Highway of Waterfalls
Hike to Susan Creek Falls Off of Oregon’s Highway of Waterfalls
Something you’ll notice when driving in Southern Oregon: The highways are beautiful. And perhaps none more enchanting than the Highway of Waterfalls.
The stretch of Highway 138 east of Roseburg goes along the wild and scenic section of the North Umpqua River—and more than a dozen waterfalls. Yes, a dozen. One not to miss: Susan Creek Falls. It’s an easy and wheelchair-accessible 0.8-mile out-and-back journey to the 50-foot waterfall.
The hike through the forest is well signed, enchanting, and fragrant, with plenty of information on foliage like western hemlock and red cedar trees. There’s some poison oak, too. Hiking here on a late summer afternoon is ideal, with fewer people on the trail, and the forest dappled in golden rays. You may even have the waterfall to yourself. Be sure to cross the bridge for a better vantage of the pool at the base of the falls.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST: In the episode “Road Trip to Spectacular: National Park, Hot Springs & Hikes” the Weekend Sherpa team discuss their adventures in Southern Oregon and visiting Susan Creek Falls.
The trailhead for Susan Creek Falls is at the Susan Creek Recreation Site along Hwy. 138, 29 miles east of Roseburg.
2020 Travel: Here’s more information on Southern Oregon’s health guidelines and updates.
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