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The Oregon Trail and Native Heritage are woven into Oregon history in many varied ways.

The Oregon Trail History

The Oregon Trail was a 2,170-mile, large-wheeled wagon route, from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon, used by hundreds of thousands of American pioneers to emigrate west in in the mid-1800s. The trail was filled with peril – potential accidents, ailments, and steep climbs, and crossing through Indian territories – but it paved the way for the United States to expand to the west.

Contrary to popular Hollywood depictions, most Indians were tolerant, helpful even, of the pioneer wagons that drove through their lands, at least initially. Over time, relationships between the Indians and pioneers deteriorated. The passing of the Oregon Donation Land Act, encouraged settlement into the area in 1850. Slowly relations improved. Today Interstate 84 passes through towns originally established to serve those using the Oregon Trail. There are currently nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon: Burns Paiute of Harney County; Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians; Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; Confederated Tribes of Siletz; Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Reservation; Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians; Coquille Indian Tribe; and Klamath Tribes.

To learn more about Oregon’s native heritage of the land, check out:

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, located on the Umatilla Reservation, about 15-minutes from Pendleton, is the only tribal-run museum that highlights the history and culture of Native Americans along the Oregon Trail. While there, visit the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts – it’s the only fine-print studio on a reservation.

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. The outdoor wagon encampment, trails and access to the historic ruts are open daily. Located five miles east of Baker City, on Highway 86, Exit 302 from Interstate 84, 125 miles northwest of Boise, 95 miles southeast of Pendleton.

The Museum at Warm Springs houses a large collection of North American Indian artifacts. 2189 US-26 in Warm Springs.

Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center tells the story of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde — the community, Tribe, and culture that has persisted despite the challenges. 9615 Grand Ronde Road
In Grand Ronde.

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Center for Native American Art at the Portland Art Museum has a Native American art collection with 3,500 prehistoric and historic objects created by some 200 cultural groups from throughout North America. 1219 SW Park Avenue in Portland.

Our Oregon Trail of Waterfalls map leads you on an Oregon road trip to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon. View a digital version of the map

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We look forward to seeing you on the Oregon Trail!

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

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Don’t Let the Sun Set on Summer!

Our Oregon Summer is Sneaking Away and the quieter days of fall are fast approaching. Exploring Oregon at the end of summer feels like you have the whole state to yourself. September and October are great times to visit our great state if you prefer a slower pace. Take a quiet hike, chase a waterfall, discover Oregon.

You’ve been waiting for this quieter Oregon for some time. Here are some of the best outdoor activities in Oregon where you can linger and explore… and you’re unlikely to find crowds! If you want to revel in the great outdoors and have a great time, here are the top five picks from locals in-the-know.

1. Go Chase Waterfalls

One of the best outdoor activities, particularly on a hot day, is to hike to a waterfall and feel the cool mist on your face. You’ll get a workout, soak in some Vitamin-D, and marvel at the beauty of nature. Not sure which waterfall or where to begin? View a digital map to some of Oregon’s most stunning waterfalls here.

2. Cycle Along an Oregon Bike Trail

Did you know Oregon has the ONLY Scenic Bikeway program in the United States? There are 17 scenic bikeways in Oregon! Get ready to ride across desert highways, pedal past geological wonders, and marvel at the sea.

Oregon loves bicyclists. That’s why it’s the first state in the nation to create a Bike Friendly Business program geared toward travelers. And many of the inns with the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild participate. It serves as a recognition and training program aimed to:

  • Help tourism-related businesses understand the importance of Oregon’s growing bicycle tourism industry
  • Provide tips and tools for how businesses can be Bike Friendly
  • Highlight businesses who commit to enhancing the Oregon biking experience for visitors and Oregonians

For a detailed list with information and useful links on all the Oregon bikeways, click here.

3. Nibble Your Way Across Oregon State

Visit farms, wineries, fruit stands, and more along the many Oregon food trails. Savor our various Indigenous foods. If you’d rather head to one destination with several food options, consider these Portland food cart pods or these food carts and food trucks dotting the state. While you’re at it, check out our many wineries and vineyards!

4. Reenact Scenes from Oregon Movies

Did you know that many movies have been filmed in Oregon over the years? It’s true! We also have the Oregon Film Trail, a film museum, and lots of movie locations you can scout first-hand. Some have plaques to commemorate movie scenes and others are more on the down-low. Learn more about Oregon movie locations you may visit here!

5. Put Your Feet in Ruts Left by Pioneer Wagons

Visit various outdoor historical sites and brush up on your Pioneer history in a really fun and engaging way.

Looking for more ideas on unique things to do in Oregon? Click here to print an Oregon Bucket List and check the items off as you go!

Our Oregon Trail of Waterfalls map leads you on an Oregon road trip to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon. View a digital version of the map

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Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

36 hours

You deserve a Staycation and 36 hours in Oregon should fit the bill.

Where in Oregon would you go if you only had 36 hours? What would you do? See? Eat? Where would you stay? Let our innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild be your guides. We’ll offer suggestions to make your day-and-a-half Oregon adventure worth every second! Check out these insider tips below.

36 Hours in Newberg

Where to Eat Lunch in Newberg
Red Hills Market – This is a great stop for coffee and espresso drinks and our favorite pizza spot, they also have great sandwiches, salads, and cookies, say the innkeepers at The DreamGiver’s Inn in Newberg. We also like The Horse Radish. It’s a cool lunch spot in downtown Carlton with a great Northwestern menu. The people are friendly and the food is excellent.

The Newbergundian Bistro offers a casual atmosphere with great service, and has great food. It offers everything from burgers and fish ‘n chips to steak and pasta entrees and also has vegetarian options, say the innkeepers at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Newberg, who are also fans of the Forage Café. Set in a beautiful craftsman cottage, Forage offers wood-fired pizzas and Italian dishes that give you a bit more of an upscale experience at lunch time – perfect in between wine tastings.

Where to Eat Dinner in Newberg

Recipe Neighborhood Kitchen – The service is excellent and the menu varies with the seasons. It has a very cool Northwest theme that’s prepared and presented in excellent fashion. We also love the Joel Palmer House in Dayton. Chef Chris works hard to source local, unique, even rare, foods. He artfully prepares each dish, for a great presentation, and they’re served by his excellent service team, per the innkeepers at The DreamGiver’s Inn. The restaurant has developed a following for its mushroom cuisine.

The Painted Lady is a special dining experience offering 8-course prix fixe meal in a beautiful refurbished Victorian home. Rosmarino Osteria Italiana is a fine dining restaurant with an exciting, entertainer of a chef. So dining here is another experience that we love and guests love. Plus you get awesome, Northern Italian family recipes, per the innkeepers at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast.

Things to Do in Newberg

If you only have 36 hours, make sure to go wine tasting! Newberg is in the Willamette Wine Valley and home to two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. There are nearly 700 wineries in the area! There are 100-wineries alone within 20-minutes from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast.

Some of the innkeepers favorite Wineries in Newberg include:

Natalie’s Estate offering more Big Red Wines so it differs from a lot of the wineries mainly offering Pinot Noirs. Eminent Domaine is another small winery focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with wonderful views. And all the wine tasting rooms in downtown Newberg are a great way to taste the wine, explore the eateries, and shop local.

Get an appointment with Beckham Family Vineyards in Sherwood. You can taste their excellent wines and learn about aging Pinot Noir in jars of clay.

Schedule a grand tour of the Carabella Vineyard in Wilsonville. You can experience their excellent wines as you stroll down the hill through the vineyard to the tasting room. Learn from the winemaker himself, about the geology, geography, history and formation of our growing region here in the north Willamette Valley.

Visit the Aurora Colony Vineyards & Winery in Aurora.

Here you’ll experience the comfortable, cozy indoor seating or sit outside on the patio next to the beautiful pond and waterfall. To go with their excellent wines, they also have a great little restaurant featuring small plates that’s open till 8 pm, most nights.

Cozy up at the 99W Drive-In movie theater, weather-permitting, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There are only three remaining drive-in movie theaters in Oregon. This one has been in operation since 1953.

The Chehalem Cultural Center offers a look at Oregon’s history as well as the work of emerging local artists. Music and events happen all year long offering locals and tourists a great community locale to immerse in local culture.

There are many museums and other attractions such as Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville, End of the Oregon Trail Museum in Oregon City (until it reopens, enjoy its digital content online), etc.

