It's not easy to pick the five most beautiful waterfalls in Oregon. The state of Oregon is loaded with fantastic, beautiful waterfalls. I chose these five waterfalls in Oregon mainly for their beauty, but also because each one can be reached by car without too much trouble, a couple of them easily from Portland. I had a hard time leaving out the waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park, and anyone who wants to see more great waterfalls in Oregon should start there.
Five Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Oregon
Multnomah Falls is the highest and most famous waterfall in Oregon, and one of the most famous in the United States. Multnomah Falls drops some 620 total feet in two drops along Multnomah Creek in northern Oregon just south of where Multnomah Creek dumps into the Columbia River.
The Upper Falls at Multnomah Falls drops 542 feet, while the Lower Falls drops 69 feet. A 45 foot long span called Benson Footbridge spans spectacularly spans the creek between the upper and lower falls, offering fantastic views.
Image Source (Multnomah Falls before Benson Bridge was added)
There are a ton of waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge area, but Multnomah Falls is the tallest and easiest to get to. There are exits for Multnomah Falls right along Interstate 84 east of Portland. Some 2 million poeple a year visit Multnomah Falls. I've been to Multnomah Falls a few times and there were always other people around, though I would not say it was overcrowded.
Salt Creek Falls
Salt Creek Falls drops some 286 feet in one main plunge along Salt Creek in the Willamette National Forest. You can reach Salt Creek Falls along Route 58 about five miles west of Willamette Pass, and 14 miles east of Oakridge, Oregon. There's a ski resort at Willamette Pass named Willamette Pass Resort.
Wahclella Falls drops impressively along Tanner Creek just south of where Tanner Creek runs into the Columbia River maybe 30 miles east of Portland, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge. The bottom of Wahclella Falls pours spectacularly down a 60 foot cliff face with a great viewing area just across. To reach Wahclella Falls take Interstate 84 to Exit 40 at the Bonneville Dam. Go south and look for the parking area for the falls, which can be reached along the 1.8 mile round-trip Tanner Creek Trail.
Toketee Falls drops some 113 amazing feet in two drops over a basalt cliff along the North Umpqua River in the Umpqua National Forest in southeastern Oregon, north of Crater Lake National Park. To reach Toketee Falls take Highway 138 (N Umpqua Highway) to the turnoff for the falls near the Slide Creek Reservoir, some 45 miles east of Glide, Oregon. PacifiCorp drains water above the falls for hydroelectricity, so Toketee Falls does not always flow at high capacity.
Mill Creek Falls
Mill Creek Falls is a towering 173 foot high waterfall along Mill Creek in southeastern Oregon located not too far from Crater Lake National Park. Mill Creek Falls is located at the Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint, which is a state park originally developed by Willamette Industries. You can reach the park off Highway 62 south of Crater Lake by turning south onto Mill Creek Drive in the town of Prospect, Oregon.
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