Watson Falls (near Diamond Lake, Ore.)

Rating (Out of 5): 4.5

Location: Near Roseburg/Diamond Lake

Distance: 1.2 miles round-trip

Difficulty: Easy/moderate

Camping: Not on the trial

Quick hit: This majestic waterfall is the highest in southwest Oregon, plunging 272 feet over the edge of a basalt lava flow. The trail is easy, fairly short and features outstanding views at every turn.

A wooden bridge crosses Watson Creek .3 mile from the trailhead, and offers an excellent view of the falls. The trail ends at base that comes close enough to the falls that you can feel the spray.

Directions: From Roseburg, follow Highway 138 east along the North Umpqua River until you hit milepost 60.5. Turn right onto Road 37 briefly, then turn right at a large sign for Watson Falls. The trailhead is begins from a large parking area.

For more info: http://www.co.douglas.or.us/parks/brochures/north_umpqua_river.pdf

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