McDowell Creek County Park
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American Dippers are featured here at a relatively low elevation along McDowell Creek and near the falls. The park also features Majestic and Royal Terrace Falls along a 3-mi trail on McDowell Creek, a tributary of the S Santiam River. The falls have bridges and viewing decks. Look and listen for typical mixed forest species, including nesting Black-headed Grosbeak, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and Black-throated Gray and Wilson?s Warblers. The road leading to the parking areas is good for viewing butterflies in summer.
Approximately 4 mi E of Lebanon, turn N off US Hwy 20 and follow Fairview Rd E 0.9 mi to McDowell Creek Dr. Take McDowell Creek Dr N for 7.5 mi to the park’s lower parking lot. A second parking lot (gravel, no restrooms) is another 0.2 mi up the road.