Alsea Falls Recreation Site

About the Alsea Falls Recreation Site

This recreation site features dramatic waterfalls, hiking trails, a campground, and some of the best mountain biking in our area. It is on the Alsea Backcountry Byway, about halfway between the towns of Alsea and Alpine (see Google map). The beautiful South Fork of Alsea River flows through the area. In the late fall, you may see salmon spawning there (see video below). Two significant waterfalls are in the vicinity. Alsea Falls is in the Recreation Site proper and is about 20' tall. Green Peak Falls is 60 feet tall and is located at the end of a mile long trail beginning at privately-owned Hubert McBee Memorial Park, which is 1 mile northwest of the recreation site (see video below). The Alsea Falls Mountain Biking Area is on the south side of the Alsea Backcountry Byway across from the recreation site and campground. The site is operated by the Bureau of Land Management and a day-use fee is charged (as of 2022 it was $5). The campground is open from 4/30 to 10/31 and offers 21 reservable campsites, with potable water, fire rings, picnic tables, and vault toilets, and is open from 4/30 to 10/31. More information about the area, including routes, is presented below.


Alsea Falls Gravel Loop

12 miles; +1000'; 81% unpaved

xAlsea Backcountry Byway

19 miles; +1150'; 100% paved

South Mountain Road

19 miles; +1650'; 29% unpaved

Hiking trail map

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Spawning salmon

This was filmed on 11/13/17 at Hubert McBee Memorial Park at the confluence of the South Fork of the Alsea River and Green Peak Creek. I believe they may be coho salmon.

Green Peak Falls

The trail to Green Peak Falls begins at privately-owned Hubert McBee Memorial Park, which is 1 mile northwest of Alsea Falls Recreation Site.