Best Waterfalls in Newberg or Near Newberg

The Multnomah Falls are a group of absolutely stunning waterfalls. They’re a short drive up the Columbia River Gorge. Ask your innkeeper for must-see destinations off the beaten path!

Silver Falls State Park – 10 waterfalls in over 8 miles, several that you can walk behind and get some waterfall mist on your face.

Where to Stay in Newberg

The DreamGiver’s Inn: Kevin and Mary are the owners and operators and live onsite. They make every effort to personally see to the comfort of all guests. The house is big with a distinct, classic, wine country, farm theme. There are many places to hang out and relax, a cozy library, fireside room, several outdoor decks with valley and mountain views.

The baked goods at DreamGivers are made from scratch. Most breakfasts are served farm to table. Kevin and Mary also provide suggestions and arrangements to some of the best wineries and restaurants in Newberg. Kevin has lived in the area his whole life. He’s seen the wine industry develop over the last five decades. For those who are interested, he has many stories and history to share. Come relax and have a glass of wine on the front deck, which overlooks the vineyard and offers a grand view of the Willamette Valley.

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast: Our outstanding view of Newberg, 1000 feet up in the sky, is not to be missed! We have private decks from four of our five rooms, in which to enjoy the panoramic view. We also offer a daily three-course gourmet breakfast, different every day, created by Chef Kristin, who owns the B&B.

We’ve made it our business to know everything about wine country (and even the surrounding area like coastal day trips, Portland excursions, and Gorge and Mt Hood adventuring) so we can give the most up to date, relative info to our wonderfully curious guests. We pride ourselves on our concierge-style, friendly service.

If you only had 36 Hours to discover McMinnville

Where to Eat Lunch in McMinnville
Community Plate – We love the healthy and vegetarian-friendly options at this upbeat, family-owned cafe. It serves American breakfast and lunch classics, plus beer, wine and cocktails. And it’s a favorite among the locals, say the innkeepers at A’ Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast in McMinnville. The Crescent Cafe is another beloved local spot. It offers hearty comfort food that’s made from scratch. Nick’s Italian Cafe is also extremely popular for its homey Italian fare, featuring pasta, wood-fired pizza and a brick-walled bar with a pool table.

Where to Eat Dinner in McMinnville

La Rambla is a great Spanish tapas and paella place and fun for sharing lots of small plates, great food, and cocktails. It also has an extensive wine list. Pizza Capo has an arancini to die for as well as a seasonal burrata salad that just melts in your mouth. The pizzas are wood-fired artisan. Pura Vida Cocina offers great Latin American dishes, like fried avocado and salmon ceviche. It uses really fresh ingredients and has great margaritas too, per the innkeepers at A’ Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast.

Things to Do in McMinnville

Wine and Beer tasting is big here. If you only have 36 hours, check out the several tasting rooms and tap houses on Third Street from which to choose. We love the R. Stuart Taste of Place wine tasting, say the innkeepers at A’ Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast. R. Stuart takes you through their single vineyard bottlings and exposes you to various terroirs. It helps to understand the true soil, sun, wind, elevation, etc. of many of the special vineyards.

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum – home of the Spruce Goose, the largest wooden airplane ever constructed. This aviation museum in McMinnville also has the Hughes H-4 Hercules and more than fifty military and civilian aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and spacecraft.

Miller Woods Conservatory Area has several great hiking trails of varying length and difficulty.

McMinnville Farmer’s Market is a must for fresh, local, fruits and veggies. It’s open on Thursdays from 12 to 6 p, May – October.

Best Waterfalls in McMinnville or Near McMinnville

Baker Creek Falls is located off Baker Creek Road on the north of Slide Mountain. It’s five miles upstream from Ed Grenfell Park and the Miller Woods Conservatory.

Where to Stay in McMinnville

A’ Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast is just a 6-minute walk to McMinnville’s historic downtown Third Street and its popular eateries, boutique shops, beer and wine tastings. The B&B is also between a 10 to 45-minute drive from more than 675 wineries throughout Willamette Valley. A’Tuscan Estate has been in business for 20+ years and has been ranked #1 in McMinnville by TripAdvisor for several years in a row!

36 Hours in Port Orford

Where to Eat Lunch in Port Orford

Tasty Kate’s is a wonderful grab ’n go place with exceptional food. It’s set in a colorful cottage and filled with artsy accents. Crazy Norwegians is known for its fish ’n chips and chowder; they even have tuna fishy chips, say the innkeepers at WildSpring Guest Habitat in Port Orford.

Where to Eat Dinner in Port Orford

Redfish has modern French-inspired seafood dishes in an upscale-casual eatery with jaw-dropping ocean views and a patio. Check the days and hours before you go. Griff’s on the Dock is a shack that is literally on the port dock of the WildSpring Guest Habitat. It has great fish ’n chips, seasonal whole crabs, and other seafood.

Things to Do in Port Orford

Walk around the Port Orford Heads. This coastal state park has amazing views and a rich wartime history. The views from the Headland Trail extend north toward the Cape Blanco Lighthouse and south to Port Orford and Humbug Mountain. Take the Tower Trail to the historical location of the observation tower (removed when the station was decommissioned). During World War II, lookouts watched for enemy aircraft, ships and submarines.

Go fishing, see wildlife or enjoy gliding across the waterways of the banana belt coast of Oregon with an ocean tour by Dave Lacey and team at South Coast Tours.

Best Waterfalls in Port Orford or Near Port Orford

Elk Creek Falls is the final of about a dozen significant waterfalls situated within the Elk Creek basin. It is also the only waterfall among those with easy or developed access of any kind. It’s made up of four tiers in a narrow and twisty canyon. Secret Beach Falls is tucked into the northern-most end where the Oregon Coast Trail squishes between the road and the overlook to Thunder Rock Cove, you’ll find a nearby trail that leads to a small beach with a waterfall.

Where to Stay in Port Orford

WildSpring Guest Habitat sits on 5-acres overlooking the ocean, offering comfortable luxury in a quiet, naturally beautiful second-growth forest. The B&Bs offers cabins instead of rooms, built like small homes and filled with art and antiques. Guests tell us they feel like honored guests in a private estate. You’ll feel like you’re on another planet!

Staycations in Yamhill and Carlton

Where to Eat Lunch in Carlton/Where to Eat Lunch in Yamhill

The Larson House in Carlton has great paninis, sandwiches, and pizza. Beloved Children’s book author, Beverly Cleary, an author of children’s books like the Ramona Quimby series, lived in Yamhill and is represented by a prominent mural on one wall.

Lago de Chapala, a small family-run restaurant, serves authentic Mexican fare and amazing margaritas in Yamhill (and has another location in Newberg). We like the chalupa served with guacamole, sour cream, rice and beans. You also receive complimentary chips and salsa (mild or hot), say the innkeepers at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast in Yamhill-Carlton.

Carlton Corners has great hamburgers (don’t be surprised by the big knife that is sticking out of the burger when it is served), a four-sampler beer tray, and interesting signs on the wall. You can also get food-to-go and gas for your car. Plus, you can bring your pooch. Carlton Corners allows pets to dine with you outside. The restaurant is just a 5-minute walk from the R.R. Thompson House, a historic bed and breakfast in Carlton.

Barrel 47 has a Southwest chicken salad and chicken strips with shoestring fries that are wonderful. This restaurant is situated inside an old bank.

Where to Eat Dinner in Carlton/Where to Eat Dinner in Yamhill

Cuvee serves French cuisine in a small, intimate, setting where you are likely to meet the owner and chef. Earth and Sea is in the old Carlton Firehouse. The big doors that opened to accommodate fire engines were replaced by equally large doors, which remain open when the weather is right. They serve locally sourced and sustainable food. The steaks and fish, as well as oysters in the half shell are very popular, say the innkeepers at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast and R.R. Thompson House.

The Horse Radish is an offbeat storefront nook that serves sandwiches, artisanal cheese plates, local wines and beers. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining. The innkeepers at R.R. Thompson House and Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast had only the highest recommendations for Horse Radish — for both, lunch and dinner.

Things to Do in Carlton/Things to Do in Yamhill

Definitely visit several wineries if you only have 36 hours. Yamhill-Carlton is known for all the wineries and wine tasting. Many have fantastic views and storied pasts. The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot is now the Ken Wright Cellars tasting room.

The Carlton Grain Elevator was remodeled and is the home of Flaneur Wines. Make time to visit the Carlton Winemakers Studio, it’s the first cooperative winery in the U.S. It was built in 2002 and houses 16 wineries. The eco-friendly building used recycled materials and lots windows for lighting. They rotate the wines in the tasting room.

