Nature & parks in Hood River

THE 10 BEST Hood River Parks & Nature Attractions

Nature & Parks in Hood River

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  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, CA3,528 contributions
    Phenomenal place. The trees are majestically tall, waterfalls are beautifully cascading to the ground. There are plenty of short and long trails for everyone, and parking spaces are ample.
    Written August 29, 2023
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  • Anita H
    3 contributions
    This is a perfect place to stay for the Mt. Hood area. The hotel was fairly new so had all the current amenities. This was one of our favorite hotels on a 20 day road trip. The setting is awesome. They had a hot breakfast with lots of options. The room was clean and welcoming and had all the standard amenities. Would recommend this hotel to anyone.
    Written October 3, 2023
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  • Joseph Robba
    Charlotte, NC2,255 contributions
    The parking area here was pretty crowded when we stopped, so it wasn't a long one. But it's worth a few photos and it is definitely a beautiful waterfall.
    Written January 29, 2024
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  • Leland C
    1 contribution
    My trip with River Drifters was an exhilarating expedition that exceeded every expectation. To say that it was just a river rafting adventure would be a gross understatement. It was a breathtaking journey through one of the Pacific Northwest's most stunning landscapes, filled with thrills and spills, the grandeur of nature, and a camaraderie that only shared adventure can bring.

    Our guide, Michael Fisher, was the key to our unforgettable experience. He was not just knowledgeable about the White Salmon River, he was passionate about it. His enthusiasm was infectious as he navigated us through the III-IV rapids, ensuring our safety while also making sure we had a thrill of a lifetime. He showed us the best spots along the river and introduced us to new experiences that brought us closer to the heart of this magnificent terrain.

    The trip was beautifully organized and balanced safety with fun, thanks to Michael's expert guidance. Beyond the adventure, he was a natural storyteller, intertwining the river's facts with folklore that kept us engaged and entertained.

    One of the trip's highlights was the rafting through the heavily forested gorge. The water was as clear as gin, the weather was perfect, and the rapid's constant challenge kept us on our toes. The proximity to Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams only added to the scenic beauty, making it one of the most exciting half-day or full-day river rafting trips I've ever been on.

    River Drifters also made the logistics a breeze. The location is conveniently situated just 90 minutes from the Portland area. The team was helpful in providing information on what to expect, what gear we needed, and even gave us excellent dining recommendations in the area.

    This trip is not just about rafting; it's about creating unforgettable memories, bonding with friends and family, and connecting with nature. If you're looking for a unique experience filled with excitement, breathtaking scenery, and a touch of magic, I wholeheartedly recommend River Drifters.

    In closing, a special shout-out to Michael Fisher, who was more than just our guide. He was our mentor on this journey. His love for the river and his work was evident, making our adventure all the more special. Thank you, Michael, and thank you, River Drifters, for this incredible experience. I can't wait to do it again!
    Written May 14, 2023
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  • Jim W.
    Atlanta, GA1,138 contributions
    Maybe I failed to read enough review ahead of time but the trail route was not what I was expecting.

    We drove here after a side-trip up to Timberline Lodge. The trailhead is located on the Highway 26. They have a fairly large parking lot and it had plenty of space when we arrived - around 4 p.m. on a Friday. You have to pay to park here (via a website on your phone) or it is free if you have some sort of state or national park pass. I think we paid $5.

    My wife was very unimpressed with the cleanliness of the restrooms at the trailhead.

    I was under the impression that the trailhead was close to the lake, and that the hike around the lake was 1 - 2 miles. However, in actuality, there was a 1.9-mile hike just to get to the lake, and then you could hike around it. We still had over an hour's drive to get back to Portland after the hike, so we debated how long we all wanted to spend here. We eventually decided to do a leisurely hike in for 20+ minutes and then turn around at some point and hike back. That would give us a 2+ mile hike, which was sufficient for our time slot.

    The part of the trail we did hike was quite nice. There was a lot of shade, with occasional bridges over a creek and a few wildflowers. We saw people returning on the trail every 5 minutes or so - it is not desolate. The hike was relaxing and pretty.

    If we returned to Mt. Hood, I would allocate more time and do this hike justice.
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • Mark H
    Sonoma, CA2,428 contributions
    Gorgeous park in Columbia Gorge with stunning views of the Columbia River. Trails are hilly buy of only moderate difficulty. Bonus: when we hiked in May the hillsides were resplendent in a cloak of wild flowers: Sun yellow arrowleaf balsamroot, royal blue lupin and crimson Indian paintbrush.
    Written May 16, 2023
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  • sdurkin24
    St. Petersburg, FL161 contributions
    This was our favorite hike of the trip, by far. We made it later in the day, started around 430 pm, took up about 3 hours round trip, this included that we took an extra 30 minutes to climb up the rocks to behind the waterfall! I do not recommend this to 90% of people who would take this trail as it is very dangerous, not on a maintained trail. The end of the maintained part of this trail does require maneuvering around boulders/rocks, but they are all on ground level so if you are fit you can easily make this, We did see an elderly lady who had made it all the way to this part but then had to turn back. You really can't see the waterfall unless you make it past this area unfortunately. It is a beautiful trail otherwise through. Definitely worth it if you make it over to the East side of Mount Hood. The entrance to the trail is right off the highway, parking was very easy to find at later in the day, there are closed in port-a-lets to use as restroom facilities, fairly decently maintained. There are park benches before the trail starts to sit and snack. No water fountains so be sure to bring enough food and water to make the hike properly. Overall I would rate it moderate-easy for most of it, but then it gets moderate-difficulty over the boulders. But nothing dangerous about it, other than if you choose to go off the maintained trail and climb the rocks to get behind the waterfall which we did, but like I said I don't recommend if you're trying to avoid danger.
    Written August 7, 2023
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  • Cherry_Wonderdog
    New England3,143 contributions
    Greetings, esteemed readers! Tis I, Cherry Wonderdog, who takes pen to paper to recount my recent sojourn at the illustrious Panorama Point in Hood River, Oregon. Pray, permit me to regale you with tales of a canine's utmost delight!

