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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

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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. Add Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other attractions to your Underwood trip itinerary using our Underwood holiday planner.
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  • It is a great scenic drive with very short to none hike to waterfalls. Great trip to do with young kids. Vista point is a good place to start and don't miss all the less known waterfalls. We also did ...  more »
  • The Gorge has the most gorgeous scenery imaginable. The view from Vista House is wonderfully impressive, and everybody knows about Multnomah Falls. What a way to spend a couple of days!  more »
  • Easy to drive along to stop and hike around. Gorgeous area! Book a hotel or two ahead of time so you can take your time. Easy drive from Portland if you want to do it in one day, though.  more »
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  • I've been fortunate enough to live here my entire life, and the Columbia River Gorge is absolutely beautiful. Natural beauty wise, it's on par with the top National Parks, except it's right near a major metropolitan area and has a major freeway and railroad running through it. If you're willing to explore and get creative, there are always new views and places to see. What a Wonder historic Highway 30 must have been back in its heyday. Be smart one hiking though, some areas of which are known to have poison oak and ticks can be found in the area as well, especially east of Cascade Locks. However, don't let that discourage you from enjoying this beautiful. Just be smart when your Outdoors. If this is your first time visiting, check out some of the visitor centers or look into the history of the area. It's really quite fascinating.
  • "a natural beauty should be preserved like a monument to nature"......the Gorge is amazing in the summer when it's hot you can always find cool forested areas...in the winter when it's freezing and icy the waterfalls along hwy 30 are spectacular...the vistas near Mosier are picture worthy year around. the one thing I would request is that more visitors (and locals) respect the Gorge....stay on the designated trails, do not disturb or feed the wildlife and clean up after yourselves....no one should know you've been there....
  • Walking around the gorge is like walking in the open palm of God. Life spurts and blooms wherever your neck rotates. The air that surrounds you differs from the stark and whimsically dry drought that creeps and stalks among the city places and it's inhabitants. This place is amazing and is great when visited with friends, but in my opinion, is best fully experienced and explored when your own soul is alone to be free and interact with your fears and dreams in this place of piercing peace.
  • I visited the Twin Tunnels, and wasn't expecting it to be so busy. Mostly bikers along the paved trail, some families too. Not ideal if you like to be secluded and emerse yourself in nature. Pretty views, worth the trip but its more for an afternoon stroll not hiking.
  • Love to hike in the gorge! My favorite is angel's rest near bridal veil. Relatively short and definitely sweet, takes about 1.5 hours up and back down, very good views from the top!