Take a self-guided Carlton Historical Tour, a walking tour of 27-historical sites. Browse the tour now on this app. Are you sure you only have 36 hours? You might want to extend your stay!

Hike the Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey and walk through the woods of this Trappist monastery.

Follow the paved path to the Erratic Rock State Natural Site where you can visit a 90-ton rock that was deposited during an Ice Age flood. Bring your camera! There’s a commanding view of Yamhill County.

In nearby McMinnville, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is home of the Spruce Goose, the largest wooden airplane ever constructed. This aviation museum in McMinnville also has the Hughes H-4 Hercules and more than fifty military and civilian aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and spacecraft. Additionally, McMinnville also has a self-guided walking art walk and a McMinnville self-guided historic building walk.

Best Waterfall in Carlton or Near Yamhill

Silver Falls State Park is breathtaking and has ten waterfalls. The different trails can accommodate hiking, horses, bicycle, mountain bikes and pets on leash. You can picnic and enjoy the scenery.

Where to Stay in Carlton/Where to Stay in Yamhill

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast in Yamhill sits atop a hill with spectacular views down the valley to Mary’s Peak in Corvallis (50 miles away), the Oregon Coast Range and is surrounded by vineyards. The B&B is is equal distance from Yamhill and Carlton.

‘We serve grape juice for breakfast made with the grapes grown on the property, “wine before it’s time,” explain the innkeepers. Guests also receive a vineyard tour “Vineyard Practices -101” where they can learn about the various activities throughout the growing season. This B&B grows its own Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and White Riesling.

R.R. Thompson House in Carlton is the just three blocks from Main Street and the perfect home base to walk the town of Carlton. The B&B is within easy walking distance of all of the wineries, restaurants, and shops in town.

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36 Hours in Mount Hood

Where to Eat Lunch in Mount Hood

Apple Valley BBQ (just two-blocks from the Old Parkdale Inn) has great Northwest style BBQ in the heart of the Upper Hood River Valley. In addition to the BBQ, the sides are great, the specials are great. They’re just great folks, say the innkeepers. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining, as well as pick up orders to-go.

Where to Eat Dinner in Mount Hood

Solera Brewery, across the street from the Old Parkdale Inn, specializes in creating unique, one of a kind beers in small batches. The Hedonist IPA is a local’s favorite, and is the only beer available on draft year round. The taplist changes regularly though the stunning view of Mount Hood remains unchanged. Grateful Vineyard is home to brewed beer, ciders and wine, as well as great pizzas and an amazing view of Mount Hood. Are you sure you only have 36 hours? You might want to extend your stay so you can savor all the incredible foods!

Things to Do in Mount Hood

The first thing to do if you only have 36 hours is to head to the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a scenic 35-mile driving tour through the scenic Hood River Valley, past fruit stands, family farms, and wineries.

Follow the steps of pioneers. Head to the Historic Barlow Road and see a replica of the old tollgate between mileposts 44 and 45 in Rhododendron. This is where pioneers had to pay $5 to cross. You’ll can also see the Laurel Hill Chute, a vertical area where settlers lowered their wagons.

Head to the Mt Hood National Forest and take a dip in Trillium Lake, a popular place to cool off that offers spectacular views of Oregon’s highest point, Mt. Hood.

Visit the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum. The museum tells the history of skiing, snowboarding, and early days of Mt. Hood. Make times to peruse the Mt. Hood Gallery, which includes an interactive 3D mountain model, a unique exhibit on the evolution of skiing at Mt Hood, and a miniature replica of a fire lookout.

Best Waterfalls in Mount Hood or Near Mount Hood
Tamanawas Falls are amazing at 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. The trailhead footbridge is the midpoint of a 8-mile stretch of the East Fork of the Hood River hosting nesting Harlequin Ducks. Belted Kingfisher are common but it’s the songbirds you’re likely to remember long after they’ve sung their tunes. The trailhead is only 9-miles from the Old Parkdale Inn.

Where to Stay in Mount Hood

Old Parkdale Inn: Location! Location! Location! The Hood River Fruit Loop is located in the beautiful Hood River Valley at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood offers you a variety of wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders, and food. Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snowboarding, biking and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound.

36 Hours in Joseph

Where to Eat Lunch in Joseph
The Dog Spot is a unique boutique-cafe combo. The chef is excellent and has created an eclectic fusion menu. The shop features a curated line of clothing, accessories, home goods, and pet essentials with a focus on vendors from the Pacific and Inland Northwest. Indoor and outdoor seating is available; pets are welcome for outdoor seating during summer months, per the innkeepers at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph.

Where to Eat Dinner in Joseph

Terminal Gravity in Enterprise, just 10-minutes from Joseph, is a local brewpub with tasty American eats in a rustic setting with outdoor picnic tables. The Gold Room, 3 to 4-blocks from the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph, has excellent wood-fired pizza as well as signature cocktails. The Embers Brew House has a nice garden to sit in and occasional live music. It’s renowned for having the largest selection of micro-brews in Eastern Oregon.

Things to Do in Joseph

If you only have 36 hours, you’ll want to take a stroll down Main Street beginning on the north end. Heading south you can visit unique shops, galleries, and eateries along the way. Continue south through town to the very end of Main Street and you will arrive at the Iwetemlaykin State Park Heritage Site. As you gain a little elevation you’ll possibly see on a clear day The Seven Devils mountain range in Idaho. From there continue south to the shores of Wallowa Lake and Chief Joseph’s monument.

Wallowa Lake is a ribbon lake 1-mile south of Joseph. It’s located between the south end of a scenic glacial lake and the towering peaks of the Wallowa Mountains. There is a large day-use area along the lake that features a beach, fishing spots, and picnic tables. The park continues a mile upriver at Little Alps day-use area, which also offers picnicking along the river and access to the Wallowa Lake Trailhead, the gateway to the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.

Zumwalt Prairie has the largest remaining areas of Pacific Northwest bunchgrass prairie in North America. The narrow trails lead to great sightings of hawks, eagles and other wildlife. How many eagles will you see in 36 hours?

Best Waterfalls in Joseph or Near Joseph

BC Creek Falls lies within the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail, approximately an 8-mile out-and-back trail near Joseph. In less than 3-miles on the trail you’ll find two rivers and Wallowa Lake views, in addition to the falls. Click here to print a map to the trail. Also, Wallowa Falls, seems more like a long rapid than a fall but its location, nested in a deep gorge is beautiful. While in the area, check out the new Wallowa Falls Campground and enjoy a picnic with a view!

Where to Stay in Joseph

Relax on the front porch any time of the day or enjoy a round of bocce ball on the regulation size court at Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph. The view from the breakfast room is spectacular. The laid back, inviting atmosphere, will make you want to stay forever; what 36 hours?

36 Hours in Monmouth

Where to Eat Lunch in Monmouth

One of the top lunch spots is Koyotes Tacos – best street tacos in town! The food is reasonably priced and it’s just one block from its Main Street location to MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast (and Events Center). Many guests choose to get their food to-go and return to the B&B’s courtyard, per the innkeepers, who urge guests to also pop by the Carnivale Donut Bar Truck on their walk.

Craft Bar West is funky and fun. It even boasts a Hobbit Hole! From sandwiches, soup and delicious cocktails to actual CRAFTING opportunities (make a sign to take home with you) – enjoy the atmosphere and tasty lunch items, per the innkeepers at MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast (and Events Center) in Monmouth.

Where to Eat Dinner in Monmouth

Crush Wine Bar is owned by a good friend of the innkeepers of MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast (and Events Center). Crush has a HUGE wine list and great beers/ciders on tap. We recommend the steak or shrimp risotto and you MUST start your meal off with the spinach artichoke dip, say the innkeepers. Need something lighter?Try their delicious charcuterie board or have the innkeepers pick it up for you and have it waiting at the B&B.

Dry Town Tap Station has a casual and relaxing vibe and got its name because Monmouth used to be a dry town up until 2002. You can enjoy a pint, dinner from their eclectic food truck with revolving menu, and also jam out to live music most Friday and Saturday nights in the summer; you’ll find plenty of outdoor seating!

Things to Do in Monmouth

If you only have 36 hours, you’ll want to head to Baskett Slough, a National Wildlife Refuge that provides a home for threatened and endangered species, stopovers for migratory birds, and trails for visiting. With an easy walk (kid-friendly!) you can spot wildlife, wildflowers and beautiful vistas of the Willamette Valley.

