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Willamette Valley Region
Fall Creek National Recreation Trail
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It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
The Fall Creek Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail. As a Hiker Only route, it follows Fall Creek for most of the route, allowing the hiker to enjoy the cool valley air and observing the mix of riparian (streamside) vegetation. Just east of Bedrock Campground, the trail climbs up slope around a parcel of private land and then descends to Fall Creek.

The route is generally level with log footbridges for crossing streams. There are many scenic views of Fall Creek and side streams. Before reaching Bedrock Campground, Slick Creek is crossed on a bridge where there is a small cave and rock outcrops. Many good fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping spots are found along the trail. Above the Forest Road 1828 crossing, the trail used to cross Fall Creek on a 90-foot long log bridge. The segment of the trail from this crossing to Forest Road 1833 provides many scenic views of Fall Creek

Fall Creek National Recreation Trail is located near Springfield

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Travel 2 miles north from the Lowell Service Center on the Lowell-Jasper Road, turn right at the Unity Bridge and proceed 10.3 miles on the Fall Creek Road (Forest Road 18) to the trailhead, which is located on the right side of the road, just before Dolly Varden Campground.

Several trailheads provide access to this trail. Continue on past the first trailhead for 3 miles and cross a bridge over Fall Creek. Turn right on the first gravel road (before Forest Road 1821) to a limited parking area. Proceed another 2.5 miles to Bedrock Campground. The trailhead is located at the northwest corner of the campground. A third trailhead is located 2.5 miles farther up Forest Road 1828. Turn left onto Forest Road 1828.

Follow the Fall Creek Road for approximately another 4 miles to Forest Road 1833, turn right and cross the bridge over Fall Creek and the trailhead is located on the left.


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