From Lincoln City, take Highway 101 south to through Cutler City to Drift Creek Road, then turn right on South Drift Creek for .25 miles, and another left onto Rd 17 for 10 miles to the trailhead. It can also be accessed from Highway 18 by turning south on Bear Creek Road for 3.5 miles and conitnuing straight on Road 17 for 7 miles to the trailhead.
The Drift Creek Falls trail winds through typical coastal forests of small second-growth trees, along side clear cuts, and next to nice little creeks. The hike is pretty enjoyable though and ends with the Thundering Drift Creek Falls and a cool (and a little scary) suspension bridge. The hike is not too difficult, and would probably be great for a family outing along the coast.
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Just a couple of days ago the face of the waterfall collapsed, so while it's no longer so nicely craggy and picturesque, you can see the immediate effects of a rockslide.
A nice trail with few people even on a Saturday in August. Also the Drift Creek Covered Bridge, on the drive to the falls, is a nice attraction.
A very easy, nice hike for the family. The 240 foot long 100 foot high suspension bridge is the crown of the trail.