Explore Youngs River Falls

Youngs River Falls

Take a family-friendly easy walk down a path to a beautiful waterfall.

Youngs River Falls is a scenic 50-foot waterfall on Youngs River, about 15 minutes outside of Astoria. The falls are somewhat unique in that the base is located only about 10 feet above sea level From Astoria. The falls have been featured in several movies, most notably Free Willy 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3. Partially due to this fame but mostly due to its close proximity to the city of Astoria, the falls are a popular place for the locals to recreate and swim.

In Astoria, at the roundabout where US 101 and Highway 202 intersect at the east end of the Youngs Bay Bridge, head south along Highway 202 / Business 101 for a mile and a half, then continue on Business 101 where Highway 202 branches off left (straight). In another mile and a half, turn left onto Youngs River Road (101 bears sharply right before you can turn left, so stay straight at the Y intersection, then turn left at the 4-way stop immediately after). On Youngs River Road, continue another 7 1/2 miles and turn right where a sign points to Youngs River Falls, immediately before crossing a bridge over the Youngs River. The parking area is encountered shortly after, and a view of the falls is afforded almost immediately, with a short trail leading down to the rocky beach at the base of the falls.

Pack List

  • Picnic goods
  • Chairs and a cooler
  • Swimsuit and towel so you can swim/splash around
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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Very Easy Family Hike

This is a great waterfall if you are looking for a short hike for young kids. Beautiful stop to stretch your legs during that long road trip.


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