MUNSON CREEK FALLS STATE NATURAL SITE
Munson Creek Falls tumbles 319' over several tiers, making it the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range. A short trail winds along Munson Creek through an old-growth forest to a viewpoint of the waterfall. The mile trail is accessible for all ages and every level of hiking enthusiast.
Spring and summer bring blooming trillium, corydalis and violets beneath the forest canopy. Come fall, the big leaf maples and red alders are ablaze with color. Munson Creek is vital salmon habitat. During the late fall through the winter, watch the waters for spawning salmon just below the surface.
Located in Tillamook County, Oregon, the area known for its stunning waterfall was initially inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Tillamooks and Clatsops. The site's name is derived from Charles Munson who owned a donation land claim near this location during 1874.
The state of Oregon acquired ownership over several years starting with an initial purchase of about six acres in 1938. Additional purchases were made between then and up until around 1950 to expand it into what we know today - approximately 88-acres parkland that features one of tallest waterfalls on the coast range at nearly319 feet high.
In addition to being home to some old-growth Sitka spruce trees which are among oldest living organisms along Pacific Coastline; these forests also provide habitat for various wildlife species including coho salmon whose spawning grounds can be found within creek running through property.
Over time, improvements have been made like trail development allowing visitors easier access while preserving natural beauty surrounding them. Despite occasional closures due to storm damage or safety concerns (like landslides), it remains popular destination attracting nature lovers seeking tranquility amidst lush greenery coupled with mesmerizing views offered by cascading falls itself.