Western Oregon University is only a block from MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast (and Events Center) and the innkeepers highly recommend visitors take a stroll. There’s lots of history, a pretty campus, and many wonderful events take place on campus!

The other must-do in Monmouth is wine tasting. The innkeepers at MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast (and Events Center) have some of their favorites to recommend based on your wine preferences, views, things you can do at the winery, and some colorful and fun winery owners!

Many wineries near Monmouth offer delicious food menus, like wood-fired pizzas, so you can have dinner/lunch with your tasting. Others have music, yoga, or other fun activities you can enjoy while tasting! And our friends at Crush Wine Bar do joinable and private tours to help you get from point A to B.

Best Waterfalls in Monmouth or Near Monmouth

Silver Falls State Park– While it’s about an hour’s drive (to Sublimity) it’s worth it! The falls offer stunning views, fun hikes, and lots to experience with its 10 waterfalls in over 8 miles, several that you can walk behind and get some waterfall mist on your face.

Where to Stay in Monmouth
MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast (and Events Center) is set in the Historic Howell House. Built in 1891, the B&B has all the charm you would expect from a house built 130 years ago. It’s conveniently located a block from Western Oregon University, close to many amazing wineries, and centrally located for day trips to Portland, Oregon Coast, Salem and more!

36 Hours in Roseburg

Where to Eat Lunch in Roseburg
Brix Grill in historic old town Roseburg is is consistently good. It’s a stylish eatery, full of locals, has a large variety, and great service, say the innkeepers at C.H. Bailey House in Roseburg. Lighthouse Center Bakery is vegan and people drive for miles to eat there. No matter what day you go, it is always busy, but service is great and it never seems overcrowded. The food is great, the place is beautiful, and the outdoor seating is lovely.

Where to Eat Dinner in Roseburg
True Kitchen + Bar is intimate, beautifully decorate, and offers refined Northwest dinners, cocktails and wine. The desserts are amazing, per C.H. Bailey House. The Parrott House, set inside a restored historic home from 1891 has upscale dining, great drinks, a wonderful setting and atmosphere, and a fun Bourbon Bar.

Things to Do in Roseburg

If you only have 36 hours, you’ll want to go wine tasting! There are 30 wine tasting rooms and eight local breweries. Try Abacela Winery. Their wine is award winning, but even if everyone in your party doesn’t drink, the walk through the vineyards to the gazebo on a hill is great exercise and provides a wonderful place for respite and views. If you take a bottle of wine and some glasses with you, it’s even better.

Make sure to leave enough time for the Wildlife Safari in Winston. The Safari is known for it’s known for its cheetah breeding program and fun experiences, like having an elephant paint a picture for you.

Best Waterfalls in Roseburg or Near Roseburg
There are so many waterfalls in the Umpqua Valley, but unfortunately with the fires in 2020 and 2021, many waterfalls are not currently accessible. One of our favorites, that still can be visited (and we often hike to it on Christmas Day), is Wolf Creek Falls. It’s a two tier waterfall located on the west side of the Umpqua National Forest. You’ll find it where rivers of the forest create several waterfalls; Cavitt Creek Falls, and Shadow Falls are within five miles of Wolf Creek.

Where to Stay in Roseburg
C.H. Bailey House is a one-bedroom bungalow, tastefully furnished with full amenities, luxurious linens, complimentary local wine and beer, breakfast, and fresh flowers in Roseburg. A guest once said the innkeepers provide, “Culture and class in rural Oregon.”

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Spring Showers Don’t Just Bring May Flowers in Oregon

Come feel the mist of Oregon waterfalls on your face!

Oregon has more than 238 waterfalls across the state (and 1,000+ according to the Northwest Waterfalls Survey).You basically can’t drive more than 30-minutes without passing another waterfall! The Columbia River Gorge has close to 50 notable waterfalls alone… so where should you go? We’ve come up with a list of 66 must-see waterfalls (it’s really more like 80 since we grouped some together).

Here’s our list of must-see Oregon waterfalls by region. Beside each waterfall you’ll see a number. That’s the number we’ve assigned to the waterfall on our humongous The Oregon Trail of Waterfalls map.

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OREGON CASCADE WATERFALLS
Ramona Falls (W17): This shaded waterfall is in a forest along the Pacific Crest Trail on the upper Sandy River — on the west side of Mount Hood. The falls are about 120 feet tall, consisting of a wall of cascades. Click to learn more about Ramona Falls. Thinking of hiking there? Check out how these bloggers went about their trek.

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Tamanawas Falls (W18): Bring your binoculars and prepare to see a lot of birds and a stunning waterfall! The falls are AMAZING at 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. The trailhead footbridge is the midpoint of a 8-mile stretch of the East Fork of the Hood River hosting nesting Harlequin Ducks. Belted Kingfisher are common but it’s the songbirds you’re likely to remember long after they’ve sung their tunes.

Little Zig Zag River Falls (W19): One of Oregon’s hidden gems. A picturesque stream leads to a photogenic waterfall on this family-friendly trail; complete with a picnic table at the very start. It couldn’t be more perfect. If you go, read this first.

Yocum Falls (W20): This waterfall is right in the heart of the Mount Hood National Forest. It sits in Zigzag canyon with many waterfalls, including Little Zigzag River Falls and Ramona Falls. Want to hike there? Here’s how this couple did it.

Pencil Falls (W21): This glacier-fed waterfall is in the alpine area of Mount Hood Meadows. A small path leads to a great viewing.

Upper Heather Canyon Falls (W22): Where the Timberline Trail crosses Heather Creek, is thought to be one of the most scenic areas of Mount Hood. In Heather Canyon a series of waterfalls tumbles beneath this trail.

Umbrella Falls (W23): This popular and family-friendly waterfall is accessible from scenic hiking trails. Look up! You’ll see a chair lift too. Click here to read all about the hike.

White River Falls (W33): The waterfall is the main focus of the White River Falls State Park and for good reason — the scenic White River plunges 90-feet from a basalt shelf. It’s been written up in many books too, see the titles here.

Tamolitch Falls (W45): Follow the McKenzie river through the old growth forest to Tamolitch Falls, which flows into a lava formed Blue Pool, renowned for its iridescent blue coloring. Want to see it for yourself? Here’s what you need to know.

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Sahalie Falls (W46): Sahalie Falls, is the first and tallest of three waterfalls on the roaring McKenzie River. It plunges about 100 feet over a naturally formed lava dam. Here’s how to hike there.

Koosah Falls (W47): Koosah Falls, aka Middle Falls, is the second of the three major waterfalls of the McKenzie River, in the center of the Willamette National Forest. The waterfall plunges into a pool, south of Santiam Pass, a renowned 4,817-foot mountain pass in the Cascade Range. Visit with time to make the most of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail and other nearby activities.

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CENTRAL AND EASTERN OREGON WATERFALLS
Hurricane Creek Falls (W24): Hurricane Creek Falls are located along granite and limestone cliffs and an incredible amount of wildflowers along the Hurricane Creek Trailhead at Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Falls Creek Falls (W25): This is one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest! Come see three tiers of this waterfall drop 335-ft and decide for yourself.

BC Creek Falls (W26): Located near Wallowa State Park, BC Creek Falls (W26) lies within the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail, approximately an 8-mile out-and-back trail near Joseph. In less than 3-miles on the trail you’ll find two rivers and Wallowa Lake views, in addition to the falls. Click here to print a map to the trail.

Wallowa Falls (W27): Take Chief Joseph Trail to Wallowa Falls (and BC Falls – just a few miles away). Wallowa falls seems more like a long rapid but its location, nested in a deep gorge is beautiful. While in the area, check out the new Wallowa Falls Campground and enjoy a picnic with a view!

John Day River (W37): This is the longest un-dammed river in Oregon. The section between Service Creek and Tumwater Falls flows through a colorful canyons and beautiful terrain. Want to spend a few days exploring this area? You’ll find a 3-day itinerary here.

Steelhead Falls (W48): Formed a few million years ago, this Oregon waterfall is lined by colorful 25-foot cliffs. The fall drops into a deep canyon. It’s a popular go-to destination for swimming and cliff jumping.

Tumalo Falls (W53): Tumalo Falls is both the tallest, 89 feet, and most impressive waterfall along Tumalo Creek – as well as one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the vicinity of Bend. Learn more here.

