Hiking Through Misty Bliss in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
Hike through the winding paths of the Silver Falls State Park forest, where fresh air floods your lungs, blacktail deer dart between trees, and maidenhair ferns reach out at you with tapered fingers. After an uphill climb, rest in the cave behind the towering South Falls; its rapids descend before you as a massive sheet of white, and its rhythmic roar drowns out all other sounds, compelling auditory surrender. Around you, blue-green moss coats the cave like fur; above you, swifts and swallows soar, seemingly held aloft by the pulsing energy of the falls. As you descend to the foot of the waterfall, a silver mist rises and envelops you—blurring your vision, cooling your body, clearing your mind.