Valsetz Quadrangle places

Drift Creek Falls

  • Drift Creek Falls is a dramatic and powerful waterfall about 15 miles east of Lincoln City (see location). It is about 66 feet tall and a 240' pedestrian suspension bridge spans a canyon overlooking the falls. The trail from the parking area to the falls is about 1.5 miles long.

  • Falls City is a small town (population ~1000) in Polk County at the boundary between the Willamette Valley and the Coast Range mountains. It is about 13 miles west of Monmouth and is 29 miles northwest of Corvallis (drive time 38 minutes) (see route).

  • This Benton County park offers a scenic hillside setting featuring a historical landmarks, a picnic shelter, hiking trails, and restrooms. The park is open from dawn to dusk. The 19 mile drive from downtown Corvallis takes about 25 minutes (see route).

  • Lincoln City is one of the larger towns on the Oregon Coast (see location).

  • Moonshine Park is located 4 miles northwest of Logsden on the banks of the Siletz River and offers day use areas and camping (see location). The 42 mile drive from downtown Corvallis takes about an hour (see route).

Old Railroad Grade

  • The Valley & Siletz Railroad operated from roughly 1920 to 1980 between the towns of Independence and Valsetz. Valsetz was a timber company town that was established in 1919 and was decommissioned and destroyed in 1984. The "Old Railroad Grade" is a road that begins at the Hancock Forest Gate about 6 miles northwest of Fort Hoskins and generally follows the route of the old rail line for about 12 miles to Valsetz.

Valley of the Giants

  • The Valley of the Giants is a 51 acre natural area that contains a stand of old-growth Douglas Firs and Western Hemlocks, many of which are over 200 feet tall and 400 to 500 years old. It is owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It is in a very remote part of the Coast Range about 35 miles northwest of Corvallis as the crow flies. From downtown Corvallis it is a 50 mile drive that takes about 2 hours (see route).

  • Valsetz was a timber company town that was established in 1919 and had a population of over 1000 in the mid-20th century. It was decommissioned by the company and destroyed in 1984. Today, you can still see some of the towns streets, the foundations of buildings and houses, and the remains of a large reservoir known as Lake Valsetz. The 37 mile drive from downtown Corvallis takes about 75 minutes (see route).

Valsetz Falls

  • Valsetz Falls is a series of cascades over a narrow rocky gorge on the Siletz River (see video) (see location).