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Oregon has at least 238 known waterfalls which makes it pretty difficult to choose the best ones. How can you know which are the best waterfalls in Oregon? Here are the best waterfalls in Oregon from my own personal experience and the people I know as for this date.

1. Multnomah Falls:

Distance: 5.6- mile loop hike/ 2 mile out & back. You can also come only to watch the waterfalls.

Level of difficult: longer trail- moderate, short trail- easy

Fees and permits: none

It can’t be a list of the best waterfalls in Oregon without Multnomah falls. It’s the most popular fall in Oregon, located half an hour drive from Portland, and is one of the most touristic places in the area. 

In my time in Oregon, I saw those falls almost in every season.  Every time it’s a whole new experience. The first time was on our first weekend in Portland. My father said we cannot live in Portland without being in Multnomah falls, and it’s true. It was the first place I saw in Oregon and I immediately knew I’m going to love this place.

The second time was in the winter, and everything was frozen. We could only see it from the road because it was close to visitors, but the view was breathtaking.

Last time I was there, I travel with two friends. It was the first time I did the hike and this time I also draw those falls. I usually paint landscape or draw portraits but I haven’t tried to drew a landscape until this moment. It was a new and memorable experience for me which led to more and more drawing on the way.

Each time is so special and unique. If you decide to do the hike is pretty easy, family-friendly, and the view from the top is breathtaking. Definitely the place to go when coming to Portland (try to avoid weekends or come early due to heavy traffic). And if you live here, it’s an amazing place to explore more than once. You can decide to take the easy hike or the moderate, to eat in their restaurant, see the ice stalactites in the winter, the stunning color of the trees in the autumn and spring, or just enjoy the view. 

Drawing Multnomah Falls

2. Silver Falls:

Distance: 2.8-mile /5-mile/ 7.2-mile loop hike. We created our own loop- around 3-mile (see below)

Level of difficult: moderate to difficult

Fees and permits: $5 day-use fee

People call it the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks located about 1.5 hours from Portland. If you haven’t been there, you probably wonder why it got this name, but once you visit, the answer is clear. It’s an amazing 7.2-mile loop (you can also do the short loop- 2.8 miles or the 5 miles) when you see 10 spectacular waterfalls. 

My father always told us stories about an amazing trail with ten falls in Oregon. I never understood why we got so excited until I got the chance to see it for myself. It was a cold January day but we decided to do it anyway. The trail was icy and slippery, the water of the falls was frozen, and the view was incredible. We started with the North Falls, moving towards the Winter Falls and creating our own loop (about 3 miles).  

Our second time, we started at the same place, but instead of returning at Winter Falls, we continued 0.4 miles in order to see extra 4 falls. It’s a great idea if you want to see the falls without doing the whole trail. We saw 8 out of 10 falls in less than 4 miles and everyone enjoyed it. 

If you love waterfalls and always wanted to walk behind one, it’s definitely the trail for you. It’s considers a moderate trail, tough it’s been pretty easy for my family and our friends (they have young children and they all enjoyed).

Silver Falls is definitely one of the best waterfalls in Oregon and a place everyone who lives here/ visiting Oregon has to see. 

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3. Proxy Falls:

Distance: 1.6-mile loop hike

Level of difficult: easy

Fees and permits: $5 day-use fee

1.6-mile loop (considers easy to moderate) located on Highway 242. Hwy 242 is seasonally closing and can open from June to late July. Make sure you check the opening day before taking this road! It is a beautiful scenic road which adds to the amazing experience of this trip.

There are two falls- the upper and the lower falls. I love the fact that you can get as close as you want to the falls and they are incredible. Also, this trail is super diverse in his landscape which made me love it even more. In the beginning, there are lava rocks and there’s no sight of waterfalls, then you enter a forest and see those breathtaking falls. 

Proxy Fall

4. Tamanawas Falls:

Distance: 3.8 miles out and back

Level of difficult: easy

Fees and permits: $5 day-use fee

Tamanawas Falls is a high trafficked trail located 2 hours from Portland. It’s an easy 3.6 miles round trip (1.8 in and out), family, and dogs friendly. The Indians of the northwest believed everyone has a Tamanawas- a friendly guardian spirit.  Its name always seems so strange to me and I couldn’t understand it’s meaning.

