Old-Growth Forests & Rushing Waterfalls
Salt Springs State Park is nestled in the Endless Mountains just north of Montrose. As the name suggests, these gently rolling mountains seem to stretch on for eternity. The mountains give Salt Springs State Park a rural charm, not to mention the creeks, forests, and the bubbling spring that gave the park its name.
More than 12 miles of trails guide visitors through the beautiful park lands. The popular Fall Brook Trail passes three waterfalls and a gorge, while the Hemlock Trail and Woodland Trail meander through one of the last old-growth forests in the state. In 2021, the park’s Fall Brook Natural Area was inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network with trees estimated to be more than 300 to 500 years old.
Other trails range in difficulty and cross diverse habitats. On the trails, keep an eye out for birds—more than 150 species have been spotted in the park. Two creeks cross the park and provide great spots to relax or fish for trout, which is stocked in the creeks each Spring.
For the full outdoor experience, stay overnight at one of Salt Spring’s campsites. The park offers rustic tent sites, cabins that can be reserved, and campsites with picnic tables and fire rings.
The Friends of Salt Springs Park is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Operating the park through a cooperative agreement with DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks, the Friends’ mission is to preserve and improve the facilities of Salt Springs State Park,and to develop its potential for recreational, environmental,and historical education purposes.
The Friends owns 437 acres adjacent to the park’s southern border, which also is open for public access.