    Panorama Point, with its verdant landscapes and majestic splendor, is a veritable canine utopia. It offers an exquisite reprieve, where hounds and their companions may frolic amidst nature's enchantment. The park's expansive grounds and meticulously tended trails are an ode to both functionality and aesthetics, facilitating seamless navigation for both human and hound.

    The pièce de résistance of Panorama Point is undoubtedly its panoramic vistas, which bestow upon the fortunate spectator a visual feast. Ascending to the pinnacle reveals an awe-inspiring tapestry—stretching far and wide, the resplendent Columbia River Gorge unfurls before one's eyes, flanked by verdant hues that bespeak nature's grandeur. Such vistas afford the opportunity for indelible memories and splendid photographic keepsakes.

    Amidst these rhapsodic surroundings, an air of tranquility pervades Panorama Point. The absence of unruly crowds allows one to savour the serenity that emanates from this idyllic haven. It is a realm that beckons both the energetic canine, keen on frolicking through the verdant trails, and the leisurely companion, yearning for an ambling promenade. Here, amid nature's embrace, one finds respite from the bustling cacophony of quotidian existence, a sanctuary wherein canines and their kindred spirits may find solace and rejuvenation.

    Perchance, one desires knowledge of the park's open hours. Panorama Point welcomes its visitors from the early hour of 8:00 AM, extending its gracious hospitality until the late evening hour of 8:00 PM. Verily, it is prudent to consult the heavens and ascertain the weather's disposition afore embarking, for inclement weather may cast aspersions upon the park's accessibility and visibility.

    Whence thou art a local denizen or an itinerant wanderer, I beseech thee to include Panorama Point in thine itinerary whilst in the vicinity of Hood River, Oregon. It is an escapade that promises beguiling vistas, unforgettable experiences, and the opportunity to forge an unbreakable bond with one's faithful quadruped companion.

    Secure thine leash, don thy stoutest boots, and set forthwith towards Panorama Point—forsooth, a realm of unfettered natural splendor that shall leave both thee and thy cherished canine companion yearning for an encore!

    With paws held high, I extol Panorama Point's magnificence!
    Cherry Wonderdog
    Written June 4, 2023
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  • Cherry_Wonderdog
    New England3,143 contributions
    Waterfront Park in Hood River is a true gem nestled in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. This expansive park offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and recreational opportunities that cater to visitors of all ages. As I strolled along the well-maintained pathways, I was captivated by the breathtaking views of the mighty Columbia River and the majestic Mount Hood standing proudly in the distance. In Cherry Wonderdog’s opinion, the park's lush green spaces are perfect for picnics or leisurely walks with canines in tow, while the sandy beach invites sun-seekers and water enthusiasts to cool off in the refreshing river. The park's well-designed amenities, including playgrounds, skatepark, and tennis courts, provide endless options for outdoor fun and recreation.

    What set Waterfront Park apart for us was its vibrant atmosphere and sense of community. The park buzzed with energy as locals and visitors gathered to partake in events and gatherings. There was definitely a family-friendly environment here that fostered a welcoming spirit, making it a perfect spot for us to bond and create cherished memories. Bottom line, whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat in nature or an active day out with loved ones, Waterfront Park in Hood River offers a captivating experience that will leave you longing to return time and time again.
    Written June 4, 2023
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  • Natasha M
    Hood River, OR91 contributions
    The Gorge is stunning and the area around the Port has stunning views. Great area to walk with friends, walk your dog or walk alone.
    Written September 22, 2019
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  • Jubilee Jer
    Springfield, OH1,837 contributions
    Not sure if this is open after the 2017 fire but if it is it is worth the 2 mile hike back to it. The trail can be scary at times with a huge drop off on one side and a rock cliff on the other of a 2 foot wide rock trail on the side of the cliff at times. The hike back to it and the falls is beautiful. The hike is a moderate hike and not for the faint of heart or physically challenged. Bring some aqua shoes so you can go out in the water to see the falls and get some pics. This was one of my bucket list things to do after seeing a pic of Punchbowl falls on Facebook. So glad I got to see this. We saw this in the fall of 2015.
    Written August 18, 2019
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  • duckfan
    4 contributions
    walked out to the sand spit mid river and had a great time. Warning, it can get pretty windy out there.
    Written May 10, 2019
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  • Heartofanomad
    Roseburg, OR1 contribution
    We wanted to stop and take in the wonderful view on this trail. Sadly this beautiful hike is unavailable right now. It is temporarily closed until 2023 while ODOT rebuilds the site.
    Written May 8, 2022
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  • VioletMoon
    Vancouver, Washington20 contributions
    The hike was quite rocky at some points - difficult for my dog but she was still able to do it and loved it. (I think most dogs in good shape could do it). Also most people in decent shape. We are in pretty good shape but don't hike very often so this hike was challenging but doable. We took snacks, water, and breaks.The views were absolutely amazing.
    Written September 14, 2019
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  • sailor5071
    Vancouver Island, Canada14 contributions
    We camped for 3 nights mid week in July. Lucky to secure a site adjacent to the river, but there were many other great sites available. Unable to reserve. Tons of space between the sites. Large tenting site. Single bathroom/showers nearby. Showers could be a bit more clean, but were free! and you are camping...Really liked how it was close to town and Mount Hood for hiking-about 10-15 minutes. Park Host very helpful and friendly. Very quiet in the evening and in the morning...
    Written July 24, 2018
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