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Tom McCall Nature Preserve

Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, OR 97031
503 228 9561
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Ranked #9 of 22 attractions in Hood River
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Beaverton, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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69 helpful votes 69 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

It's bit early right now for the flowers, The little ones are just starting to come out. Better luck on the Washington side at Catherine Creek, as it is south facing and the warmth of the sun brings the spring flowers out earlier.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This was our first visit to the preserve in March. The trails out to the river view area are open and still a bit muddy in spots, but well worth the visit. Right now (3/15/2014), there are thousands of purple Grass Widow wildflowers in bloom. There are a few other flowers also, but not in force! The views to the... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Good place on a Monday morning, nobody there. Very easy, splendid hikes, fantastic views. Gets a bit busy on weekends.

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Hollister, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Beautiful area, probably great hiking as well. I wished I had brought my wildflower book! It is a historic area with road designed for scenic appeal.

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southern US
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Very pretty easy trail through prairie grasses on the top of a bluff with great views over the Columbia River. There were beautiful wildflowers and a couple tiny lakes hidden behind trees. Despite the fact that it was a cool grey day we did see a Western rattlesnake and lots of poison oak, so be cautious when walking on the... More

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