What to do?
Silverton is the gateway to Silver
Falls State Park, the largest state park in
Oregon. Located 14 miles southeast of Silverton on Highway 214, the park
offers 10 different waterfalls, miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails as
well as picnicking and facilities. The Day Use Lodge built in the 1930s is
open year round and hosts an old-fashioned Christmas in December, a wildflower
exhibit in April or May, and an interpretative tribute to pre-park times at
Historic Al Faussett Days in June.
The Silver Falls Tour Route leads visitors from Interstate 5 at
Woodburn or Turner, through Silverton and Mt. Angel in a 55-mile loop
highlighted by the drive through the park.
The Gallon House Bridge is the last original covered bridge
remaining in Marion County. The bridge spans Abiqua Creek about 1 1/2 miles
northeast of Silverton. It got its name during Prohibition because it was a
drop point for bootleg whiskey between Mount Angel (a "wet" town) on
the north, and Silverton (a "dry" town on the south.) Built in 1917,
the bridge was completely refurbished in 1991.
Oregon Garden continues to grow on the Cascade
Highway at the south edge of Silverton. It is becoming a 240-acre world-class
garden to rival the top gardens in the country. It is now open to the public.
Gardens is the largest producer of bearded iris in the world. Located just
2 miles west of Silverton on Highway 213. Cooley's has been growing iris since
1928. Each year, from mid-May through early June, more than 3 million plants
blossom in nearby fields. The display gardens showcase growing plants as well
as cut flowers. This family-owned business welcomes visitors year-round.
murals adorn the sides of buildings throughout
Silverton, featuring the brushwork of prominent local artists. Designs depict Homer
Davenport, scenes of historic Silverton, the
Four Freedoms paintings by Norman Rockwell, a pioneer wagon train, the
Silverton Red Sox baseball team and other subjects.
Two city parks, on either side of Silver Creek, invite you to stop,
play and picnic. A footbridge connects Coolidge-McClaine Park on the west with
Old Mill Park and the city swimming pool on the east bank. Open during the
summer months, the pool offers lessons, lap swimming, and recreational
swimming. Silverton boasts an active, competitive swimming team.
Also on the east side of the creek is City Hall, the Community
Center Building, the Fischer Community Building and the Silver
Falls Public Library.
The Silverton County
Museum offers memorabilia from days gone
by in and around Silverton from its early beginnings in 1854. Staffed by
volunteers, the museum is open Thursdays and Sundays from 1 - 4.
A Southern Pacific Depot, built in 1906, stands next to the museum
and houses the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce and additional historic
exhibits. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Silverton walking tour brochure to
guide through the sites of historic Silverton.
Borland Gallery, home of the Silverton
Art Association, is adjacent to Coolidge-McClaine
Park. The gallery features monthly exhibits of artists from around the county.
Bowling lanes in the Silver Creek Shopping Center have tournaments
throughout the year. The historic Palace movie theater downtown is a popular
spot for the young and old on Friday nights and there are special rates on
Silverton Reservoir offers fishing, sailing, and canoeing just 21/2
miles south of downtown.
If your looking for additional things to do while in Silverton or
the surrounding area check out our community information page.