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“Hourglass Waterfall” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area

Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area
Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Troutdale
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Hourglass Waterfall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

Shepperd's Dell is another scenic waterfall on the western end of the Columbia River Gorge, located in Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area. It's one of the lesser known falls in the gorge, but its very easy to access and worth a quick stop. The waterfall is named for George Shepperd, a farmer in the early 20th century who donated land to help preserve the natural beauty of the gorge. Much of the protected lands in the gorge were the result of such generous donations. The parking area is right along the side of the Historic Columbia River Highway and a short walkway across the street leads down to the falls. This waterfall is not nearly as high and mighty as many of the other falls and it can be difficult to view due to foliage. But, it has a rather unique hourglass shape and is definitely worth a stop. You can also get a good view of one of several historic bridges along the highway from here.

Visited September 2013
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Shawsville, Virginia
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“My husbands favorite place in the Gorge!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

This scenic viewpoint could be easily missed if you are not paying close attention. It is just a short walk and the concrete structured walkway is original to the 1920s. Moss and ferns cover everything here and the little rushing waterfall is beautiful. We spent about a half hour here alone which was why my husband liked it so much. Bleeding heart flowers lined the forest wall above the walkway and were a sight to see. In Virginia, we pay $20 for a hanging basket of these. The bridge over the dell is a perfect setting for a keepsake picture.

Visited April 2013
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“Another beautiful waterfall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

This requires a very short walk down a gradual walkway with a beautiful moss covered stone wall along the way. There a several viewpoints as you descend and the waterfalls take on a different perspective the closer you get. Note the moss covered trees and walls. A very calm and peaceful setting compared to Multnomah Falls a half mile away. Watch the surface after it rains as moss makes for slick travel. Hint: when you see a stone wall with an open arch at the bottom, look through it to see if you can use the opening to "frame" a unique shot.

Visited June 2013
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“Loved this waterfall gem right off of the Historic Columbia Hwy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Don't forget to stop here!!!

It's right off the historic hwy, If you are unable to walk down the short, steep hill you can stay on the road and take pictures of this wonderful waterfall. If you wander down the moss lined trail then you are able to get some great pictures of the waterfall and the bridge. Stop and take the time to look back up the hill and take some cool pictures of the stone railing.

Visited May 2013
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Culver City, California
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“A peaceful stop along the Historic Colombia River Highway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

Shepperd's Dell is a beautiful stop to break up your drive along the Colombia River Highway. It is well marked and right off the highway. There is a short and easy trail that dips down from the road - and leads to a beautiful waterfall.

Visited September 2012
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