Drift Creek Falls Trail #1378

Area Status: Open

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: 5/3/2022: Visitors to Drift Creek Falls will need to drive with caution because a portion of the road that accesses the Drift Creek Falls trailhead narrows to one lane where a landslide occured in 2021.

Expect limited or no services. Be prepared to pack out all waste.
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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General Notes:

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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.


River and Stream Fishing

Fishing Mode Bait, lures
Fish Species Steelhead, Chinook Salmon
Water Temperature Cold

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

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