Sneak Peek Into Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

The Columbia River Gorge is an inspiring and breath-taking place to visit. It is America’s first National Scenic area. The canyon gorge stretches over 80 miles wide and 4,000 feet deep, and serves as the border between Oregon Washington States.

It has a number of forests, waterfalls, lakes and streams that contribute to the magical nature of this place. It’s also home to some of the most popular attractions in Oregon, such as Multnomah Falls.

Here’s a sneak peek of the Columbia River Gorge National scenic area.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

This is one of the most popular spots in the area. It is the tallest waterfall in Oregon standing at 620 feet and the trails here are simply phenomenal. You’ll feel like you are walking straight into one of those magical Disney movies. The falls are in two tiers and you can easily hike them with paved trails to help you.

The entire place is picturesque with lush green everywhere. It’s important to note that this area can be extremely wet at times, so it’s strongly advised that you be prepared and pack protective gear.

Oneonta Gorge

Located in the Oneonta Creek, this gorge is slightly smaller and leads directly to the Oneonta falls. Not only is the place beautiful, but the fact that it is a bit less visited than Multnomah Falls means that it is less crowded and quieter. If you want to go on an expedition far from the crowds, then you might as well have this place on your list.

Be prepared to get wet while following its trails and don’t forget to bring the camera in order to capture the massive rock walls.

Elowah Falls

Elowah Falls

This happens to be one of the least visited places in the Columbia River Gorge. However, before you access it, you’ll have to hike through the forest, and this is a fairly easy one, being also short. When you get to the falls, you’ll be amazed by the magnificent views. The lush green around you will make the experience feel magical and if you happen to be with your partner, this is one of those moments that you will live to cherish for your entire life time.

Horsetail Falls

These falls obtained their name from a crevasse on the rocks which made the falls look like a horse’s tail. You’ll definitely want to capture this moment in your camera.

The place is so spectacular such that it can only be captured in the following words by John Keats:

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

Source: Poetry Foundation

Its location also makes it perfect to visit because it’s just off the Historic Columbia River highway. You don’t need to hike in order for you to access it. It’s also a great spot for swimming.

Mosier Plateau Trail

The Mosier Plateau trail is a secret that has been well kept by its locals. The trail is full of wild flowers and scenic views. The best thing about this trail is that there are a number of spots such as hotels and lodges that are located along the trail. This means that you don’t have to carry a heavy backpack with numerous camping and survival kit essentials.

At the end of the trail stands the majestic Mosier Creek Falls. At 100 feet tall, this creek is a stunning and picturesque site to visit. You’ll definitely appreciate the fact that you went on this entire trail when you reach this point.

Post Canyon Bike Trail

Post Canyon is home to the best bike trails in the entire northwest part of Oregon. This is one of the reasons that make it the ultimate place for a family outing. The trails are designed for all age types, along with some humorous names as well, such as Middle School, Bad Motor Scooter and Lollipop Lane. Apart from biking, there are also tons of other activities that you can engage in with the family and many spots that you can relax in along the Hood River.


The Columbia River Gorge is definitely one of the best places to visit in Oregon. If you’re not careful you might even spend your entire holiday here because of its numerous attractions! And if you are already planning the next trip to some of the state’s finest scenery, here are some more details on other places that you can visit.