Your Parks. Your Vision.

Did you know that OPRD manages:

15 parks

6 natural areas

3  Scenic view points

6 scenic corridors

 47 trail heads connecting visitors with over 150 miles of spectacular trails

… and more in the Columbia River Gorge.

Gorge Parks Map

A long-term plan is needed to guide future resource management and recreational uses on all of these lands. In the planning for these parks OPRD is taking a comprehensive look at natural, scenic area and cultural resource conditions as well as management needs, outdoor recreation trends in the region, community partnerships, and related ideas and concerns identified through public input.

The OPRD planning team needs your help. We want to know: why you visit, what you do while you are here and what brings you back. Please share with us why you love the Gorge and what opportunities and challenges you see in the future for the beautiful scenic area we are so lucky to have right here in Oregon.

Here are 3 great ways to be involved:

  1. Contribute at our public meetings held throughout the planning process.

  2. Email comments or questions to: gorge.parksplan@state.or.us

  3. Subscribe to our blog.

  4. Talk to a Park Planner: 503.986.0723

  1. The link “read The Plan” does not show the plan. It just keeps recircling to this page. Where is the plan and how can I download it?

    • Thanks, Mike. We have added tabs with the current draft plan to the menu and sidebar to help visitors find the link more directly.

      The plan is linked in the images on those pages in two parts.

      We hope that helps!

  2. I’m impressed with many of the new improvements in the gorge parks. However, I’m baffled at the lack of signage directing hikers and sightseers
    a.) to the trails, and
    b.) at all trail starting points, forks, and questionable direction points.
    Multnomah County Search and Rescue had three separate rescues in January where more adequate signage may have made these rescues unnecessary. Thankfully, the outcome was positive in each case, but we must remember this is not always the outcome. Signage is just one important way of helping everyone enjoy the trails in a safe and enjoyable way.

    Signs should include:
    Name of Trail
    Trail Number
    A direction arrow (when necessary)
    (and/or)
    Name of trail destination “Viewpoint”
    Number of miles to the tenths of a decimal place

    This is a problem with both state parks and FS land in the gorge. Please consider a plan to improve all trail signs in the near future.

  3. Given the heavy use most of the existing trailheads now see, I think developing more hiking trails should be a top priority. It would spread out the current crowds and ease the strain on existing trails. The links Nathan posted are excellent ideas, as are a couple others on that blog for improvements at Latourell Falls and Viento. Finishing the Historic Highway State Trail should also remain a priority. The completed segments have already opened up some great underused areas. If OPRD is looking to deliver recreational opportunities where they will serve Oregonians’ needs best, then the Gorge in Portland’s back yard definitely needs to be looked at.

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