The Ultimate Oregon Hidden Gem Road Trip Will Take You To 9 Incredible Little-Known Spots In The State
By Sarah McCosham|Updated on May 07, 2022(Originally published May 02, 2022)
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If you often find yourself in a rut where you revisit the same places again and again, it’s time to shake things up and check out the following hidden gems in Oregon. Because while there’s nothing wrong with playing favorites (Crater Lake, we’re looking at you!), if you do, you’re potentially missing out on some of the state’s most glorious hidden gems. So we designed a weekend-long road trip that visits some of the state’s coolest, most under-the-radar attractions. Our Ultimate Oregon Hidden Gem Road Trip will take you to nine incredible, little-known spots in the state; and who knows — you might discover some new favorite places.
This 15-hour road trip is best divided into a few days, or even a long weekend. Of course, you can begin at any point in the road trip; but if you follow our suggested route, after visiting Toketee Falls (our final stop), we recommend breaking in Prospect to take in the Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint. It’s the picture-perfect place to stretch your legs and take in some sublime Oregon views.
So telly us: did you know about these hidden gems in Oregon? Which place are you most excited to explore? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
If you’re looking for some hidden gems near Portland, there’s an amazing children’s playground hiding in plain sight in one of the city’s most popular attractions… and it’s free to visit, too!
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What are some hidden gem waterfalls in Oregon?
Hidden gems abound in the Beaver State, and while we love all of the above attractions, we're partial to the under-the-radar spots of the natural variety. We put together this epic list of 24 amazing waterfalls in Oregon, and while many are well-known wonders, there are numerous falls on the list of which you might never even heard! Henline Falls is one of them; dark and mysterious, the hike to Henline Falls follows a forest trail that’s straight out of a Brothers Grimm fantasy. Tucked away in the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area is the little-known Henline Falls Trail, a 1.8-mile out-and-back trail that leads to a stunning waterfall of the same name, as well as the abandoned Silver King Mine. Over on the Oregon Coast, Munson Creek Falls is a spectacular hidden treasure. At 315 feet tall, Munson Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Oregon Coast Range, and it’s a portrait of sublime and beguiling beauty -- but despite its clout, this cascade remains stubbornly under the radar. The trail to discover this hidden waterfall is as magical as the falls themselves, winding through a verdant-green, old-growth forest. And at White River Falls State Park (a criminally overlooked Oregon State Park), the eponymous White Falls is a spectacular hidden wonder. The falls plunge 90 feet over black basalt cliffs, thundering into the river below with a force that can be seen, heard, and felt. This natural wonder caught the attention of Pacific Power and Light Company in the early 20th century, with it providing hydroelectric power to Wasco and Sherman counties from 1910 until 1960. Parts of the abandoned plant still remain, adding to the allure of the excursion to these hidden gem falls.