Drift Creek Falls Trail #1378


This family friendly hike offers something for everyone. A hike through a coastal forest, a 75 foot waterfall, and a suspension bridge 100 feet above the canyon floor (don’t worry, the bridge can support 165,000 pounds!).

On the optional 1-mile North Loop Trail you can also access old-growth trees, vine maples, huckleberry and salmonberry bushes, and a variety of shrubs and ferns.

Fall in love with Drift Creek Falls. Download a brochure to learn about the area’s natural wonders that make the Oregon Coast Range such a special place to be.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Starting December 16 and continuing through the end of February, drivers may experience intermittent delays on Cougar Mountain Road (FS 17) while road stabilization repairs are conducted. The construction work is weather dependent and the length of delays will be unpredictable. During this time, drivers are encouraged to access Drift Creek Falls trailhead via South Drift Creek Road, off of Highway 101 south of Lincoln City, to avoid delays and construction equipment. For more information, contact Lola Coombe, project engineer, at 541-563-8409, call the Hebo Ranger District at 503-392-5100.
Busiest Season: Summer
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Drift Creek Falls Trailhead. You can buy an ePass (Day Pass) or an annual Northwest Forest Pass online before you go!
Information Center: Hebo Ranger District

General Information


Access to this trail is at Drift Creek Falls Trailhead (fee site)


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.1 mb)

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The parking area at this popular trail fills early. Plan on arriving early or later in the day to find a space.



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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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Related Links


  • Trail Maps
    Find geo-referenced PDFs on our mobile friendly trail map download page


  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
Trailhead – 911 feet, At the bridge – 630 feet, River’s edge – 532 feet