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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s

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Sahalie & Koosah Falls

Two of 7 Waterfall Wonders in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Region

Sahalie and Koosah Falls are located along the McKenzie River in the Cascade Mountains.

  • Sahalie Falls is a mass of foaming white water plunging 100 feet (30 m) over a natural lava dam. This famous falls can be spotted in Disney's movie Homeward Bound.
  • The viewing platform is less then 100 feet (30 m) from the parking lot. Making for a quick and very rewarding stop.
  • An easy family-friendly 2.6 mile (4.1843 km) loop trail starts at Sahalie Falls and connects to Koosah Falls. It is not wheelchair accessible due to stairs. The trail borders the McKenzie River through towering forest.
  • Koosah Falls drops approximately 70 feet (21 m) into a deep pool. 

"This is my favorite waterfall in Oregon. The air there is amazing, I can't explain it but once you've stood in the viewing area you'll know what I mean." - Samara Phelps, Portland

"Of all the places to get out of the car and take a break, Sahalie is the best! With a short walk, restrooms and parking it's an ideal family rest stop. The first time we discovered it, none of us wanted to get back in the car. We were rooted to the spot, enraptured by the powerful falls."- Taj Morgan, Web Content Manager


  • Both sites have parking areas, but Koosah Falls has a larger parking area and may be less crowded. There is a short hike from Koosah Falls to Sahalie Falls
  • Parking alongside the highway is discouraged as it is not safe. If you do park along the highway, pull your car all the way off the road. Do not park along the road in the winter as it is very dangerous
  • Accessible restrooms with vault toilet at Sahalie Falls only
  • Sahalie Falls observation deck is wheelchair accessible
  • Willamette National Forest - McKenzie River Ranger Station
  • No fee or permits needed


Directions: Northeast of McKenzie Bridge off Hwy 126. For Koosah Falls Day Use Area turn at Ice Cap Campground / Koosah Falls sign. For access to Sahalie Falls Day Use Area go north another .5 mile (.804667 km) and turn into the parking lot signed for Sahalie.


Koosah Falls

  • Hwy 126, near milepost 5, McKenzie Bridge OR 97413
  • P: 541.822.3381

Sahalie Falls

  • Hwy 126, near milepost 5, McKenzie Bridge OR 97413
  • P: 541.822.3381