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Cascadia State Park, Cascadia

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Cascadia State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon near Sweet Home along the South Santiam River at Cascadia. The park includes a day use area, campsites, hiking trails and 150 foot Lower Soda Creek Falls.
Prior to settlers arriving, groups from the Molalla and Kalapuya tribes visited the park site to harvest huckleberries, fish and hunt. Cascadia Cave is nearby. The cave is an 8,000-year-old American Indian petroglyph site considered to have the largest concentration of rock engravings in western Oregon.
Willamette Valley settlers developed a bypass at the park site for horse-drawn wagons. Old wagon ruts are still visible near where Soda Creek meets the South Santiam River.
In 1896, George Geisendorfer opened a resort to capitalize on what he called the "curative powers" of Soda Creek's mineral spring water. The resort included a hotel, tennis courts, croquet course, garden and bowling alley. The hotel later burned and the property was acquired by the state of Oregon in 1940.
Cascadia State Park includes two primary hiking trails. The one mile Soda Creek Falls Trail follows Soda Creek to Lower Soda Creek Falls. The 3/4 mile loop River Trail descends to the South Santiam River.
A forest canopy of Douglas-Fir, cedar and hemlock shades the ground, encouraging the growth of ferns, mosses and mushroom species. Wildflowers include Oregon trout lily, fairy slipper, western trillium, camas, fawn lily, Hooker’s fairy bells, snow queen, false Solomon’s-seal, stream violet, Oregon Iris and Pacific bleeding heart.
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  • Beautiful quiet well-kept park with very friendly hosts. Ample and fairly private campsites with good balance of sun and shade. Restrooms were immaculately maintained with soap towels and running... 
    Beautiful quiet well-kept park with very friendly hosts. Ample and fairly private campsites with good balance of sun and shade. Restrooms were immaculately maintained with soap towels and running...  more »
  • This is a very beautiful park with some history. Back in the late 1800's people traveled by horse and buggy to get to this location because of the healing waters. Now the healing waters have been... 
    This is a very beautiful park with some history. Back in the late 1800's people traveled by horse and buggy to get to this location because of the healing waters. Now the healing waters have been...  more »
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  • Just a short little walk to get down to the water. The water had sooooo many gorgeous colored rocks! If you're a rock collector, I definitely recommend checking this place out. I went to find lower soda falls, and I found a smaller waterfall than what I've seen online. If anyone knows how to get to it, I'd love the advice! It would also be a good place to camp in the summertime, the water is a bit too fast to swim in it though.
  • A nice campground in a beautiful setting at reasonable price. A very nice hiking trail along a steeply rising creek starts at the campground. Showers available though I didn’t partake. While not directly beside the highway like some of the campgrounds, still close enough to get a little noise, though not enough to be bothersome. And, middle of the night owls hooting to (at?) each other were a very nice feature!

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