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Tom McCall Nature Preserve

Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, OR 97031
503 228 9561
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Ranked #11 of 23 Attractions in Hood River
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Edmonton
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 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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Tacoma
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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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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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107 reviews 107 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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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