Most Oregonians know Multnomah Falls as the highest waterfall in our state. But did you know the second highest is in the Willamette Basin? Salt Creek Falls towers more than 280 feet over Salt Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork Willamette River. It is the most powerful waterfall in Southern Oregon with an average yearly flow of about 50,000 gallons per minute (enough water to supply all the water needs of a community of about 180,000 people).
Salt Creek Falls is an impressive site to visit year-round and can be easily accessed by car. Located in the Willamette National Forest, the site is maintained by the US Forest Service and features an overlook at the top of the falls, a trail to the base, and interpretive signs describing the unique geology and natural history of the area. If you go, take Highway 58 southeast of Eugene. The turnoff is about 21 miles past Oakridge just before Willamette Pass.