Silver Falls State Park - Big Foot Walk
5 km. (3.1 miles), 7 km. (4.3 miles), 8 km. (5 miles), or 11 km. (6.8 miles), all rated moderate.
This walk is all within a gem of Oregon State Parks, featuring waterfalls, a surging stream, and forest. All routes go behind South Falls, then continue back up through the campground (the shorter walk) or through the canyon beside the rushing stream (with alternate routes to return though the forest to the start point). Your webpage editor considers this the number one Volkswalk in Oregon (it has been ranked in the top 10 in the United States). The natural trail may be damp from the spray of the river and the waterfalls, and there are some big steps to go up and down, so be sure to wear good walking/hiking boots, use walking sticks if you are used to them, and carry adequate water.
Carpools leave the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield, at 8 a.m. and return there about 4 p.m. Each rider pays the driver $5 to help cover car expenses. Following the walk, the carpoolers will probably have lunch together in the large grassy park area, either purchasing from the park concessionaire or bringing a sack lunch.
People traveling to the park on their own should plan to meet the carpoolers in the park (South Falls Day Use Area) at about 9:30 a.m. The park address is 20024 Silver Falls Hwy. SE, either Sublimity or Silverton. Or, they may do the walk on their own, starting from the Volkswalk registration area in the park anytime from 8 a.m. to noon.
Explicit directions to the park, and further details of the walk, can be found by clicking on the "Other Oregon Events" bar at the top left of this page and scrolling down to 7/13. Alternately, the same information on this and thousands of other Volkswalks and Volksbikes throughout the United States can be obtained by clicking on the "National Events" bar on this page, then "Events" and following the prompts. The National Events page also has a link to Volkswalks in Canada and 39 other countries (click on "About Us" and "IVV Website").