Everyone knows about the beautiful Crater Lake, the epic Multnomah Falls and the magnificent Mt. Hood. Oregon is full of outstanding natural beauty, and has so much to offer when it comes to jaw-dropping scenery and unforgettable day trips. Here are some amazing, enchanting places to visit that are a bit more off the beaten path. These nine hidden gems will dazzle you and make you want to explore the nooks and crannies of our incredibly beautiful state.
9. Lost Lake
Like its name suggests, Lost Lake is a secluded body of water in the Mt. Hood National Forest. It is absolutely beautiful; the lake is surrounded by pine trees with a magnificent view of Mt. Hood overhead.
8. Wahclella Falls
Located off of the Columbia River Highway, east of the popular Multnomah Falls area, Wahclella Falls cascades into a crystal clear basin at the end of a short hike.
7. Lake Billy Chinook
Lake Billy Chinook is a reservoir at the confluence of three rivers: the Crooked River, the Deschuttes River and the Metolius River. The lake is in a magnificent canyon, where the brown walls of rock and earth contrast the glimmering blue of the water. There is camping, fishing, water skiing, and four boat launches.
6. Toketee Falls
Toketee Falls is located on the North Umpqua River in Douglas County. It is completely enchanting, with water flowing gracefully through a path it has carved over the years through a magnificent basalt cliff, and dropping around 120 feet in two stages into the basin.
5. Angel's Rest
This amazing vista point in the Columbia River Gorge takes some hiking to access, but it's a magical, more secluded alternative to the touristy Crown Point vista point.
4. Ramona Falls
Ramona Falls is a stunningly beautiful waterfall that cascades ethereally over oddly shaped rocks. The waterfall is located in the Mt. Hood National Forest and can only be accessed by hiking.
3. Pillars of Rome
The Pillars of Rome are located in the high desert in Jordan Valley, and they are even more majestic than their name.
2. Natural Bridges
The Natural Bridges in Brookings are absolutely beautiful and have a fairytale-like quality to them.
1. Opal Creek
Opal Creek is a gorgeous creek that flows through the Willamette National Forest. It's speckled with deep, turquoise swimming holes and small but lovely waterfalls.
What are your favorite hidden gems in Oregon? Let us know in the comments.