Watson Falls


A trip to Southern Oregon’s Rogue-Umpqua Scenic byway would not be complete without a stop at Watson Falls! Southwest Oregon's tallest waterfall, Watson Falls offers spectacular views along Watson Creek, leading to its incredibly beautiful 272-foot waterfall. 

From the trailhead, follow the steps and cross the National Forest Road to begin your journey to the falls. The trail feels like walking through a dream, with rapids along Watson Creek falling over and along basalt lava rocks that make the air cool and misty. Bring your camera and keep your eyes open - as you will see many different angles of Watson Falls as you ascend. Just past the wooden bridge, you will see a fork in the trail. Turn left toward the falls, as turning right will take you back to the trailhead (which will be for your return journey)! The trail will continue to get steep until you reach a bench and a lookout of Watson Falls. If you stand at this lookout the mist falling from the cliffs will get you wet - so be prepared to allow Oregon to wash you with joy! This beautiful hike is a wonderful way to view the lovely forestry and mother nature's powerful might. Pack a lunch, grab a pal or your kiddos - and prepare for a day full of fun!

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Watson Falls

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Average Distance: 1 mile loop

Average Elevation Gain: 550 feet 

Parking: Free, but fills up quickly on the weekends and summer months

Restrooms: Public restroom at main parking area 

Optimal Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Watson Falls is great for kids, trail running, photography, and dog walking with a leash! Be cautious of ticks and poison oak in the hotter months, and mud or slippery conditions in the cooler months.

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Take Crater Lake Highway (OR-62) East toward Crater Lake for approximately 55 miles. Continue on a slight left onto OR-230 N, past the turn-off to Crater Lake National Park for approximately 24 miles until you reach OR-138 W. Turn left toward Roseburg and continue for approximately 22 miles and look for the sign to Watson Falls and National Forest Road 37 on your left.

This wonderful treasure is a great way to spend time in nature and enjoy the natural spray of the falls. Can't get enough hiking? We can't blame you! With many lovely locations to explore, the Heart of the Rogue is full of endless possibilities just waiting for you to uncover them!

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