Grotto Falls is one of the more well known waterfalls in the Umpqua River watershed. The falls plunge 80 feet in two segments over a deeply undercut cliff within a dark recess which gives the falls its name. The cliff behind the falls is punctuated by a series of small caves at its base. The creek can range from a small trickle to a small river after heavy snowmelt, in which case the falls may take on the characteristics of a 'Curtain' type waterfall.
- Grotto Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
Grotto Falls was named for the deeply undercut cliffs and the dark recess where the falls are located. The stream is a tributary of Emile Creek and is often referred to as being on Emile Creek itself. Emile Creek was named for Emile Shivigny, a French settler who homesteaded in the area in 1875.
Drive east from Roseburg to the small town of Glide, and turn south on the signed Little River Road. Follow the Little River Road for 16 miles to signed Road # 2703, and turn left. Follow Road 2703, which is generously covered with washboard, for 4.4 miles to Road 2703-150 (signed for Grotto Falls), turn left again and follow for another 2.2 miles to the trailhead just beyond the concrete bridge over Emile Creek (note - there is no sign with "Grotto Falls" labeled, but there is a trailhead sign). Follow the easy trail up a few switchbacks to the falls in 1/3 mile.