The Columbia River Gorge In Oregon Has More Waterfalls Than Anywhere Else In The Country
If you don’t know of the Columbia River Gorge, you may not be a true Oregonian. This enormous canyon cuts through the Cascade Mountain Range and forms our northern state boundary with Washington along the Columbia River. Along this beautiful stretch of river, there are hundreds of microclimates that create and support an incredibly diverse natural landscape.
The Columbia River that flows through this stretch is internationally famous for the excellent conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing, due the the fast moving air funneled between the steep cliffs. The Gorge is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in the state, perfect for hikers, bikers, and explorers of all types. But there is one feature that makes this beautiful natural area truly unique: the amazing waterfalls. In fact, there are so many amazing waterfalls – 90 on the Oregon side of the river alone – that the Columbia River Gorge is considered to have the highest concentration of waterfalls in the entire country!
If you take a drive down the Historic Columbia River Highway, it won’t be long before you see the first one… and then a second… a third… and so on. Many are hard to miss from the road, while others are hiding a bit inland and require a stop for a scenic viewpoint or a short hike to see the falls, but we have yet to find a waterfall that isn’t jaw-droppingly beautiful.
Of course you will see the most famous Multnomah Falls along this highway, and this one is definitely worth a visit… if you plan ahead. The crowds here during the summer months can be a nightmare, especially when it comes to finding a spot to park. We suggest waiting until the cooler fall months, once the kids go back to school and summer vacations come to an end. Not only do the crowds of tourists thin out significantly, but you will also get the extra treat of seeing the surrounding area ablaze with the bright reds, oranges, and yellows of the autumn leaves. It is quite a stunning sight.
Here’s a map from U.S. Forest Service of a few of the larger falls along the Historic Columbia River Highway:
These represent just a handful of the popular falls to visit in the Columbia River Gorge – there are so many more to discover!
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