COLUMBIA GORGE WATERFALLS SLIDESHOW Adobe Flash Player Required
This Gallery is a snapshot of what you
see when you travel the Historic Columbia River Highway. You encounter
the magnificence of falling water...from the 620 foot cascade of Multnomah
Falls to the twisting ripples of Bridal Veil Creek. There are 77
recognized waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia! Here is an
Oregon map of the proximity of the major
points of interest on this well maintained road built in the early 1920's
by the National Park Service.
As you travel from Portland to The Dalles, you first take notice of Vista House, then Latourell Falls, then your attention turns to the Basalt Overhang showing the difficulty in making the road and rock work that edges it's steep cliffs. Bridal Veil Falls State Park with it's unique cascading water and pungent woods is next. In addition to Shepperd's Dell Falls there are great views from the bridge of the Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area. Next you pass Wahkeena Falls and come to the most visited natural attraction in Oregon... Multnomah Falls.
A hike from the highway brings you to Oneonta Gorge, then back to the Highway to see lacy Horsetail Falls and then on to Elowah Falls taking you further and further east. Past Elowah Falls is Wahclella Falls (also known as Tanner Creek Falls), then Lancaster Falls, then Starvation Creek Falls. Between Mosier and the Dalles comes the interesting switchback part of the Historic Columbia River Highway called Rowena Loop as well as fine views of the Columbia River from Tom McCall Preserve. Stop by the Bonneville Sturgeon Center and Fish Hatchery to see or be seen by a curious Sturgeon !
The road and trails of the "Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area" undertook a renovation from 1986 to 1998 making this All-American Road a treat to travel.
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Last Updated 2-16-2017