A hike! Woo-hoo! We found a hike that sounded really great...about two miles along a rushing creek, easy, little kids can do it, they said, a "great family hike"....It took us about a 45 minute drive to get there, but it was worth it, every bit! Take highway 126 out of Florence, towards Eugene. and Mapleton. Right after the bridge in Mapleton is Sweet Creek Road. Turn right and follow that road for about ten miles. There's a small paved parking lot on the right and a sign for the trailhead, to the Sweet Creek Falls.
We used our walking poles today....trail got a little narrow, a little rocky, a little bumpy underfoot with tree roots so we LOVE our walking poles. We went all the way to the end of the trail to the top of the waterfalls. There really are about 10 or 11 waterfalls along this hike in what appears to be a temperate rainforest. I read somewhere that this hike is through forest that is denser than the Amazon. It sure seemed like it....check out the photos!