The Best Waterfalls In Central Oregon

Photo of Natalia Vergara
9 February 2017

The state of Oregon is home to an incredible number of national forests, waterfalls, and mountains — everything that excites the inner explorer in all of us. Central Oregon is known for its breathtaking hikes leading to some of the highest waterfalls. Check out the amazing falls below, and get ready to do some exploring.

Koosah Falls | © Northwest Power & Conservation Council/Flickr

Koosah Falls

Just a quick left turn off of Highway 126 along the Willamette National Forest, Koosah Falls can be found nestled in the trees. One of the most magnificent waterfalls in Oregon, Koosah Falls is the result of a deposit of basaltic lava that ran through the McKenzie River 3,000 years ago. The trail to Koosah Falls is a short one and allows visitors to get up-close views of the immense drop. The vibrant blue water will be surprising to anyone, as it almost seems as if someone dumped chlorine into the basin.

Salt Creek Falls | © James Wellington/Flickr

Salt Creek Falls

Falling 286 feet from the top of a cliff, Salt Creek Falls is the second highest single drop waterfall in Oregon. Salt Creek Falls requires a minimal walk to see its beauty. Surrounded by some of the greenest trees in the area, two large cliffs, and a great observation area, this fall is sure to be the place for a great weekend hike. Access to the viewing area is just a minute from the parking lot and is wheelchair accessible.

Diamond Creek Falls | © James Wellington/Flickr

Diamond Creek Falls

Just a few miles from Salt Creek Falls, Diamond Creek Falls can be found further around the same loop that brings you around to Salt Creek. Visitors must veer off the trail and climb down to get next to the falls, where they will witness an incredible and extremely up-close experience of Diamond Creek. The long hike is much worth the view and is also a great excuse to get some exercise.

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