I love hiking and one of my favorite hikes is up to see the Munson Creek Falls. It's the tallest waterfall in the Pacific Coast Range (319 feet tall!).  We are so fortunate to have it nearby; just 9 miles South of Tillamook. It’s an approximately ½ mile hike through old growth forest and is fairly easy to walk. There is a large parking lot at the trailhead and is well marked with signs.

While walking along the trail, I love the views of giant ferns, moss covered boulders, wildflowers and sunlight streaming through the forest. The trail winds around the creek providing the soothing sounds of water. There are tons of picture opportunities along the way with short trails that lead to the creek formed by the falls.

After a quarter of a mile the woods open up to a 319 foot, three-tiered waterfall. You can't get super close to it but close enough to take in its beauty. It is a dog friendly trail although you do have to keep them on a leash. Depending on the time of year you go (it's open all year round) you may want to prepare with some bug spray and a bottle of water. Expect to spend about a half hour hiking in and out and leave yourself enough time to take some awe-inspiring pictures.

History: In 1999, the Western Rivers Conservancy deeded land surrounding Munson Creek Falls to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Simpson Timber Company sold the land along Munson Creek to the Western Rivers Conservancy for one-half of its appraised value. Funds for the purchase were donated by the Pul Allen Protection Foundation.

Click here for more info and directions to the Munson Creek Falls State Park:


Blog contributed by Debbie Carr, Rob Trost Real Estate, Tillamook, OR

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