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Benham Falls (W58): These are the largest falls on the upper Deschutes River. Unlike the other falls the area, Benham Falls is not related to a lava flow. It is a free-form cascade in its own right. Here’s how to hike there.

Fall River Falls (W59): A trail passes by historic cabin ruins and parallels the Fall River all the way to the falls. It’s a popular fly fishing spot.

McKay Crossing Falls (W60): This 23-foot waterfall plunges into a small canyon with several picture-ready viewpoints. Check out these photos.

Paulina Creek Falls (W61): This waterfall is known for its side-by-side drop of 80-feet that surrounds a small island at the edge of the cliff. Here’s where to get the best view.

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COLUMBIA GORGE WATERFALLS
Bridal Veil (W8): Hidden beneath the Historic Columbia River Highway, this small two-tiered waterfall is easy to reach. Make sure to check out the romantic messages carved into the handrails of the viewpoint. See part of the trail now.

Wiesendanger Falls (W9): Named after Forest Service Ranger, Albert Wiesendanger, the 55-foot falls are also known as Upper Multnomah Falls, Twanklaskie Falls, and Double Falls (the latter together with Ecola Falls). Learn more about Wiesendanger Falls here.

Ponytail Falls (W10): Ponytail Falls, also known as Upper Horsetail Falls, is on Horsetail Creek just above Horsetail Falls. This is one of the more popular waterfalls for professional photographers, for stunning pictures looking out from behind the falls. See a ‘behind’ shot.

Elowah Falls (W11): Elowah Falls drops 289 feet into an amphitheater of lava flows of millions of years ago. Please note: The trail to the bottom of Elowah Falls is closed until further notice due to a massive landslide that buried the trail and bridge across McCord Creek but you can still see Elowah Falls from the McCord Falls trail.

Wahclella Falls (W12): OregonHikers.org describes this fall as one of the more interesting falls in the Columbia River Gorge. It runs along Tanner Creek and features two drops.

Starvation Creek Falls (W13): This waterfall is an anomaly in that it’s a manmade waterfall! Highway crews created tunnel through the rock to divert Warren Creek here in the 2930s and solve an issue with the creek and the highway. The water shoots out from a long tunnel and, well, falls… creating Starvation Creek Falls. Read all about it!

Historic Columbia River Highway waterfalls — including Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, Latourell Falls, and Wahkeena Falls; W14): You can tour the waterfalls that make up the Columbia River Gorge by car or on foot, but you won’t have the full-on spectacular experience unless you do both. Whatever you do, make sure to save time to see Multnomah Falls. It is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest and more than 2 million visitors come each year to take in its view. Before you go, print this map of a waterfall tour loop on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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Ecola Falls (W15): Ecola Falls is the last major of the falls as you travel upstream on the Larch Mountain Trail. What does ecola mean? It’s the Chinook word for whale.

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OREGON COAST RANGE
Bridge Creek Falls (W5): This three tier fall has a 35-ft drop and is right near Highway 6 by the Footbridge Trailhead. Learn more.

Fern Rock Falls (W6): An understated and beautiful waterfall along Highway 6.

University Falls (W7): Located within an area that was devastated by one of the worst forest fires in Oregon’s history, this forest was rehabilitated, trees were planted (more than 70 million!) and the Tillamook State Forest began. University Falls is a 55-ft fall over a wall of basalt. Check out what this hiker had to say while on the quest to take the family holiday photo by the fall.

Green Peak Falls (W41): This is the second waterfall on the Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls Trail. First, you’ll see Alsea Falls. While most people tend to stop there, there’s a second waterfall, just as beautiful but larger, father ahead. Keep going, you’ll likely find a magical moment of solace and beauty.

Alsea Falls (W42): This is the namesake and the first of two cascades on the Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls Trail. It’s stunning, quick, and easy to reach. See some pics!

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Sweet Creek Falls (W49): Four tiered-plunges from varying heights cascade for about 70-feet, making an impressive multi-waterfall effect. Bring your camera!

Beaver Creek Falls (W50): If there were a meet cute for waterfalls, this would be it. Beaver Creek is a small waterfall where Beaver Creek and Sweet Creek meet and intertwine into one. Even the two names are movie-esque! Take a peek at some of the trail.

Lower Kentucky Falls (W51): The Kentucky Falls Trailhead has three falls. First comes Upper Kentucky Falls, then 2-miles later through an old growth forest you’ll see spectacular twin falls plunging 100 feet, they are: Lower Kentucky Falls and North Fork of the Smith Falls.

Upper Kentucky Falls (W52): The Upper Kentucky Falls is the first of three spectacular waterfalls on the Kentucky Falls Trailhead.

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SOUTHERN OREGON WATERFALLS
Umpqua River Highway Waterfalls (Susan Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls, Watson Falls, Toketee Falls, Clearwater Falls; W55):
You can tour all the waterfalls that make up the Umpqua River Highway Waterfalls while you picnic and hike or you can focus on the favorites we listed here. Your choice!

Diamond Creek Falls (W56): There’s a reason Diamond Creek Falls and its graceful cliffside drop is thought of as one of the prettiest waterfalls in Oregon. Come see for yourself!

Salt Creek Falls (W57): This is a popular stop for travelers on Highway-58. It’s also the second highest waterfall in Oregon. Get the insider’s scoop on the viewing platform.

Rogue River Gorge Falls (W63): At the head of the gorge you’ll find this waterfall, right where the river splits around volcanic rock. The view is stunning and made even better by the surrounding forest.

Prospect Waterfalls (Pearsony Falls, Barr Creek Falls, Prospect Falls, Mill Creek Falls; W64): This series of cascades follow the Rogue River just outside the town of Prospect. The river drops and ricochets until it hits a stretch of boulders.

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Klamath Falls (W66): Define waterfall? That’s what you might think when you see the falls of Klamath Falls. They’re more of a set of whitewater rapids. And yet, they’re beautiful and worth the trek.

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OREGON COAST WATERFALLS
Youngs River Falls (W1): Grab your bathing suit! This 50-foot waterfall is a popular swimming spot during the summer months.

Hug Point Falls (W3): This waterfall sits at a beach and is surrounded by several caves. It’s name has an interesting backstory too.

Blumenthal Falls (W4): This is one of the few waterfalls in the Northwest that you can see fall into the Pacific Ocean without needing any help from a boat, thank you.

Munson Creek Falls (W28): Whoa! This is the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range — tumbling 319 feet over several tiers. A small trail winds along the Munson Creek through an old-growth forest to find the base of the fall.

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Upton Falls (W29): Something fishy? Well, maybe fish-related at least. This fall was the upstream limit of migration for native fish but the falls have been altered to include a fish ladder and a dam to divert the water too. Read more on its history here. See spectacular photos here.

Drift Creek Falls (W34): The 240-foot suspension bridge (the longest in all of Oregon!) crosses the canyon beside the 8-ft falls, making this waterfall excursion unlike any other.

Rocky Creek Falls (W38): Pull off Highway 101 and you’re likely to see these easy-to-reach and easy-to-spot falls. They spill right into the Pacific Ocean. Get driving directions here.

Golden Falls (W54): Did you know that if you hike a little over a mile to the top of Golden Falls you can see a bird’s-eye view of the waterfall, firs, and cedars. That’s something to write home about! Golden Falls is the third tallest waterfall in the Oregon Coast Range.

Elk Creek Falls (W62): It may be last but it’s not least. Elk Creek Falls is the final of about a dozen significant waterfalls situated within the Elk Creek basin. It is also the only waterfall among those with easy or developed access of any kind. It’s made up of four tiers in a narrow and twisty canyon. Read this first-hand account of getting to Elk Creek.

Secret Beach Falls (W65): Shh… it’s called a secret because it’s hard to find but here’s the skinny. Tucked into the northern-most end where the Oregon Coast Trail squishes between the road and the overlook to Thunder Rock Cove, you’ll find a nearby trail that leads to a small beach with a waterfall. Use this to plan your trip.

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WILLAMETTE VALLEY WATERFALLS
Beaver Falls (W2): Beaver Falls spills from a lip of basalt into a turquoise-colored pool. Some say that if you come at the right time, you’ll see rainbows in the mist. The best part, if you’re on a mission to see many waterfalls, Beaver Falls is one you can spot from the road if you’d rather not walk the trail.

