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Howard Creek Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

At the Howard Creek Trailhead, Silver Falls State Park (bobcat)


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Driving Directions

Drive I-5 South and take Exit 271 for Woodburn and Silverton (Highway 214).

Turn left onto Highway 214, also called the Newberg Highway. You will see signs for the Silver Falls Tour Route. After 1.1 miles, go straight (tour route signs point right) for Mt. Angel and Silverton, keeping on 214S.

The Newberg Highway becomes the Mt. Hood Highway. Drive 1.4 miles and turn right onto 99E and 214 for Silverton.

Continue on this wide boulevard for 1.1 miles before turning left on 214S for Mt. Angel and Silverton.

You will continue out of Woodburn for 6.8 miles and, after entering Mt. Angel, the road bends left for Silverton and Silver Falls.

From here, proceed 4.1 miles to a four-way stop at C Street in Silverton. Here you have to turn right and then left at the next junction onto one-way Water Street to pass through downtown Silverton.

From the C Street junction, it’s another 16.1 miles, passing the North Falls Trailhead and various overlooks to turn left at a four-way junction for Overnight Facilities, the Conference Center, and the Park Office.

After 0.2 miles, stop at the fee booth (You can pay the $5 day-use fee here).

After 0.1 miles, come to a T-junction and go left for Overnight Facilities and the Conference Center.

Keep to the main road, passing the campground entrance and, in 0.6 miles, go left on a gravel road for the Howard Creek Horse Camp.

Drive 0.1 miles and turn left into the Howard Creek Day-use Trailhead (There is a pay station at this trailhead).

Other Notes

  • Dogs on leash
  • $5 day-use or $30 annual pass required
  • Information kiosk and port-a-potty

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Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

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