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A hike for all ages: Drift Creek Falls

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Drift Creek Falls
Drift Creek Falls

Thirty minutes from Lincoln City in the Siuslaw National Forest, lies the Drift Creek Falls Trailhead, a three mile (round-trip) semi-easy hike for all ages with a rewarding 75 foot water fall at the end.

Drift Creek Falls Suspension Bridge

Most notable about hiking Drift Creek Falls is the suspension bridge that spans 270 feet across a canyon, 100 feet off the floor. The bridge was built in 1997 by Sahale and dedicated in memory to Forest Service Construction Foreman Scott Paul, who lost his life in a tragic rigging accident while working on the project. The bridge offers a birds-eye view of Drift Creek Falls and moves a little when multiple hikers are occupying it, possibly posing a problem for those afraid of heights.

Drift Creek Falls hike

The trail is well maintained and peppered by small bridges leading up to the suspension bridge. A wisecracking parent can fool small children by telling them: “this is the bridge I was talking about.”

Drift Creek Falls Lincoln City

Seven posts mark the trail and when it’s crowded –which happens often in the summer — voices can be heard: “Ok, we’re at number five, only two more to go!”

At the bottom of the trail near the falls, there is a hidden area through the bushes marked by post No. 7. Once through the “jungle,” the area opens up to Drift Creek, where small children can play away from the waterfall.

Drift Creek

Drift Creek Falls Hidden Area

The hike back to the trailhead is more inclined than the trip down, and more likely than not, the time to take water breaks. Many fathers traveling the trail could be seen carrying small children on their shoulders on the way out.

Drift Creek Falls is an impressive sight that should be on your list of things to see while visiting Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast.

Justin Werner
I'm publisher of Lincoln City Homepage. Also the web guy, photographer, cameraman, video editor, sportswriter, tech support, beat reporter, cat trainer and e-bike enthusiast. I have a passion for telling people's stories and keeping my fellow citizens informed.

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  1. Beautiful. Going there next trip. We went to Drift Creek covered bridge last time we were there. Is there anyway you can let me know if it survived the fires. I had heard that Otis burnt and was worried about bridge. Thank you for any info.

  2. The day the man was killed, I
    I was bow hunting. I was walking down the creek and heard what sounded like motorcycles. Knowing there was no roads around, I proceeded down the creek about a hundred yards and saw some people on top of the place where the bridge was being built. I sat down on a log and watched, all of a sudden I saw a man hooked to a line around his leg. About 15 feet from the bank he come loose and fell from the top to the bottom. I run down to him but it was to late to help him. I was a terrible accident to witness. I think about it every time the I hear the word Drift Falls.


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