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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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  • Great view for all. For those with mobility issues you can stand at the bottom and get great pictures. For others you can walk up to the bridge and get a closer look. For those who have the time and i...  more »
  • We have driven by this SOO many times without making the time to stop. This time we did And....WOW! Beautiful, serene, awe inspiring. The bridge is spectacular. Had no idea they had this. A bit of a h...  more »
  • We followed the Columbia River Gorge from roughly around the Hood River down to Portland. Being from West Virginia originally, we were amazed at how wide the Columbia River is. If you have time, I hig...  more »
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  • Amazingly beautiful drive with almost unlimited hiking along the way. If you aren't in any rush getting somewhere, this route is well worth travelling.
  • Fantastic views, well kept trails. A must see if you're in the area, just be careful on the roads they are pretty narrow.
  • Great scenery, but a windy, two lane highway requires an attentive driver.
  • We spent the day driving around the Columbia River Gorge. This is an absolutely beautiful area. Many waterfalls, including Multumah, Bridal Veil, Horse Tail and others. We hiked to the top of two of the falls and it is quite a hike but well worth it. If you are in Portland, Oregon this is a must. We had a wonderful time and finished off the day by having dinner at Tad's Chicken and Dumplings.
  • This place is absolutely beautiful. It has great hiking areas and great scenes. The air is so fresh. I was shocked that the only live things I saw were snails. No pesky bugs or animals to speak of. That made it that much better. We went when it had recently rained and in May. Wear proper shoes because the rocks can be slippery and muddy when it rains which I am told is often.