Twin Falls Overview
Twin Falls is the second-smallest waterfall in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. It derives its name as the cascade is split into two symmetrical sections by a section of rock most of the year. Following heavy rainfall, however, this may be hidden by the increased flow of water.
Hikers wishing to discover this small waterfall will need to hike along the Canyon Trail, or better still, complete the Trail of Ten Falls. It is on the natural path and requires no detour.
While it may not be the largest, most impressive, or most photogenic of the falls you’ll find in Silver Falls State Park, it adds a bit of interest to the hike. Find out everything you need to know for visiting Twin Falls below.
Twin Falls Quick Facts
- Location: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
- GPS Coordinates: 44.88518, -122.63702
- Height: 31ft (9.5m)
- Avg Width: 20ft (6m)
- Max Width: 40ft (12m)
- Seasonality: Twin Falls is a perennial waterfall but can be as small as a trickle in the summer or wide enough to lose the illusion of being a “twin” fall following heavy rain.
- Viewing Angles: Top-down, left side only. No access to base, right side, or front-on views.
Location of Twin Falls, Oregon and How to Get There
Driving Directions to Twin Falls
Silver Falls State Park is located on Highway 214 near Silverton, about 25 miles (40km) southeast of Salem and 55 miles (88km) south of Portland. There are four trailheads and parking lots for Silver Falls:
- South Falls Day Use Area (1.9)
- North Falls Day Use and Group Camp (0.5)
- North Falls Trailhead (1.2)
- Winter Falls Trailhead (0.8)
The closest parking lot to Twin Falls is the North Falls Day Use and Group Camp. If you are planning to spend the day picnicking and just taking a short hike to the waterfalls this is a perfect option.
However, if like most, you plan to visit multiple waterfalls you are better off parking at South Falls Day Use Area. This parking lot has the most parking spaces available, as well as facilities, including restrooms, water fountains, a cafe, and the lodge. However, it is the furthest from Twin Falls, requiring a 1.9-mile hike.
Hiking Directions to Twin Falls
As previously discussed above, there are four trailheads from which you can begin your hike. However, to truly experience Silver Falls State Park, we’d strongly suggest completing the entire 7.8 mile Trail of Ten Falls. This hike can be started from any of the trailheads and will take you past Twin Falls, as well as 9 other waterfalls.
If you wish to hike directly to Twin Falls, the shortest option will be via the Twin Falls Trail from North Falls Day Use Area. From here, 0.5-mile trail will take you directly to Twin Falls and is well signposted.
Twin Falls Photography Tips
There is very little room for creativity at Twin Falls. There is only one vantage point available to photographers, and that is from the main trail. As you cannot get to the base and it is so small, you will pretty much be just pointing straight at it and zooming in as far as you need to fill the frame.
Consider shooting Twin Falls with a long exposure to add some emotion and calm to this small cascade. By “dragging the shutter”, you can create a dreamlike, ethereal element to the image. If you are a beginner and need some help with this, check out our comprehensive guide to long exposure waterfall photography to learn everything you need to know regarding filters, settings, equipment, and technique!
Equipment for Photographing Lower South Falls
While it is possible to capture long exposure photographs of waterfalls on your iPhone using the Live Mode option, for the best possible images you may want to consider a few key pieces of photography gear:
- Camera: I use the Sony a7riii and have been in love with it ever since the first photo I took with it. However, for beginners you may wish to consider an entry level DSLR. This will allow you to start getting to grips with manual settings and decide whether photography is something you enjoy enough to invest in.
- Lens: The lens I use most frequently is the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS as the zoom lens allows for the most diversity. I also often use the Laowa 15mm F2 for shots that require a wider angle.
- Tripod: A tripod is essential if you want to create a long exposure waterfall image. When traveling, I use the Manfrotto Be Free as it’s lightweight and easy to carry on longer hikes. For times when I require something more stable, I use the Artcise Carbon Fiber Tripod.
- Filters: A Circular Polarizing (CPL) filter (CPL) or Neutral Density (ND) filter are very useful for allowing slower shutter speeds and for cutting glare on the water. The best CPL and ND filters I have found are the Quartzline from Polar Pro.
- Rain cover: Considering how much rain Silver Falls get, plus spray from the waterfalls, you may want to consider a rain cover for your camera. Another simpler, and great option, is a colorful umbrella… not only does it provide protection for you and your gear from the rain but can add a pop of color to photos!
- Microfiber cleaning cloths: You will want to bring several dry microfiber cloths to help clean your lens between shots. You will inevitably find plenty of spray getting onto the lens while photographing the waterfalls!
Other Waterfalls Nearby
If you have not already, you will definitely want to consult our comprehensive guide to The Trail of Ten Falls in Silver Falls State Park to learn about the different options for hiking, camping, and planning your visit. As the name implies, there are 9 other waterfalls near Twin Falls that are all worth visiting and exploring. These are listed below including hike times to each:
- Middle North Falls – 0.5 miles
- Drake Falls – 0.6 miles
- Winter Falls – 0.6 miles
- Lower North Falls – 0.8 miles
- Double Falls – 0.9 miles
- North Falls – 0.9 miles
- Upper North Falls – 1.4 miles
- Lower South Falls – 2.1 miles
- South Falls – 2.2 miles
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