The Columbia River Gorge and the Mt Hood National Forest hosts more than 2 million visitors a year. Visitation often exceeds the automobile capacity along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Parking and traffic congestion is degrading the visitor experience and causing safety problems. To truly experience the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area the way it was meant to be experienced:
There are more options than ever before to explore the Historic Columbia River Highway without a car. Whatever method of transportation you choose, to truly experience the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Mt Hood National Forest the way it was meant to be experienced we suggest:
- Get an Early Start – Start you trip before 10 a.m. to beat the crowds and enjoy the afternoon exploring one of the amazing Gorge communities.
- Head East – Explore the lesser-known and equally beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls in the eastern Gorge.
- Bike – Enjoy breathtaking views, abundant wildflowers and world-class trails.
- Go Midweek – Visit the Gorge at a slower pace by visiting Tuesday–Thursday. The weekends are the busiest times to visit the Gorge, especially between April and October. You’ll avoid crowds if you can visit mid-week. Even better, consider planning a midweek multi-day stay to check out the towns, museums, wineries and other attractions throughout the Scenic Area.
- Plan ahead for your visit to the Waterfall Corridor and Multnomah Falls.Between May 24 and Sept. 5, 2022, a Timed Use Permit will be required for each personal vehicle accessing the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Waterfall Corridor, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. just east of the Bridal Veil off-ramp (Exit 28) to Ainsworth State Park (Exit 35).Waterfall Corridor permits will be available online for a $2 transaction fee and in person for a limited amount of same-day permits (no fee) at the Gateway to the Gorge Visitor Center in Troutdale and Cascade Locks Historical Museum.
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We’re your home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and beyond. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with your favorite beverage, by the bonfire, roast some s’mores, weather permitting of course.
What’s to do
The Hood River Fruit Loop is located in the beautiful Hood River Valley at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood offering you a variety of wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders, and food. Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound.
Book your stay at the Old Parkdale Inn and take advantage of our partnerships for adventure discounts
Stay Play Ski and Relax Vacations – request promo code for discount Timberline lift tickets
Wet Planet Whitewater Adventures – ask us about a discount code for $10 off your raft adventure
Cascade Canyon Guide – request code for 20% off trips
Offers for our registered guests only and must be redeemed during your stay.