Summer may be over, but the need for fresh-air and adventure is year-round. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed well into the autumn months and beyond on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston! Hiking Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area, “a hidden gem” in our region, is high on our list of outdoor favorites.
Hundreds of hikers from all over have embarked on this delightful adventure, traversing dense coastal forests, enjoying stunning river views, majestic Oregon myrtle trees, and spectacular views of the falls. The best part is you don’t even have to be a skilled or expert hiker to reap the rewards of your journey! A relatively short hike leads to the breathtaking waterfalls shooting out onto boulders a hundred feet below.
“Beautiful hike, beautiful falls. Not too crowded. Mostly shaded. Loved this hike!” said Ken C. in August 2022 on All Trails . “The falls are beautiful and the hike itself is really easy. Awesome place to bring kiddos,” said Tessa S. in June 2022. Even a winter hike to the falls is quite the adventure, according to Patrick G. In Jan 2022, he posted “What a gem! A winding drive out, but worth it…View from the upper Golden Falls is best of all…”.
Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area is the ideal place to unwind and reconnect with nature for a day. It is located 26 miles from Coos Bay and worth the trip (the drive is part of the magical adventure!). Ready to give it a try? Here are some tips to help you make the most of your day!
A note about the drive up Hwy 241. Please be aware that the road leading up to the parking area for Golden & Silver Falls is sometimes only one lane and more dirt than pavement. Take the drive slowly to avoid potentially dangerous situations, including meeting other vehicles traveling in the opposite direction and rough traveling conditions. Believe us when we say, the drive up is part of the adventure! And well worth the effort.
Check out the resources below for more information and directions to the Golden & Silver Falls State Park!
There is an adventure for everyone on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. Want more autumn adventure ideas? Research some itineraries or trip ideas from Oregon’s Adventure Coast experts. Check Oregon’s Adventure Coast Facebook to source suggestions on the best spots to visit, eat, stay and explore. You can also find inspiration by following @travelcoosbay on Instagram & Twitter !
Request or download a free visitors guide for inspiration and to help you discover the lay of the land. Click here for directions and other important travel tips, or contact one of our friendly volunteers at the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center on Oregon’s Adventure Coast and start planning your trip today!