Willamette Falls (W16): This horseshoe-shaped block waterfall is created by a basalt shelf in the river bottom. It’s fall is 42 ft high and 1,500-ft -wide and set the record for being the largest waterfall by water volume in the Northwest and also for being the 18th largest by volume. Surrounding the falls are the locks, which are the oldest continuously operating multi-lift lock and canal system in all of the United States.

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INSIDER TIP! If you want to see a boat go through the locks, call the lockmaster’s office at 503-656-3381 and they can tell you when boats are scheduled to go through. Click here to download information on the Willamette Falls Locks curated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Learn even more through The Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, whose on a mission to preserve and share stories of people and the power of the water at the great falls of the Willamette River.

Niagara Falls (W30) and Pheasant Creek Falls (W31): Follow the foliage then cross not one wooden bridge but FOUR — each with a magnificent view of two 100-ft waterfalls: Niagara Falls and Pheasant Creek Falls. Click here for more details and here for a trail map.

Scotts Mills Falls (W32): Scotts Mills Falls is a small fall with big popularity. It sits at the site of a former flour mill and cascades through a rocky cliff into the large swimming hole.

Falls City Falls (W35): Falls City Falls are at the center of Falls City. In fact, Falls City is named after the falls. In the past, this was a lumbermill town.

Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park (W36): This is Oregon’s largest State Park, coming in at 9,000-acres. It also has one of the most impressive waterfall day-hikes in the United States! Well, there are at least 10 spectacular falls within this 7.8 mile-loop. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

Parker Creek Falls (W39): To see Parker Falls you’ll need to work your way through the Parker Falls Trail. The rewards are huge! You’ll see a series of waterfalls, pools and cascades nestled in a forest of Douglas fir. Get more specifics here.

Alder Creek Falls (W40): Just east of Sweethome, Alder Creek Falls is on the way to Marys Peak, a must-see destination and the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range. Download a Marys Peak Trail Guide here.

Royal Terrace Falls (W43): Royal Terrace Falls is the biggest of the four falls at McDowell Creek Falls Park though it’s also the lowest-volume. A sign nailed to a nearby tree says the falls drop 119 feet. The falls happen where Fall Creek drops over the valley into a whimsical stair-step type of display that also allow for an experiential component.

Majestic Falls (W44): This 39-ft waterfall is arguably the most beautiful of McDowell Creek Park. There are staircases with nearly 70 steps that let you explore the cascading waterfall from different vantage points.

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The Oregon trail of Waterfalls represents countless hours, many sketches, and endless conversations to help make your next Oregon road trip one to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon!


POPULAR QUESTIONS ABOUT OREGON WATERFALLS 

What is the largest waterfall in Oregon?
Multnomah Falls is the largest waterfall in Oregon. More specifically, it’s the tallest waterfall in Oregon, measuring 611-ft.

How many waterfalls are there in Oregon?
There are at least 238 waterfalls in the state of Oregon. The Northwest Waterfalls Survey estimates more than 1,000.

How many waterfalls are in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon?
There are a total of 17 waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. In fact, the Trail of Ten Falls loop will take you above, around, and even behind 4 of the 10 waterfalls.


Did we miss any must-see Oregon waterfalls? Please let us know!

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The professional association of Oregon’s individually operated bed and Breakfast inns, also known as the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, wants to share with you the Oregon Trail of Waterfalls!

Oregon Trail of Waterfalls
We’ve created the Oregon Trail of Waterfalls campaign because we want travelers to get to know the state like a local. We want guests to reap the benefits of the great outdoors in the safety of a small, meticulously inspected, inn. After all, less people spells less risk, and much more attention to detail.

Oregon B&Bs Draw Doodle Map of Must-See State Waterfalls for Socially-Distant Adventures

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More than two dozen bed and breakfasts come together to sketch a summer to remember and encourage travelers to hit the road and seize the summer with COVID-safe regional experiences

Salem, Oregon (June 29, 2021)— Twenty-nine bed and breakfasts across the state of Oregon have put pen to paper to draw a doodle map and encourage travelers to fill their tanks, hit the road, and seize the summer – one waterfall at a time.

“If we’ve learned anything from this incredibly challenging time, it’s to value experiences and relish in the safety and beauty of the great outdoors,” said Sue Stein, president of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild (OBBG), which is the professional association of Oregon’s individually operated bed and Breakfast inns, and the group that sketched the timely initiative.

The Oregon Trail of Waterfalls, as it’s called, is a beautiful, limited edition, double-sided map illustrated by artist Victoria Buchkova. It’s a huge piece of art measuring 24-inches across and 18-inches down. Each map will be carefully folded and mailed free-of-charge to travelers upon request, while supplies last.

The front of the map features more than 80 must-see waterfalls across the entire state, as well as nearby bed and breakfasts where one can reserve a room and stay. The B&Bs and waterfalls are in color, the remaining landmarks and terrain are in black and white, to afford adults an unexpected moment of quiet, and the opportunity to envision their own adventure and color their course.

The back on the map highlights various bits of information, like the many Oregon food trails, Instagram-worthy drives, popular in-state movie spots, and scenic bikeways – Oregon has the only Scenic Bikeway program in the United States with 17 routes that pedal across desert highways, geological wonders, and by the sea.

“We really tried to think of everything that would encompass a truly remarkable journey, from getting the map, to getting excited, to getting in your car, and getting here,” says Stein. “Plus, we all know our areas so incredibly well, what we really created is the blueprint to the experience of a lifetime.”

The B&Bs are clearly marked on the map in relation to the waterfalls, wineries, bikeways and byways, eliminating any guess work by first time travelers. In addition to the paper maps, the innkeepers have launched a website with even more information on different activities with links to insider resources: www.OregonTrailofWaterfalls.com.

About the OBBG Bed and Breakfasts:

Each participating bed and breakfast is part of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and is meticulously inspected for cleanliness, sanitation, insurance, and licensing. All of the B&Bs have nine rooms or less, reducing potential risk to travelers and maximizing the attention to detail.

For more information on the The Oregon Trail of Waterfalls, to reserve a room, or to request your free map visit www.OregonTrailofWaterfalls.com.

Below is a list of the 25 participating properties – arranged alphabetically:

A’Tuscan Estate –  McMinnville
Airlie Farm – Monmouth
Baywood Shores Bed & Breakfast– Lincoln City
Bella Collina Bed & Breakfast– Amity
Brey House Ocean View Bed & Breakfast Inn– Lincoln City
Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast– Joseph
C.H. Bailey House– Roseburg
Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast– Newberg
Franziska Haus B&B– Dundee
The Fulton House– Portland
La Bastide Bed and Breakfast– Dundee
MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast– Monmouth
Old Parkdale Inn– Parkdale
Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House – Prospect
R.R. Thompson House– Carlton
The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast– Carlton
The DreamGiver’s Inn B&B– Newberg
The Setting Inn Willamette Valley – Newberg
Thyme & Tide– Oceanside
turtlejanes bed & breakfast– Oceanside
WildSpring Guest Habitat– Port Orford
Willamette Valley Bed & Breakfast– Newberg
Wilson Ranches Retreat B&B– Fossil
Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast– Yamhill
Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn – McMinnville

Below is a list of the 25 participating properties – arranged by city:

Amity
Bella Collina Bed & Breakfast

Beaverton
The Fulton House

Carlton
The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast
R.R. Thompson House

Dundee
Franziska Haus B&B
La Bastide Bed and Breakfast

Fossil
Wilson Ranches Retreat B&B

Joseph
Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast

Lincoln City
Baywood Shores Bed & Breakfast
Brey House Ocean View Bed & Breakfast Inn

McMinnville
A’Tuscan Estate
Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn

Monmouth
Airlie Farm
MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast

Newberg
Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast
The DreamGiver’s Inn B&B
The Setting Inn Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley Bed & Breakfast

Oceanside
Thyme & Tide
turtlejanes bed & breakfast

Parkdale
Old Parkdale Inn

Portland
The Fulton House

Port Orford
WildSpring Guest Habitat

Roseburg
C.H. Bailey House

Yamhill
Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast

Below is a list of the 25 participating properties – arranged by region:

Coast, Central:
Baywood Shores Bed & Breakfast– Lincoln City
Brey House Ocean View Bed & Breakfast Inn– Lincoln City

Coast, North:
Thyme & Tide– Oceanside
turtlejanes bed & breakfast– Oceanside

Coast, South:
WildSpring Guest Habitat– Port Orford

Eastern:
Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast– Joseph
Wilson Ranches Retreat B&B– Fossil

Hood-Gorge:
Old Parkdale Inn– Parkdale

Portland:
The Fulton House– Portland

South:
C.H. Bailey House– Roseburg
Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House – Prospect

Willamette, North:
A’Tuscan Estate –  McMinnville
Bella Collina Bed & Breakfast– Amity
The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast– Carlton
Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast– Newberg
The DreamGiver’s Inn B&B– Newberg
Franziska Haus B&B– Dundee
La Bastide Bed and Breakfast– Dundee
R.R. Thompson House– Carlton
The Setting Inn Willamette Valley – Newberg
Willamette Valley Bed & Breakfast– Newberg
Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast– Yamhill
Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn – McMinnville

Willamette, South:
Airlie Farm – Monmouth
MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast– Monmouth

NEXT: Click on each image below to create your own epic Oregon road trip! Click here to view a digital map with interactive links.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

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● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

The Oregon Summer is Calling. June 21st marks the longest day of the year. Many, many hours of daylight to get out and explore. Over 16 hours of daylight actually.