After reading about its history and stand beneath those falls I can relate to this. They’re so powerful and seems as the guardians of Mt. hood. I hiked there with friends at the beginning of 2019- summer. The hike is beautiful and easy, the landscape changes in the middle from forest to a road full of giant rocks. When you arrive at the waterfalls you can go on the rocks, get closer to the falls and even go behind them. Pack your lunch and eat it on the rocks, it’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the moment. 

Tamanawas Falls

5. Blue Pool- Tamolitch Falls

Distance: 4 miles out & back

Level of difficult: moderate

Fees and permits: none

The hike is 2 miles for each direction (4 miles to the entire hike). It is beautiful! You walk inside a tropical forest while the blue and beautiful river is by your side. I did this hike with my family and it took us about an hour to get to the waterfalls and the pool.

When we arrived, we stood on a cliff, watching the waterfalls and the pool from above. The color of the water is topaz blue, they’re so bright and clear. Words just can’t describe this beauty and every photo I took seemed less accurate than the breathtaking reality.

An interesting fact about the place- the river flows over the falls a few times a year, while the rest of the time the water emerges from the rocks underwater in the basin of waterfall pool. Meaning, sometimes you can see a waterfall and sometimes it’s simply a pool. I find it really cool because when we were there we saw the falls and the water about 49ft below us. Then one of my friends hiked there (two weeks after I was there) and only saw the pool. Isn’t it really cool?

6. Worth mentioning- White River Falls:

Distance: 0.7-mile out & back

Level of difficult: moderate

Fees and permits: none

After a cold winter without a lot of adventures, on the first day of a warm weather, we decided to go out and explore new places. I chose “White river falls”, gorgeous fall near Mt. Hood, two hours from Portland. It is a beautiful place though I would not recommend going specifically for it. The place is worth seeing if you’re stopping there on your way to somewhere else.

It’s a 0.7 miles hike out & back, but you don’t have to do the trail in order to see the fall. The view is about 2 minute walk from the parking lot until you can see the waterfalls perfectly.

I hope you like my list of best waterfalls in Oregon! Please share and comment if you did.

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Best waterfalls in Oregon

This Post Has 68 Comments

  1. Ashley

    I had no idea that Oregon had that many waterfalls, wow! These are absolutely beautiful, and I will definitely use your guide the next time I’m site seeing in Oregon. Great photos!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I know! I surprised to discover there’re so many waterfalls. I’m happy to hear that! Thank you so much!

  2. molly

    Writing about Oregon’s waterfalls seems like an overwhelming task! Great job! We are so lucky to have all of these awesome waterfalls!

      1. kmf

        I love day hikes especially when they lead to waterfalls. Pinning for future as I’ve never been to Oregon.

        1. Shany Yizhaki

          I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your support! I hope you’ll come travel in Oregon

  3. Kim

    Wow great post – so much research, facts and stats! I’ve been to Oregon but didn’t see any of these waterfalls, I will make it a point to if I go back!

  4. Jordan

    Okay! I love Oregon already and I haven’t even visited yet. Saving this for the near future 🙂 Thanks for the inspo and tips!

  5. Shay

    Needed this post! Currently planning a trip to Oregon specifically because I keep hearing about the beautiful waterfalls. Thanks for sharing; this is just what I needed right now!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I’m so happy to hear! I have a bucket list of places to see in Oregon and I’ll be happy to help you if you’ll have questions.

  6. Tali

    Great post! I’m ready to chack some waterfalls off my bucket list!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      Thank you! It’s always fun to mark places from the bucket list. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the hikes 😊

  7. amber

    Wow, I didn’t know ANYTHING about Oregon before reading this and I’m kind of stunned that it has a landscape like this. Gorgeous.

  8. Krista

    I love visiting waterfalls so this was a great post for me to come across!

  9. Jade

    Absolutely obsessed with getting to see waterfall! Have Oregon next on my list so hopefully will be able to see these.

  10. I have a deep love for waterfalls so I’m pretty sure I would enjoy all of these! I haven’t visited Oregon yet but when I do I’ll make sure to do some of these 🙂

  11. Melinda

    You are very lucky to live near so many beautiful waterfalls! I like hiking, and hiking to waterfalls is even better.

  12. Peyton

    What a fantastic post focusing on just the waterfalls! I love that. Usually, I have to go through so many blogs and websites to find out about the amazing waterfalls in an area.

