Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

4.8
#1 of 260 in Nature in Oregon
A popular destination for hiking, snowboarding, skiing, biking, and fishing, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area transitions from temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in just under 130 km (80 mi). Up to 1,200 m (4,000 ft) deep, the gorge stretches along the boundary between Washington and Oregon and contains a high concentration of waterfalls, with nearly 100 on the Oregon side alone. An important water transportation corridor for millennia, this river canyon offers you a chance to discover a sprawling world of pristine forests, streams, lakes, wetlands, and prehistoric sites. Take advantage of scenic drives, picnic areas, hiking trails, and panoramic lookouts. You can set up a tent or trailer at one of the area's designated campgrounds. Work out when and for how long to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other Oregon attractions using our handy Oregon trip itinerary site .
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  • Very famous, very crowded, but very beautiful. Even for a winter day, there were a lot of people, but we thought it was worth it.  more »
  • The waterfall is well worth seeing, especially the largest waterfall and Horsetail waterfall. The ponytail falls can be seen on the highway and are very distinctive. The biggest waterfall needs to go over a mountain, the mountain is very tired, after turning over after a 2/11 of the journey is very easy. If you think the waterfall will get your clothes wet, you bring a raincoat, but I don't think it's necessary.
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  • One of the most beautiful places in America and yet still relatively undiscovered. Pristine and wild with breathtaking views, waterfalls and a majestic river. We truly love this area. Yes, there is lots of rain but that's what makes it so green and lush.
  • Absolutely breathtaking. It is a hell of a climb to the top, but as you make your way higher and higher up the views just keep getting better. The lake was breathtaking and the trail was vibrant and full of new life. There are a lot of charred remains of the recent fire but they only add to the incredible diversity of site and smell. If you come here, it's worth coming to the top!

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