver Creek, with the Canyon trail delivering the adventurous hiker to ten glorious waterfalls.
At 9,064 acres, Silver Falls is Oregon’s largest state park; over thirty miles of trails wind through the forest of Douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock giants. The park has quite a colorful history prior to being dedicated as a State park in 1933. A small town actually once stood atop what is known as South Falls, but met its demise along with the timber industry. One land owner charged admission to see the falls and hosted events such as pushing old cars off of the waterfall, as well as a stuntman in a covered canvas canoe! Yet another owner ran a honky-tonk (a bar that features musical entertainment) on the rim of South Falls, and blared music down into the canyon below.
Beginning in 1931 and as recently as 2006, various land acquisitions took place by the state in the Silver Falls area to grow the park to over 9,000 acres. In 1935, as a result of President Franklin Roosevelt’s formation of the Civilian Conservation Corps. and the Works Progress Administration, two hundred workers and craftsman transformed the park over seven years into the incredible place it is today. Land was restored to its natural state, trails were created, a beautiful lodge was built, and log cabins, a stone shelter and a youth camp were constructed.
Silver Falls State Park is indeed a special place that everyone should at least visit once. Anytime of year offers spectacular photography opportunities, with many types of creative possibilities to play with. The images below were photographed the first week of November, 2012 using Canon equipment. All images were created with a Canon 5D Mk2, 16-35mm f/2.8 Mk2 and 70-200mm f/4 lenses.
Below is a short compilation video of several of the waterfalls I photographed at Silver Falls State Park. Be sure and turn up your volume, louder the better! 🙂
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