Watson Falls Trailhead

Area Status: Open

The Watson Falls Trailhead provides access to the Watson Falls Trail #1496. The 0.4-mile trail leads to the beautiful Watson Falls. Watson Falls is the highest water fall in southwest Oregon with its 293 foot drop. The trailhead provides ample parking with picnic tables tucked inside the forest just off the pavement. Several informative signs in the parking area explain the geology of the falls.

Provides access to:


  • Picnic tables
  • Vault toilets
  • No drinking water
  • Garbage disposal

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Roseburg, OR
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

  • Large enough for trucks and trailers to pull through. Should accommodate trailers up to 30 feet in length.  


From Roseburg, OR, take OR-138 east / northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard. Continue on Highway 138 to milepost 61.3. Turn south off Highway 138 onto Forest Road 37 (Fish Creek Road), approximately 0.25 mile east of the east entrance to Toketee Ranger Station. The parking area is about 0.2 mile on the right.


Day Hiking

The trailhead provides access to Watson Falls via a 0.4-mile trail. A wooden bridge crosses Watson Creek 0.3 miles from the trailhead, offering an excellent view of the falls.

Viewing Wildlife

Birds are often spotted from the parking lot.

Viewing Scenery


Picnickers can enjoy a tailgate lunch on the pavement or a more secluded meal at one of the picnic tables set a few feet into the trees.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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2,600 feet