Silverton OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Silver Falls State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.
Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents . Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.
Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: South Falls Lodge Porch
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, two-mile hike
Contact information: (503) 873-8681
Additional details: The hike will start with a one-mile loop on the Rim Trail/Bike Trail to explore the temperate rain forest. The second half of the hike will explore the park’s geology and history and will pass behind the South Falls. Hike recommended for children six years and older. Baby strollers are not recommended. Dogs are permitted on the first half of the hike with a six-foot leash, but are not permitted on the second half of the hike.
Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.
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