Nature November 15, 2016
12 Of The Most Beautiful Waterfalls In Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge You Need To Visit
Located in northern Oregon, the stunning Columbia River Gorge is known for its immense natural beauty and abundant waterfalls. Here are 12 of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Gorge; they will drop your jaw.
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12. Bridal Veil Falls
This majestic 2-tiered waterfall plummets gracefully through lush, emerald-green scenery into a crystal clear basin.
11. Elowah Falls
Located at the end of a short 1.5-mile (round trip) hike, this stunning hidden waterfall is 289 feet tall and absolutely breathtaking.
10. Horsetail Falls
This picturesque, 176-foot waterfall is located just off the Historic Columbia River Highway; no hiking necessary.
9. Oneonta Falls
This beautiful 100-foot waterfall is a true hidden gem. Tucked away at the end of a magical canyon, this beautiful cascade can only be reached by taking a short but epic hike through the narrow Oneonta Gorge.
8. Ponytail Falls
Ponytail Falls is located above Horsetail Falls, and can be reached on the Horsetail Falls Trail #438. The trail runs directly behind the waterfall through a natural cavern which lets hikers view the waterfall from a unique vantage point.
7. Wahkeena Falls
Wahkeena Falls is a beautiful, 242 foot waterfall that can be easily accessed by taking a short 0.2-mile stroll to a viewpoint or by taking a 1.5-mile hike to the top of the falls.
6. Latourell Falls
This 250-foot waterfall flows gracefully over a basalt ledge and into a small but beautiful basin. Hikers can take a short walk right up to the base of the falls to feel the cool mist of the tremendous cascade.
5. Starvation Creek Falls
Located just off Interstate 84, this incredible waterfall plummets 190 feet through the rugged, green landscape.
4. Tunnel Falls
This unique waterfall is located pretty far along the legendary Eagle Creek Trail, but it's absolutely worth the trek. The trail actually runs along the cliff wall and continues behind the 160-foot waterfall in a tunnel that was blasted through the rock wall in the early 1900s.
3. Punchbowl Falls
Much earlier along the Eagle Creek Trail, you'll find the pristine Punchbowl Falls. This lovely little waterfall twirls into a large, crystal clear basin that's a perfect swimming hole in the summertime.
2. Wahclella Falls
This powerful waterfall is located at the end of the amazing Wahclella Falls Trail. An easy 2-mile (round trip) hike will lead you on a scenic journey to this impressive 120-foot waterfall.
1. Multnomah Falls
Last but not least, the crown jewel of the Columbia River Gorge: Multnomah Falls. This stunning 620 foot waterfall is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the country, and it is absolutely mesmerizing. Plus, it's easily accessible from both the Columbia River Highway and Interstate 84.
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