Portions of the 2003 action-thriller film “The Hunted” were shot in the park, as were scenes for the 1981 horror flick “Just Before Dawn” and the 2010 movie “Yogi Bear.”
But none have achieved the fame and devotion of the 2008 film “Twilight," based on Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name, which shot a few scenes within the park’s verdant confines. The opening deer-hunting scene was filmed in the park, as was the climbing scene where Edward (played by Robert Pattinson) tells Bella (played by Kristen Stewart), "You'd better hold on tight, spider monkey." (The line has since become one of the film’s most quoted.)
Today, an Oregon Film Trail sign sits at the Howard Creek Trailhead parking lot, near where the deer-hunting scene was shot. Silver Falls State Park is open, but please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distance. And if you can’t make it to the park, “Twilight” is available to rent on major streaming services (such as Redbox, Amazon, YouTube, and Vudu) and can be streamed via Showtime and DIRECTV (with a paid subscription).