Over the course of maybe 12 days my wife and I saw 13 waterfalls, actually probably 17 waterfalls but only took pictures of 13 of them. After a while, not sure if everyone has experienced this but like when you go to a museum and see amazing works of art, by the end of the day your just a looked fried and whether it be a Picasso or something from your little sister it all looks the same. Now I don’t recommend checking these things out at such a pace. Many trails I was booking past day hikers in their swim clothes looking to enjoy a dip in the river while I huffed past them with my equipment trying to get in and out too quickly. But the ability to see some world class falls in such a short period of time is so cool.
I would recommend Abiqua Falls for sure. I want to go back and see it in the heart of winter. Its also not too far from the Silver Falls area which was a mad house, we drove another 40 minutes and down a dirt road and found ourselves completely alone. And you may end up pulling out a teenager who got his truck stuck in a mud puddle up to his mirrors.
Punchbowl falls was a little busy for my taste but looked like a great swimming hole. Ramona Falls we did as a overnight backpacking trip was really beautiful and a nice hike as well. And last of my recommendations from our short time was the Oneonta Gorge and Falls. Now those who know the area might think I’m crazy because its just so dang busy. We scouted it one evening and there was probably a thousand plus people there. It was hot and all the Portland crazies came out in all shapes and sizes, the log jam itself to get into the gorge was probably a 30 minute wait. That’s not really our scene, so we cam back the next morning at around 7am. We had the place to ourselves and it was awesome. When we saw it it was pretty low water levels and I can imagine that seeing it at higher levels would be really pretty.