Smith Creek Village: Cozy cottage in the Oregon forest at Silver Falls State Park

Even when you’re about to take a big trip, sometimes a small trip helps you recharge. At Smith Creek Village in Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park, we found a tucked-away getaway with easy access to hiking trails and waterfalls. Plus, our cabin’s full kitchen, central heating, and well-appointed bathroom gave us lots of home-away-from-home comforts and conveniences.

We wanted a getaway where we could still stay on top of work and school, while also enjoying nature and a change of scene. As January trudged toward February, we were getting ready for a big 6-week popup camping road trip. Before heading to the deserts, cities, and beaches of California, we wanted to squeeze one more trip into our magical Oregon forests.

After all, when you’re ready for a little work and school getaway, it’s hard to top a cozy little cottage in the woods, and Smith Creek Village gave us a magical stay in one of Oregon’s most iconic places.

We want to thank Smith Creek Village for hosting our stay. Our opinions, however, are our own.

About Smith Creek Village

The cabins, cafe, meeting halls, and grounds of Smith Creek Village have been the site of vacations, family reunions, business meetings, weddings, and more. Nestled in Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park, Smith Creek Village gives you a getaway feel, yet you’re less than 30 minutes from the nearby town of Silverton.

Cabins vary in size, capacity, and amenities. Our family of four stayed in the Calypso Cottage, which had a separate bedroom for the parents, and in the front room, two daybeds for the kids. With a big, lovely dual shower and a separate jet tub, we could also unwind after days in the January woods, exploring trails and hiking the iconic waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park.

There’s a cafe on site for breakfast, lunch, and snack options. It helps to bring in some groceries to make dinner, and the full kitchen in our cottage made it easy to prep our own meals.

About Silver Falls State Park

Did you know you can walk behind this incredible waterfall? And, the trailhead is only a few minutes away from Smith Creek Village!

Smith Creek Village is tucked right inside Silver Falls State Park. With over 9,200 acres of forest, canyons, rivers, backcountry, day use areas, and much, much more, Silver Falls is one of the most popular places to visit in the entire Beaver State.

The park is best known for its iconic waterfalls, such as walk-behind Silver Falls. You can also explore falls via the 8-mile Trail of Ten Falls—but it’s also easy to break that up into smaller sections.

Get away while still getting things done

Our trip to Smith Creek Village gave us a change of scene, while still taking care of work and school. Staying here touched our hearts and recharged our spirits—so that we could be ready to come home and get ready for our big 6-week California Disneyland and Coastal Camping Adventure.

About the author
Learners and Makers
We are the St. Clair Family: Anthony, Jodie, Connor, and Aster. As Learners and Makers, our family of four slows down, connects, and enjoys the world and each other's company. We have been traveling full time since 2022.