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:|| 5/11/2023: 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. Due to vandalism and theft, day use fees can no longer be paid in cash/check at Drift Creek Falls Trailhead. Visitors can purchase a digital day pass in advance by going online to https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74427. Digital passes cannot be purchased onsite due to limited cell service. When purchasing a pass in advance, a printed copy of the pass is recommended for your vehicle dashboard. If a printed copy is not available, your license plate number will be used to confirm compliance. We are working on a solution to securely accept payments on site again in the future.
Expect limited or no services. Be prepared to pack out all waste.
|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! General Day Use Pass purchased on Rec.Gov, for the Siuslaw National Forest may be used at any day use areas on the Siuslaw National Forest, on the same day. Gold Star, Military, Access, Senior, Annual and 4th Grade Passes for entry are accepted. A copy of your pass is required to be placed on your vehicle dashboard.|
|Information Center:||Hebo Ranger District|
Access to this trail is at Drift Creek Falls Trailhead (fee site)
Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.1 mb)
To use your mobile device's GPS to track your location on the map: Download the geospatial PDF (geoPDF), download and install an app, such as The Avenza Maps app, that reads geoPDFs. Learn more about geospatial PDFs and mobile apps here.
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|
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Intermediate|