In this episode of the Explore Oregon Podcast, host Zach Urness talks about big new changes at Silver Falls State Park.
Park officials are planning a new trailhead and waterfall trail, a new campground and visitor’s center, all while expanding the park by upgrading a backcountry area now known as the Smith Creek Village.
Urness talked to Silver Falls manager Chris Gilliand and Brooke Gerken, operator of the new Smith Creek Village with Silver Falls Hospitality.
Urness also details other updates at the park, including the return of tree climbing, along with its growing network of backcountry trails.
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Zach Urness has been an outdoors reporter in Oregon for 15 years and is host of the Explore Oregon Podcast. To support his work, subscribe to the Statesman Journal. Urness is the author of “Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon” and “Hiking Southern Oregon.” He can be reached at zurness@StatesmanJournal.com or 503-399-6801. Find him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.