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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Underwood

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other Underwood attractions using our handy Underwood trip itinerary site.
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  • Our family enjoyed diving and hiking here, even on a rainy day in November. We visited several waterfalls and hiked around a bit. Fun! 
    Our family enjoyed diving and hiking here, even on a rainy day in November. We visited several waterfalls and hiked around a bit. Fun!  more »
  • This area is rife with great hikes, beautiful waterfalls, and an unfortunate level of trash. There are times of the year when you need a $2 permit to get into the area during certain hours of the... 
    This area is rife with great hikes, beautiful waterfalls, and an unfortunate level of trash. There are times of the year when you need a $2 permit to get into the area during certain hours of the...  more »
  • The Columbia River Gorge trip is typically done by most visitors on the Oregon side (Interstate 84). But it should be noted that there is also a road (Route 14) on the Washington side. I have driven....  more
    The Columbia River Gorge trip is typically done by most visitors on the Oregon side (Interstate 84). But it should be noted that there is also a road (Route 14) on the Washington side. I have driven....  more »
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  • The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is one of the most spectacular and underrated areas in the United States. The scenic gorge is home to many spectacular waterfalls, the most spectacular and popular being Multnomah Falls right along I-84, not to be missed. You may need a permit for the waterfall corridor, the most popular area in the park. We recommend stopping at the other waterfalls and taking the trails to get away from other visitors, especially above Horsetail Falls and the other waterfalls. Other areas that our worth a visit in the park is the Old Historic Highway (first dedicated scenic highway every built in the United States) and Vista House.
  • Beautiful area. Lots of recreational opportunities along the gorge with nice small towns along the way. I have been through here many times over the years. We where fishing in the Columbia River and that is where the pics are from.
  • The scenic area is paid to enter. Tickets are sold in time-course. The number of tickets for each hour is limited. If you go during a busy time, buying the $2 ticket in advance is recommended. The road is two-way but narrow. And the parking lots at the fall places are very tight. You may have to park on the road side. Be cautious.
  • This is a must see part of Oregon. We drove into the gorge on Historic Hwy 30 (Google maps wanted us to take the freeway but we were told Historic 30 was the more scenic route). The drive itself was beautiful. We stopped at three waterfalls along the way and hiked their trails. It was a great day!
  • Always love visiting here! We'll be working at night paving a new road surface. I get to experience this beauty daily now. Road construction is beginning on I84, lasting until mid November 2022. Please observe the posted 55mph speed limit. Be aware and slow down and move over. Help keep us safe!

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