Our suggestion for the 5 of the Best Must See Waterfalls
Come feel the mist of Oregon waterfalls on your face!
With winter and spring come winter storms and snow pack melt, supplying Oregon scenic rivers the water needed to create our wildly beautiful and renowned waterfalls. It’s certainly not too early to start planning your Oregon vacation that should involve chasing waterfalls.
Oregon has more than 238 waterfalls across the state (and 1,000+ according to the Northwest Waterfalls Survey. You basically can’t drive more than 30-minutes without passing another waterfall! The Columbia River Gorge has close to 50 notable waterfalls alone. So where should you go? We’ve come up with a list of 10 must-see waterfalls to get you started.
You’ve put us on the spot and asked that we share a list of 5 must-see waterfalls. So very hard to choose just 5
Ramona Falls: Mt. Hood Region. 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail to one of the most striking destinations in the Mount Hood Wilderness. This shaded waterfall is about 120 feet tall, consisting of a wall of cascades. Trailhead is a little over an hour from the Old Parkdale Inn but we’d suggest visiting some other beautiful sights on your day out exploring.
Tamanawas Falls: 3.5 mile out and back trail in Mount Hood National Forest. Micro spikes are recommended in the winter months. Bring your binoculars and prepare to see a lot of birds and a stunning waterfall! The falls are amazing at 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. Belted Kingfisher are common but it’s the songbirds you’re likely to remember long after they’ve sung their tunes. Trailhead only 10 miles from the Old Parkdale Inn
White River Falls: Get a taste of the high desert on this .8 miles out and back near Maupin. The waterfall is the main focus of the White River Falls State Park and for good reason, the scenic White River plunges 90-feet from a basalt shelf. This hike has beautiful views and several large waterfalls. White River Falls State Park is a little over an hour from the Old Parkdale Inn but we’d suggest visiting some other beautiful sights on your day out exploring.
Multnomah Falls: You can tour the waterfalls that make up the Columbia River Gorge by car or on foot, but you won’t have the full-on spectacular experience unless you do both. Whatever you do, make sure to save time to see Multnomah Falls. It is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest and more than 2 million visitors come each year to take in its view. Tip from the local innkeepers that know: visit early morning, late afternoon and midweek to beat the crowds
Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.Named for its characteristic form, Horsetail Falls plunges 176 feet within view of the Historic Columbia River Highway’s “Waterfall Corridor”. Just east of the falls is a great picnic spot to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and watch the passing freight trains
Named for its characteristic form, Horsetail Falls plunges 176 feet within view of the Historic Columbia River Highway’s “Waterfall Corridor”. Just east of the falls is a great picnic spot to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and watch the passing freight trains. A short hike up Horsetail Creek is Ponytail Falls where the creek shoots through a narrow crack in the basalt and cascades into a large pool in front of a deep recess, which allows a trail to pass behind the falls.
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