The One Place In Oregon That Looks Like Something From Middle Earth

Have you ever dreamed of escaping into the sort of scenery that fills the pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy? Walking through the enchanting Oneonta Gorge in Oregon will make you feel as though you’ve been transported straight to Middle Earth.

Nestled into the stunning Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, this beautiful hidden gem can only be accessed by taking an epic 1-mile hike. This moderately difficult hike will take you over an enormous log jam and along a misty stream that winds through the narrow, emerald-green canyon before arriving at a majestic hidden waterfall. The experience is absolutely magical.

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The Oneonta Gorge Hike is only accessible when the water levels are low, so it’s best visited in summer and early fall.

If climbing over 50-foot log jams and wading through ice cold water isn’t for you, there are plenty of other beautiful places in the Columbia River Gorge with a similar New Zealand-esque quality, like Multnomah Falls, Elowah Falls, and more. Find out about other magical places you can hike to in the Columbia River Gorge here, or check out these 15 spots in Oregon that look straight out of a fairy tale.