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Tom McCall Nature Preserve

Address: Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, OR 97031
Phone Number: 503 228 9561
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Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Hood River
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Columbia River Gorge
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The nature preserve is a windy plateau with spectacular views of the Columbia River and incredible wildflowers. The best time to visit is late March through early May. Allow 1-4 hours for hiking and exploring.

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Tillamook, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Outstanding views of the Columbia River Gorge, road leading to it has many hairpin turns. During springtime wildflowers are thick - and colorful. Sweeping vistas. Worth a stop for sure.

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Tetonia, Idaho
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The Preserve is situated on a bluff over the Columbia with expansive views and golden grasses. We hiked to the point which is about 2 1/2 miles round trip accompanied by a pair of ravens the whole way. Absolutely stunning Nature Conservancy Preserve. Next trip we will hike to the Tom Mc Call Point which takes you up and through... More 

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Damascus, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We stopped at nearby Rowena viewpoint on Mother's Day. The view was breathtaking. We were curious to see what awaited us at the TM Nature Preserve. As it turns out it was the peak of the spring wildflowers. The flowers spread out across an expansive rugged meadow sloping toward the Columbia River Gorge. Truly A view of a lifetime.

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Edmonton
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Easy hike, but on a hot day there is very little shade (just a couple spots where there are trees). The views of the river and the banks are really special though. On a cooler day this would be a good and easy hike.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is an easy dry desert "hike." If you like desert type areas this may be for you. I probably would not go again.

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Coquille, Oregon
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Simple display, easy access and hike, great vistas and abundant flowers. The information boards are excellent.

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Malton, N Yorkshire
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

A nice walk and a beautiful location with good viewing points. No dislikes, how could one. Allow a couple of hours.

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Bend, Oregon
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Must see! Views of the gorge with abundant wild flowers! You need to see this. Exit at mossier and follow the old columbia river highway east.

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Tacoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Sitting on the bluffs in the spring sunshine, watching the tribal fishermen set their gill net in the gorge, with a red-tail hawk and turkey buzzards circling below us, and more flowers than I could dream of -- even at the weekend, starting out before noon, it was a wonderful experience. With easy trails, two beautiful ponds, and gorgeous flowers... More 

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