Visiting Tumalo Falls in Oregon
Lying within the Deschutes National Forest, Tumalo Falls is about 25 minutes west of Bend, Oregon. The day use area with picnic areas and a restroom is managed by the US Forest Service. The falls viewpoints are along the North Fork Trail, which then continues on passed a few smaller waterfalls to Happy Valley.
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It’s a fairly easy drive to the falls from Bend, heading towards the Cascade mountains. The last few miles are on a gravel forest road, which means you are surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Along the way, you will see a pay station on the right side of the road to get your parking pass. Not far further up the road is the parking lot, which is most likely going to be full – but you can also park on the side of the road. During winter months, the parking lot will not be an option and cars park a couple miles back down the road.
This bridge overlooking Tumalo Creek is located near the day use area and trailhead.
Tumalo Falls Lower Viewpoint
The lower viewpoint is quite close to the parking area and provides a great view of the falls.
Tumalo Falls Upper Viewpoint
About a quarter mile walk uphill from the lower viewpoint is the upper viewpoint. Both views are great, but somehow it’s just more fun going to the top.
The falls are the star of this show, but the view of the gorge is just as impressive.
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