People call it the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you know why. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national—and international—stage. Its beauty, boundless recreational opportunities and historic presence keep it there. Nestled in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, less than an hour east of the state capital of Salem, the sprawling 9,200 acre property is the largest state park in Oregon, and one of the most popular.
The Judy Schmidt Memorial Skate Park is located on the West side of Silverton adjacent to the Silverton Dog Park and the Silverton Senior Center. Phase I of the park was completed in 2013. The park was named after and dedicated to former City Council member and avid volunteer, Judy Schmidt, in 2017. Activities include variety of skate surfaces including bowls, rails and ramps
Silver Creek Reservoir also known as Silverton Reservoir is a sixty-five-acre impoundment on Silver Creek located in the Cascade foothills 2.5 miles southeast of the city of Silverton, Oregon, United States on Oregon Route 214. The reservoir serves the purpose of flood control on the creek. Wikipedia
A stunning, 80-acre botanical garden, featuring more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty of the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Northwest. We have educational specialty gardens for everyone, from the Sensory Garden and Rose Garden to the Children’s Garden and Pet-Friendly Garden. On site is a visitor center and gift shop as well as a nursery to buy plants for your home that were grown right here in the garden. We have 4 miles of ADA paths, and we are pet-friendly.
Abiqua Falls is part of the same geological formation as the waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park, and in fact is not far from there as the crow flies (although significantly longer in distance when going by road). It is completely unsigned, and the trail is a bit rough, but it’s worth it
The Silverton Chamber of Commerce invites you to explore and learn about the medley of treasures we have to share. Founded in 1854, Silverton is a historic town with stately homes shaded by grand old oak trees nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
Displays focusing on the history of Silverton, including Homer Davenport, Silverton Red Sox, June Drake, Logging, Schools and much more. Also assistance is available for family and home research. A newsletter is published monthly and is available from the museum and at our website, www.silvertonmuseum.com
Silverton has more murals than most towns in Oregon – and they are impressive. Thanks to the efforts of the Silverton Mural Society and seven local artists, an array of murals was created between 1992 and 2013 to capture the uniqueness of the small town with myriad personalities and historical features. “Silverton is very proud of its murals and the heritage they represent in our community,” says Mayor Rick Lewis. “We have people coming from all over the world to see our murals,” says Jim Squires, president and a co-founder of SMS, which formed in 1992. “The first mural was Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” in 1992. Now we’re up to 31 murals that we maintain. We have another 15 ready to go up. We’re making sure every mural looks like new until we put up any more.” Original article
Built in 1916, the Gallon House Bridge is the last covered bridge, as well as the oldest bridge, in Marion County, and one of the oldest bridges in Oregon. The 84 foot Howe truss bridge is located over Abiqua Creek a little more than a mile northwest of Silverton.
The Silverton Freedom Memorial Plaza is located in Town Square Park. The Fallen Heroes War Memorial was dedicated in November of 2015 to honor those in the community who gave their lives for freedom. The memorial is ADA accessible and has several seating areas.
Coolidge McClaine Park is rich with history, located adjacent to Silver Creek. The property is generously treed for shade in summer and has a variety of amenities including playground structures for two age groups, reservable picnic areas and a covered pavilion with kitchen, BBQ grills, horseshoe pits and more.
The Silverton Community Swimming Pool is managed by the Silver Falls Family YMCA and is open to the public year round except for brief shut downs for maintenance. The pool was completely upgraded in 2001 adding a pool cover which allows the pool to be open through the winter. The pool is a fitness and recreation facility open to people of all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Pool facilities include a diving board, full ADA access, locker rooms and a separate children’s pool.
The monks of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon form a Benedictine community founded in 1882 from the Abbey of Engelberg in Switzerland. We maintain a monastic tradition that has been a vital part of the Roman Catholic Church for more than 1,500 years. Responding to God’s call to holiness and preferring nothing whatsoever to Christ, we dedicate ourselves, under a Rule and an abbot to a life of prayer and work. We strive to support one another in community, to serve God, the Church, and the larger society. We do this as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist together, pray the Liturgy of the Hours five times daily in choir, and devote ourselves to reading and silence.
Old-fashioned 1-screen movie house & concession stand with retro decor & a nostalgic feel. The historic Palace Theatre in Silverton first opened in 1936, it was a ‘state of the art’ movie theatre. The latest in digital projection systems, the best available sound system – in a building designed and constructed from the ground up to be a perfect getaway from real life to drama, comedy, fantasy and adventure. In continuous operation since then, we are now fully digital, and after a five-month hiatus to rebuild after a pesky fire, we are back in the saddle, with one of the best movie deals in the Valley.
Offering family camping, group camping, Yurt rentals, RV sites, tent sites, Tee Pee rentals, paintball parties, zip lines, rock climbing wall, gold panning, disc golf, and much much more! Camp Dakota is Oregon’s best place for outdoor family fun and adventure. Located in the cascade foothills between Silverton and Molalla, we have 45 acres of fun filled forest. Activities included paintball, zip lines, high ropes challenge course, 18 hole disc golf course, gold panning, RC car racing, and a tomahawk range. Camping options include yurt rentals, tent sites, RV sites, and tee pee rentals. For additional information visit our website at www.campdakota.com