“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.”  ~Mikhail Lermontov

Timm, Darby and Shadow at Latourell Falls in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Oregon is home to the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America.  The Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge has over 90 named waterfalls.  And Silver Falls State Park features the Trail of Ten Falls, where hikers can see 10 terrific waterfalls on a 8-mile hike along a narrow canyon.

Waterfalls usually flow heaviest in the spring when they carry winter snowmelt and spring shower runoff.  On the other hand, waterfalls on the west coast of the United States typically flow the least in early autumn because the hot & dry summers choke off their water supply. 

Unfortunately, we visited Oregon in early autumn.  A few park officials even had the nerve to say something like, “Our waterfalls aren’t flowing very heavily now, so perhaps you should come back in the spring.”  But we’re here now!  And even with the relatively low flow, the waterfalls were captivating and beautiful.

Please check out our waterfall photo tour in two Oregon parks:

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Silver Falls State Park

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