Fifteen miles East of Salem along Hwy. 213, you will find Lush scenery and the charming small town of Silverton, Oregon.
Silverton is a small city located in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon, about 45 minutes south of Portland. The city is known for its charming downtown area, which features a variety of local shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Check out our recommendations to visit below:
Silver Falls State Park
Where else can you walk behind a waterfall? The famous South Falls, with its 177-foot curtain of water you can walk behind, is part of the Trail of Ten Falls, a spectacular, nationally recognized hiking trail that weaves through a dense forested landscape. The trail passes a series of breathtaking waterfalls along a rocky canyon, and descends to a winding creek at the forest floor.
Stroll through the Oregon Garden, still growing at 80-plus acres. Then head to Silver Falls State Park, which has several miles of trails where you can see up to 10 waterfalls on foot, horseback or bicycle.
The Gordon House was built in the Wilsonville area in 1964 by Frank Lloyd Wright. In the winter of 2001 it was rescued from demolition and moved in sections to its current location in Silverton. The Gordon House is the only realized building in Oregon designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is the only Wright building in the Pacific Northwest that is open to the public. You can find the tour schedule online at https://thegordonhouse.org/
Gallon House Bridge
Built in 1916, during prohibition, this 84 foot Howe truss bridge was used as a liquor drop by bootleggers. At the time Silverton was “dry” and prohibited alcohol from being sold in town, while Mt. Angel was “wet” and residents got around the law by “giving” each other alcohol. White lightning whiskey was sold by the gallon to Silverton residents from a little ‘gallon house’ shack located n the Mt. Angel side of the bridge. about 1 mile northwest of Silverton. The Gallon House Bridge is the last covered bridge in Marion County and the oldest operational covered bridge in Oregon.
Silver Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge
Although this picturesque pedestrian bridge wasn’t designed to replicate the nearby Gallon House Bridge, it looks very similar to it. Take a stroll over Silver Creek and take in the views.
Bobbie the Wonder Dog
Check out the the statue of Bobbie the Wonder Dog next to the replica of his dog house and read about how he became a national phenomenon on the 70-foot long mural of his life.
With a delicious Northwest style menu, refreshing cold brews, and a dog friendly outdoor patio as well as cozy indoor seating, a meal at Silver Falls Brewery is a must!
The Silverton Coffee Station
Grab a delicious coffee or tea from one of the friendly baristas at The Silverton Coffee Station.