Jump Creek Falls and Canyon in Owyhee County, Idaho is a great place for a day trip, a short hike, and a picnic — especially, if you’re looking for a fun place to take the kids, but don’t want to or cannot spend the entire day.
The Jump Creek recreation area features four short hikes, including the 0.2 mile Jump Creek Falls Trail that leads from the area’s lower parking lot to the base of the falls. The hike actually takes less than ten minutes at an average pace — including the time it takes to ford Jump Creek at least once depending of the water level.
Once at the falls, you can swim if the weather is warm enough.
The area also has three trails on top of the canyon. The Falls Creek Overlook is fairly short and leads to a great view of the falls from above. West Rimrock Trail is a steep but short trail to the plateau between Jump Creek and Poison Creek Canyons. There is also a cutoff trail that is extremely narrow and has a couple of very steep drops. All of these are accessible from the trailhead near the upper parking area.
There are also several picnic tables and grills available. The area is only open during daylight, so you may not camp.
Access to Jump Creek is from South Jump Creek Road and Jump Creek Road, which are south and west of Marsing, Idaho near 95. The road goes through private property, so you will see some no trespassing signs encouraging you to stay on the road as well as the occasional free range cow. When you come to the first fork in South Jump Creek Road turn to the right and follow this road toward the left.