Always something to look at around the next bend, great places to go swimming, totally engulfed by wildlife.
8.7 mi loop showcasing 10 waterfalls directly off the path, more waterfalls a short jaunt from the main path in several different places. A few of the waterfalls actually fall in front of the path so be prepared to get at least a little misted.
Drive Interstate 5 to Salem. Drive east on Highway 22 to exit 7, signed for OR Highway 214. Continue on 214 4.2 miles to Silver Falls State Park. Turn left into the first entrance you'll pass. Pay at the toll booth if it's open, or use the drop box.
Alternatively, from the east side of Portland, you can take Exit 10 on I-205 and drive south on Oregon 213. Highway 213 heads straight into the old downtown district of Silverton. Turn left on to Highway 214 and drive 14 miles to the Silver Falls State Park. pass North Falls Trailhead on the right, the parking area for the North Falls Viewpoint and the Winter Falls Trailhead. Soon you'll see signs pointing out South Falls Lodge to the right.
parking is $5, lots of parking, picnic tables and coverings. A gift shop and cafe are located in the park but have odd hours, maybe just seasonal.
Don't want to waste $5? No problem. Start at the North Falls trailhead and take a super-quick hike to Silver Falls State Park (then grab a cup of coffee, a burger, and dodge tourists). There's also another parking lot that's entrance is about .2 miles north of the main entrance. It's free. Also, in the winter they lock-down the main lot at 5pm. Why pay the $5 and deal with that? Hike there; it's stupidly easy.