Winery Itinerary Tour Service at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakast can  help take the effort out of your winery reservation planning. Give ’em a call.

There are more than 500 wineries in the Willamette Valley and as many vineyards, Less than 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon, the Columbia Gorge AVA includes land surrounding the Columbia River, with vineyards and wineries in both Oregon and Washington. The Umpqua Valley has over 30 wine tasting venues to enjoy local award-winning Umpqua Valley wine.


Chase a Waterfall. Or two. Or three

Cool off in the mist of an Oregon Waterfall. We’ve come up with a list of 66 must-see waterfalls (it’s really more like 80 since we grouped some together).

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bikeways oregonScenic Byways for Driving, Biking and Hiking

Let the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild be your home base while hiking and biking Oregon

Looking for the most scenic drives in Oregon? Want to make all your Instagram friends a little jealous? Oregon has 29 designated Scenic Byways! So, get in the car, on your bike or in your hiking boots, take some pics, and reignite your soul.

Let the Oregon Mural Trail inspire you to get outside and experience the wonders of our smaller communities. And while you’re there, visit the landmarks and businesses that make these towns just so magical.
Featured image above is the Oregon is Magic mural in Ontario, the gateway to desert beauty, stunning river canyons and towering mountain ranges. In a different time zone!

Seek out an Historic Covered Bridge of Oregon

Oregon has the largest collection of historic covered bridges in the western part of the United States, with over 50 covered spans.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Oregon Scenic Bikeways

Oregon scenic bikeways are THE place for avid cyclists!

Did you know Oregon has the ONLY Scenic Bikeway program in the United States? We have 17 scenic bikeways in Oregon! Get ready to ride across desert highways, pedal past geological wonders, and marvel at the sea.

Oregon loves bicyclists. That’s why we’re the first state in the nation to create a Bike Friendly Business program geared toward travelers. And many of our inns participate. It serves as a recognition and training program aimed to:

  • Help tourism-related businesses understand the importance of Oregon’s growing bicycle tourism industry
  • Provide tips and tools for how businesses can be Bike Friendly
  • Highlight businesses who commit to enhancing the Oregon biking experience for visitors and Oregonians

Listed first are the bikeways closest to our B&Bs. After, you’ll find the other bikeways, as well as info on the famed Oregon Timber Trail and the Oregon Coast Bike Route. Ask your innkeeper for insider details.

Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway: This family-friendly 36-mile Oregon bicycle loop leads to several covered bridges, including Chambers Bridge, a historic railroad bridge; Cottage Grove, a historic downtown district; and a bike/walk-only path along the north side of Dorena Lake. From C. H. Bailey House in Roseburg head north to Cottage Grove and the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway

  • See info SPECIFIC to Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway here.
  • Get the Covered Bridges Bikeway map & cue sheet.
  • View the Covered Bridges Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway: For days of jaw-dropping landscape and jam-packed adventure, nothing beats the geologic splendor, fossil beds, and many varied routes on this 161-mile loop (loop and out and back options). Stay at Wilson Ranches Retreat B&B.

  • See info SPECIFIC to the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway here.
  • Get the Painted Hills Bikeway map and cue sheet.
  • View the Painted Hills Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway: Bike past vineyards, dairy farms, and more as you take in the views of the Tualatin River on this moderate 51-mile course that’s very popular with foodies. Stay at The Fulton House.

  • See info SPECIFIC to the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway here.
  • Get the Tualatin Valley Bikeway map and cue sheet.
  • View the Tualatin Valley Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway: Nestled in the fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon Coast, this moderate, 61-mile, route lets you finish your trek in a day or break it up into several out-and-back rides. Stay at WildSpring Guest Habitat.

  • See info SPECIFIC to the Wild Rivers Coast Bikeway here.
  • Get the Wild Rivers Coast Bikeway map and cue sheet.
  • View the Wild Rivers Coast Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway: Make your own history by cycling the first official Scenic Bikeway in the United States! This 134-mile, one-way, course takes you past vineyards and through quaint towns as you trace the Willamette River. Stay at: Airlie Farm, A’Tuscan Estate, Bella Collina Bed & Breakfast, The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast, C’est la Vie Inn, Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, Franziska Haus B&B, La Bastide Bed and Breakfast, MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast, R.R. Thompson House, The Setting Inn – Willamette Valley, The Willows Bed & Breakfast, Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast, and Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn.

  • See info SPECIFIC to the Willamette Valley Bikeway here.
  • Get the Willamette Valley Bikeway map and cue sheet.
  • View the Willamette Valley Bikeway on RideWithGPS.com.
  • Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map here.

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To view more Oregon scenic bikeways visit TravelOregon.com.

Click here for an Oregon scenic bikeways map with all 17 bike routes. For more information on mountain biking in Oregon, click here. You’ll find information on Oregon mountain biking rides in Bend, Ashland, Oakridge, Baker City/La Grande and Mt. Hood.

More seasoned bikers who’d like to experience Oregon by bike from top to bottom? Take the 669-mile Oregon Timber Trail through the Cascade mountain range. Stay at Old Parkdale Inn, listed as a lodging option in the Hood Tier. The trail has organized its rider resources into three sections: Mountain Bike rides, Tier Loops, and Long Distance. Below is information on each.

Best mountain bike rides on the Oregon Timber Trail (aka best MTB rides on the Oregon Timber Trail):

Rides in the Fremont Tier 
Rides in the Willamette Tier
Rides in the Deschutes
Rides in the Hood Tier 

Best Tier Loops on the Oregon Timber Trail:

Fremont Tier 
Willamette Tier
Hood Tier

Best Long Distance on the Oregon Timber Trail:

Gateway Communities
Fremont Tier
Willamette Tier
Deschutes Tier
Hood Tier

If you’d rather bike along the coast, pedal 370-miles along sweeping vistas on the Oregon Coast Bike Route. To see the official Oregon Department Of Transportation map of the Coast Route, click here.


Oregon Biking Resources

Traveling to Oregon with bike? Travel Oregon has detailed information, whether you’re arriving via train or plane. The tourism commission also has information on Oregon bike concierge services, shipping a bike to Oregon, shuttle companies, and public transit. As well as a huge list of Oregon bicycling maps and Oregon guide books by region.

You can also learn all about Oregon bike shops, cool programs like Portland by Cycle where you can explore urban neighborhoods on guided bike tours, or take part on a bike race, regardless of your skill level, through the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Let’s all be respectful and safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

 

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There are many dog friendly hiking trails to spectacular waterfalls in Oregon.

Listed below are the best dog friendly waterfall hikes in Oregon, arranged by region. Remember to grab a leash – dogs are allowed to use these trails but must be tethered.

When you go, plan to stay nearby with your dog at Old Parkdale Inn in Mt Hood; the motel at the Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House in Prospect; and C.H. Bailey House in Roseburg; as these are pet-friendly, top-rated, OBBG properties.

