Frank S. Warner—a settler of the Middle Fork Willamette River valley—and a Native American named Charles Tufti discovered the falls in March 1887.
Salt Creek Falls is easily accessible by car year-round. From Interstate 5, take Oregon Route 58. The day use area is about 21 miles (34 km) east of Oakridge, and about 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Willamette Pass. The U.S. Forest Service charges a $5 day use fee, but people with a Northwest Forest Pass may park there without the extra fee. There is a viewing platform near the top of the falls, as well as a hiking path down to the bottom.