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Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR
45.5465, -122.1974 Map & Directions
The historic bridge at Sheppard's Dell. Photo by Bob and Barb. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls

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Visit a scenic bridge, a lovely little waterfall, and a historic area in the Columbia River Gorge. Continue reading

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Hiking Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area

This charming little area, complete with waterfall, makes a nice stop on the drive on Highway 30 in the Columbia River Gorge. It was gifted to the city of Portland In 1915 by a local dairy farmer as a memorial to his wife. 

The short trail leads to a waterfall cascading down steep cliffs into Youngs Creek which flows to the Columbia River. The upper falls is 42 feet tall and the lower falls is 50 feet tall. It's a short hike -- you'd want to loop it in with other hikes in the area, but it's notable for its history and the bridge. Crossing over a small wooded valley (the dell), it is one of the prettiest bridges along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

You also may see some wildflowers on your visit. Chickweed, monkeyflower, small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary and fringe cup, among others, may be seen along the short walk to the falls. 

Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area

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Co-ordinates: 45.5465, -122.1974 Open in Google Maps

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Oregon State Parks Day-Use

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Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

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