Multnomah Falls is a convenient stop on the drive from Portland or the airport on the way to Skamania Lodge, and it is easily the Columbia River Gorge's most famous waterfall. Multnomah Falls is a main attraction near Portland, Oregon. It's visited by nearly 2 million people a year, but once you stand before this towering 620ft two-tiered column of water; you'll come to see why it's so popular. This Columbia River Gorge waterfall's cumulative height of 620ft is comprised of 541ft for the upper falls and 79ft for the lower falls.
Columbia River Gorge Parks and Forests
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest
The Gifford Pinchot Forest, near Portland, Oregon, offers hiking, swimming, camping, picnicking, fishing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and many other recreational opportunities for visitors to the Columbia River Gorge.
- Beacon Rock State Park
Beacon Rock is second largest monolith in North America with a hiking trail to the top where visitors thrill to vast open views of the Columbia River Gorge. A group site at Beacon Rock State Park is perfect for Columbia Gorge weddings, group meetings, and family reunions. Parking permits are required, $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a day pass.
- Pacific Crest Trail Map and Featured Hikes
Pacific Crest Trail Association is proud to announce a new map brochure of the Pacific Crest Trail specifically for the Columbia River Gorge area. It recommends day trips and provides information about local trail-friendly amenities and tips on how to be prepared, leave no trace and support the trail near Portland, Oregon.
Columbia River Gorge Attractions
- Bonneville Dam
Bonneville Dam offers education about salmon on the Columbia River. View steelhead and salmon as they climb the fish ladders. See huge sturgeon up close at the Bonneville Dam fish hatchery in Oregon.
- Mt. St. Helens
Mt. St. Helens is North America's only active volcano, spewing ash and steam almost every day. Visit the Mt. St. Helens observatory for a view into the mouth of the volcano near Portland, Oregon.
- Wind River Canopy Crane
The only tree canopy in North America for research on old growth forest and new forest health.
- Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge
Take in the breathtaking beauty of the Columbia Gorge on the Sternwheeler. Enjoy wonderful meals on regular cruises and special meals on holiday excursions.
- Hood River Railroad
Scenic train rides in Columbia River Gorge that climbs to the foothills of Mt. Hood, Oregon on the historic Mount Hood Scenic Railroads.
Columbia River Gorge Museums and History
- International Museum of Carousel Art
Hood River, Oregon; Home to the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of antique carousel art, the IMCA invites you to explore the rich history of this nostalgic machine.
- Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
Learn all about the history of Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge in this beautiful expansive Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum just across the road from Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.
- Maryhill Museum of Art
Find out what is in store for the current month at Maryhill Museum of Art, including the changing exhibits, events, special programs, lectures, and activities for kids.