Tucked away in the Cascades foothills between Lebanon and Sweet Home, Oregon, past fields of filberts and blueberries and quietly grazing livestock is a beautiful county park. McDowell Creek Park is situated on a curvy country road. The park boasts a 1.6 mile loop trail, though most people just do an out and back hike to see the waterfalls. The rest of the hike winds around through the forest and takes you out at the top of Royal Terrace Falls before descending down a steep stone staircase.
Near Majestic Falls there is a bridge and stair system that is beautiful its simplicity. It spans the creek, edges out to a viewpoint of the falls, and winds up the rock face to another viewpoint at the top. From here you can choose to continue your hike up and around or double back.