Southern Oregon’s Secret Gem
South Umpqua Falls with kids
We FINALLY headed out to South Umpqua Falls after having it on our summer bucket list forever. And it did not disappoint.
There is absolutely no hike to the falls. You drive right up to it, hop out and head down the trail right to the water. We have been when the water was VERY shallow, and also when it’s been much higher.
We had our picnic lunch at the picnic tables right there by the parking lot after the long 2 hour drive (which made me incredibly car sick :/), and built up our courage to jump into the freezing cold water!
Tanner, Harper and I were the bravest of all to go down the waterfalls. Yes, Harper! can you believe it?? She has gotten so brave the last few months. She even held frogs and she use to be scared of ladybugs!!
The waterfalls were beautiful and exhilarating, but this was my favorite part – the shallow pools of water full of frogs, fish, and crawdads.
I can’t even tell you how many frogs and crawdads we caught. We all had a blast. Especially Fitz. Shallow pools of water he could finally splash around in and of course… throw about a billion rocks into.
So, Tanner came prepared and surprised us all with our own wetsuits. GENIUS!
The sizes were a little off for our tiny ones, so they all had to size down. Violet wore Harper’s, Harper wore Fitz’s, and Fitz refused to get in all the way anyway.
We spent all day at the falls, realizing how wonderful the outdoors is for the body and soul. The kids got a long, shared, played together without any fighting or screaming. It really is God’s Playground, and exploring it is my happy place.
The falls really exceeding our expectations and can’t wait to return! (just may take some time before i can stomach those turns again)