Visit Silver Falls State Park This Fall

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As the largest state park in Oregon, Silver Falls State Park is truly a magical place to explore. This is partly due to the beautiful waterfalls that pepper the 9,000 acres of the park. There are ten waterfalls in total, four of which have a natural trail allowing guests to traverse under the cascading water. The mix of wooded areas, moss-covered cliffs, and sparkling waterfalls transports you to a different realm of the Northwest. Silver Falls State Park is a must-do for any trip to the Willamette Valley.

Silver Falls State Park is a bit over an hour’s drive from our winery and McMinnville Bed and Breakfast, but it’s well worth the pretty scenery and time. In fact, our guests will often plan a full day out to Silver Falls State Park, packing up a picnic and a bottle of Youngberg Hill sparkling wine for the perfect mid-hike break. This park is known for its romance, so it’s a lovely place to take time with your special someone and soak up the beauty of these natural water features.

Our McMinnville Bed and Breakfast is a lovely place to stay for a romantic getaway to wine country. The inn sits atop a hill surrounded by our vineyards and rolling hills of the Valley. It’s the perfect home base for outdoor enthusiasts—a luxury place to land after a day out in the wilderness. Upon your return from Silver Falls State Park, find a spot on our deck with a glass of our favorite in-house pinot noir and take in one of the most picturesque views in the Willamette Valley, especially in the fall.

Don’t miss our on-site tasting room as well! When it’s time to retreat to your luxurious guest room, our elegantly appointed spaces, pristine en-suite spa-like baths, and a serene atmosphere will whisk you away. Book your room today!

Head to Silver Falls State Park this Fall

Visit the Stunning Silver Falls State Park This Fall

Silver Falls State Park is known as the “crown jewel” of Oregon State Parks. It’s not only the largest, but many would say the most picturesque in the Northwest. You really can spend a whole day here hiking, biking, picnicking, or swimming. The ten waterfalls are a sight to behold, and you’ll love the thrill of the search along the trails.

Here are five things to know about Silver Falls State Park before you visit:

  1. First and foremost, let’s talk about the “Trail of Ten Falls,” which is a 7.2-mile moderate hike, gaining 800 feet in elevation and weaving through the dense and rich forest. The waterfalls appear around the bend in rocky canyons as you follow a winding creek. Four of these spectacular waterfalls can be checked out from under the cascading water as the trail crosses beneath the streams.
  2. The most well-known of the ten waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park is the 177-foot South Falls, one of which can be viewed from underneath. It’s the park’s most visited and Instagrammed waterfall, and it’s a perfect spot to feel the cool spray on a hot summer’s day.
  3. Aside from the nationally recognized “Trail of Ten Falls” there are more than 35 miles of backcountry hiking trails for long walks, biking, and even horseback riding.
  4. There’s a beautiful day-use area at the South Falls, including a large grassy lawn for picnics, tables, covered shelters, barbecue stands, and horseshoe pits. This is a lovely space to reset and relax after your hike at Silver Falls State Park. Don’t be surprised if you happen upon a wedding, as the South Falls is a popular backdrop for nuptials.
  5. Since Silver Falls State Park is very popular with visitors and locals alike, you’ll want to head out early to avoid the crowds and for prime parking spots. Join us for an elegant breakfast (available to add on for a small fee) at the Inn before you head out on your adventure!

On your way back to our McMinnville Bed and Breakfast, stop off in Salem to check out Oregon’s capital city. You could grab dinner at one of the many farm-to-table-style restaurants. We recommend Wild Pear for Northwest Vietnamese fusion, up-scale diner fare at Ritter’s Housemade Foods, or Rudy’s Steakhouse for a fancy steak dinner.

Silver falls State Park is such a lovely outing this fall in the Willamette Valley

Wine & Luxurious Lodging at our McMinnville Bed and Breakfast

As a guest at our McMinnville Bed and Breakfast, you’ll have access to some of the best pinot noir in all of Oregon wine country. Our detailed approach to the biodynamic wine making process shines in our Youngberg Hill wines, as well as our sister reserve label Bailey’s Family Wines. There’s no better way to relax after a long waterfall hike out at Silver Falls State Park than with a glass of our Natasha Block Pinot by the fire in your private suite. Or, if you’re energized from your journey, head down to the tasting room for complimentary pours* (for overnight guests only) of our Youngberg Hill lineup. 

One thing that sets our Inn apart from other lodging properties in McMinnville is our welcoming hospitality and concierge services. We love ensuring our guests have everything they need: comfort, support, and assistance in enjoying their visit to Willamette Valley as best as possible. Our McMinnville Bed and Breakfast has more than 470 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, and hearing these glowing reviews makes everything we do worth it!

The newly renovated Jura Suite offers impressive panoramic views overlooking the vineyards for those looking for the most romantic of stays. Inside is a luxurious king bed with a cozy seating area, a gas fireplace, a spacious bath with an air Jacuzzi tub, and a double shower. It’s a complete mix of old-world ambiance with new and modern amenities. You’ll be ultimately able to unwind and relax with your partner in the quiet calm of our McMinnville Bed and Breakfast. Start planning your next romantic getaway and book in wine country today!

*Tastings are complimentary for full-price rooms online; we do not include complimentary tastings for promotions, such as our winter promotional rate.