Watson Falls Trail #1496

Area Status: Open

Watson Falls is the highest waterfall in Southwest Oregon and the third highest in the state with a stunning 294-foot drop over a basalt lava flow. The trail begins across from the trailhead on the other side of Forest Road 37. The trail climbs through a lush, green understory of salal, Oregon grape, vine maple, and ferns with an overstory of Douglas-fir and hemlock trees. A wooden bridge crosses Watson Creek and offers an excellent view of the spectacular falls. For those willing to trek a little off the beaten path, just north of the bridge is a path to the base of the falls, where you can get a closer view of both the falls and the lush vegetation that grows in its cool mist. After hiking back to the trail, the trail then loops back to Forest Road 24.

Watson Falls Trail #1496 - View of falls

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Roseburg, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From Roseburg, OR, turn onto OR-138 east / northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard. Continue on Highway 138 to milepost 60.5 and turn south onto Forest Road 37 (Fish Creek Road). The parking area is about 0.2 mile on the right and is large enough for trucks and trailers to pull through.


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  Area/Length : 
0.6 mile

  Elevation : 
2,600 feet - 2,800 feet range