This is, in fact, a pretty sweet creek, but it is actually named for the Sweet family who settled here in the 1800s. This wet, remote little valley, prone to flooding and far from civilization, must have been a challenging place to farm. Sweet Creek flows into the Siuslaw River, though, which was the highway of the time, and ample rainfall would have grown vigorous crops. Small farms still dot the area, but Sweet Creek is now owned by the Forest Service.
To find the trailhead, drive 15 miles east of Florence or 46 miles west of Eugene to Mapleton. Go over the bridge and turn west (right) on Sweet Creek Road. Follow this small, paved road for about ten miles and turn right into
The Forest Service provides some trail information on this link. If you wish to combine this hike with a trip to the coast, be sure to check out the main Siuslaw National Forest site for campgrounds and activities. Florence is a fun town to visit any time of the year, and Dunes City (just south of town) offers sand-based entertainment in the form of OHV rentals and sand boards. Fishing, hiking, and boating are also popular in the Florence area, and it will doubtless appear in many future postings on this site.