  13. supal

    I initially wanted to head to Oregon to check out the thriving wine country and now I want to check out these waterfalls too!!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      That will be an amazing trip! Silver falls is in the area of the Willamette Valley (where most of the wineries are) and Multonomah Falls will be about an hour drive. I’m sure you’ll have a great trip in Oregon! 😊

  14. Kanupriyaa

    These look like so much fun. Oregon is pretty close so might take a trip there at some point!

  15. Vourneen

    Wow these are stunning! I have a thing for waterfalls, everywhere I go I’m looking for them! Your drawings are beautiful too 😊

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      Thank you! Oregon is full with gorgeous waterfalls, I’m sure you’ll enjoy traveling here

  16. Ildiko

    This is fantastic!! My husband and I are planning a trip to Oregon this September. I will certainly refer to your list. Thanks! Pinned!!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I’m so happy to hear! If you have any question about planning a trip I’ll be happy to help 😊

  17. Bucketlist Bri

    Oregon is so gorgeous! Can’t wait to hike there sometime! P.S. Loved your waterfall drawing – girl, you’re super talented!! x

  18. Wow, I never knew Oregon had that many waterfalls! It’s such a beautiful green place. I visited a couple years and went hiking, but I definitely want to return. I really want to see Multnomah Falls and Silver Falls.

  19. Diane Evans

    This is a great list – and I love the details! I definitely have to schedule a trip to Oregon very soon. Well, soon-ish based on the current state of affairs 😉

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      Thank you! I hope things will go back to norm and we could travel again 🙏🏽

  20. Sydney

    I would love to visit Oregon one day, it looks absolutely stunning! Also, your drawing is beautiful!

  21. Elizabeth

    I love hiking to waterfalls! It looks like Oregon has some great ones to visit. I appreciate that you shared all the details about the hikes and included ones of various distances and for different ability levels.

  22. Kiara

    I’ll definitely have to put Oregon on my travel list for this next year. It’ll be nice to spend some time in nature. Especially if there’s waterfall to see!

  23. May Durkee

    I’ve never been to Oregon, but thanks to you now I really want to visit! Hahaa really though, I love waterfalls. Now, what an incredible drawing, you’re sooo talented! Well done!

  24. Shelley

    Really great blog, Shany! I used to live in Portland, and you mention some places here I’ve never even heard of! Guess I’ll need to back to visit PDX & check them all out now. Saved & pinned this blog for just that.

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      Thank you! There’s so much to explore here. No matter how much I travel and see there’s always more 😊

  25. Karen

    so many waterfalls, so little time. These are gorgeous (pun intended). Great details to find them.

  26. Chelsea

    So handy that you have included the distances and fees. I hate when I arrive (with no money) because I didn’t know there was a fee.
    Also, your drawing of Multnomah Falls is awesome!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I hate it too! Happens to me so many times. Thank you! 😊

  27. Kelsey

    These are great stops when on a road trip! Some of these are beautiful!! Looks like a great day!

  28. Krista

    I love visiting waterfalls, and these ones all look so pretty!

  29. Sarah Camp

    Stunning falls! I really love that you’ve sketched one too – great art! Thanks for the breakdown with difficulty levels too 🙂

  30. Jamie

    I love Waterfalls, so this is the kind of article that really motivates me to get out west and see some gorgeous ones. And thanks for sharing hiking length and difficulty, always something I look for!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I’m hoping you’ll come visit! So happy to hear that you enjoyed your reading.

  31. Jess

    This is an awesome post, I actually had no clue that there were waterfalls in Oregon! I feel sort of dumb for not knowing, haha! How amazing!

  32. Hannah

    Wow, 238 waterfalls is an impressive list to choose from! Multnomah Falls looks spectacular! I bet the view from the bridge above is phenomenal! Thanks for the wonderful guide!

  33. Sharon

    They are all SO pretty! I’ve heard of Mulnomah Falls for years, so that is the first one I would love to visit!

  34. Jasmine

    I can’t believe Oregon has that many waterfalls! I’d make it a goal to go see all of them! The ones you’ve shared are so beautiful, too!

  35. Olivia

    Wow who knew Oregon had so many beautiful waterfalls! Would love to make my way out there someday. Also, beautiful drawing!

  36. Smith Mitchell

    Awesome post, I didn’t even know about so many waterfalls. Unbelievable, thanks for sharing!

  37. Jori

    Wow these are so beautiful!! And thanks for including the prices in them!


    I am dying to visit Oregon. I want to explore Portland, visit the NP’s, and chase all these waterfalls! Thank you for sharing.

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