Oregon Dog Friendly Waterfalls to Hike to in Willamette Valley

dog friendly waterfall hikes oregon
  • Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls TrailAlsea Falls (W42) is the namesake and the first of two cascades on the Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls Trail (W41). These two waterfalls are stunning, quick, and easy to reach with a 2.4-mile out-and-back trail. It’s a good year-round trail for all skill levels. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls: Sahalie Falls (W46) is the first and tallest of three waterfalls on the roaring McKenzie River. It plunges about 100 feet over a naturally formed lava dam. Koosah Falls (W47), aka Middle Falls, is the second of the three major waterfalls of the McKenzie River, in the center of the Willamette National Forest. The waterfall plunges into a pool, south of Santiam Pass, a renowned 4,817-foot mountain pass in the Cascade Range. The waterfalls are part of a 2+ mile hike along a loop trail near Cascadia, Oregon, and features a beautiful lake.  It’s a good year-round trail for all skill levels. Visit with time to make the most of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail and other wag-worthy activities. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • Lower Kentucky Falls and Upper Kentucky Falls: Upper Kentucky Falls (W52): is the first of three spectacular waterfalls on the Kentucky Falls Trailhead, a 3.7-mile moderate out-and-bike hike. About 2-miles after Upper Kentucky Falls you’ll see an old growth forest and spectacular twin falls plunging 100 feet, they are: Lower Kentucky Falls (W51) and North Fork of the Smith Falls. The area is also popular with bird-watchers, so grab your binoculars and prepare for spectacular adventure. Leashed dogs are welcome!

Dog Friendly Hikes Oregon Coast:

dog friendly hikes oregon coast
  • Drift Creek Falls: A 240-foot suspension bridge (the longest in all of Oregon!) crosses the canyon beside the 8-ft falls at Drift Creek Falls (W34), making this waterfall an excursion unlike any other. This is a busy 3.2-mile out-and-back trail that’s open year-round near Lincoln City. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • Hug Point Falls: Hug Point Falls (W3) sits at a beach and is surrounded by several caves. It’s a little over a mile on an out-and-back trail and open year-round. Great for all skill levels. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • Secret Beach Falls: Shh… Secret Beach Falls (W65) is called a secret because it’s hard to find but here’s a tip: Tucked into the northern-most end where the Oregon Coast Trail squishes between the road and the overlook to Thunder Rock Cove, you’ll find a nearby trail that leads to a small beach with a waterfall. Roughly a mile-and-a-half, this moderate out-and-back trail is popular with bird watchers and best used between March and October. Leashed dogs are welcome!

Oregon Dog Friendly Waterfalls to Hike to in Southern Oregon:

  • Toketee Falls: Toketee Falls (W55) is one of the five waterfalls that make up the Umpqua River Highway Waterfalls. It’s about a half-mile out-and-back trail near Idleyld Park where picnic benches are plentiful. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at C.H. Bailey House in Roseburg and Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House in Prospect.
  • Rogue River Gorge Falls: At the head you’ll find Rogue River Gorge Falls (W63) right where the river splits around volcanic rock. The view is stunning and made even better by the surrounding forest. The Rogue Gorge Trail is a 0.3-mile moderate loop that’s good for all skill levels. Leashed dogs are welcome at these dog friendly hikes in the Gorge! Stay nearby with your dog at the motel of the Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House in Prospect.
  • Pearsony Falls: Pearsony Falls (W64) is one of four falls that make up Prospect Waterfalls, which also include Barr Creek Falls, Prospect Falls, and Mill Creek Falls. This series of cascades follow the Rogue River just outside the town of Prospect. The river drops and ricochets until it hits a stretch of boulders. There is a 1.2-mile out-and-back trail that’s good for all skill levels. The trail is best trekked between April and September. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at C.H. Bailey House in Roseburg and the motel of the Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House

Oregon Dog Friendly Waterfalls to Hike to in Central and Eastern Oregon:

  • Benham Falls: Benham Falls (W58) are the largest falls on the upper Deschutes River. Unlike the other falls the area, Benham Falls is not related to a lava flow. It is a free-form cascade in its own right and you’ll come to it along the Benham Falls Trail. It’s a 1.5-mile out-and-back trail near Bend that’s open year-round and good for dog friendly backpacking Oregon for all skill levels. Leashed dogs are welcome!
  • BC Creek Falls: Located near Wallowa State Park, the BC Creek Falls (W26) lies within the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail, approximately an 8-mile out-and-back trail near Joseph. In less than 3-miles on the trail you’ll find two rivers and Wallowa Lake views, in addition to the falls. Leashed dogs are welcome!

Oregon Dog Friendly Waterfalls to Hike to in Mt Hood and The Gorge:

  • Tamanawas Falls: Bring your binoculars and prepare to see a lot of birds on your way to Tamanawas Falls (W18)! The falls are AMAZING at 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. The trailhead footbridge is the midpoint of a 8-mile stretch of the East Fork of the Hood River hosting nesting Harlequin Ducks. The moderate 3.4-mile out-and-backed trail is best used between May and October. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at Old Parkdale Inn.
  • Hole-in-the-Wall Falls: This waterfall is an anomaly in that it’s a manmade waterfall! Highway crews created tunnel through the rock to divert Warren Creek here in the 2930s and solve an issue with the creek and the highway. The water shoots out from a long tunnel and, well, falls. The falls are on a 0.2-mile out-and-back trail near Hood River. Start your hike at Starvation Creek Falls and walk west on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, you’ll pass Cabin Creek Falls, Hole-in-the-Wall Falls, and Lancaster Falls  to reach a jaw-dropping view of the Gorge. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at Old Parkdale Inn.
  • Ramona Falls: Ramona Falls (W17) is a shaded waterfall is in a forest along the Pacific Crest Trail on the upper Sandy River — on the west side of Mount Hood. The falls are about 120-feet tall, consisting of a wall of cascades. You’ll see them on a moderate 7-mile loop trail that’s best used between May and October. Leashed dogs are welcome! Stay nearby with your dog at Old Parkdale Inn.

The Oregon trail of Waterfalls represents countless hours, many sketches, and endless conversations to help make your next Oregon road trip one to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We recognize that there will be mixed feelings about this change. We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of a person’s individual decision to wear a mask or not, and most importantly kind to yourself.

Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn  is open? Give them a call as they just might be.

Spring Showers Don’t Just Bring May Flowers in Oregon

Come feel the mist of Oregon waterfalls on your face!

Spring showers don’t just bring May flowers in Oregon. They, along snow pack melt, supply Oregon scenic rivers the water needed to create our wildly beautiful and renowned waterfalls.

And it’s certainly not too early to start planning your Oregon Bed and Breakfast vacation that should involve chasing waterfalls.

Oregon has more than 238 waterfalls across the state (and 1,000+ according to the Northwest Waterfalls Survey). We’ve come up with a list of 66 must-see waterfalls (it’s really more like 80 since we grouped some together).

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Here’s our list of must-see Oregon waterfalls by region. Beside each waterfall you’ll see a number. That’s the number we’ve assigned to the waterfall on The Oregon Trail of Waterfalls map.

OREGON CASCADE WATERFALLS
Ramona Falls (W17): This shaded waterfall is in a forest along the Pacific Crest Trail on the upper Sandy River — on the west side of Mount Hood. The falls are about 120 feet tall, consisting of a wall of cascades.

oregon cascade waterfalls

Tamanawas Falls (W18): Bring your binoculars and prepare to see a lot of birds and a stunning waterfall! The falls are AMAZING at 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. The trailhead footbridge is the midpoint of a 8-mile stretch of the East Fork of the Hood River hosting nesting Harlequin Ducks. Belted Kingfisher are common but it’s the songbirds you’re likely to remember long after they’ve sung their tunes.

Little Zig Zag River Falls (W19): One of Oregon’s hidden gems. A picturesque stream leads to a photogenic waterfall on this family-friendly trail; complete with a picnic table at the very start. It couldn’t be more perfect.

Yocum Falls (W20): This waterfall is right in the heart of the Mount Hood National Forest. It sits in Zigzag canyon with many waterfalls, including Little Zigzag River Falls and Ramona Falls.

Pencil Falls (W21): This glacier-fed waterfall is in the alpine area of Mount Hood Meadows. A small path leads to a great viewing.

Upper Heather Canyon Falls (W22): Where the Timberline Trail crosses Heather Creek, is thought to be one of the most scenic areas of Mount Hood. In Heather Canyon a series of waterfalls tumbles beneath this trail.

Umbrella Falls (W23): This popular and family-friendly waterfall is accessible from scenic hiking trails.

White River Falls (W33): The waterfall is the main focus of the White River Falls State Park and for good reason — the scenic White River plunges 90-feet from a basalt shelf.

Tamolitch Falls (W45): Follow the McKenzie river through the old growth forest to Tamolitch Falls, which flows into a lava formed Blue Pool, renowned for its iridescent blue coloring.

cascade waterfalls oregon

Sahalie Falls (W46): Sahalie Falls, is the first and tallest of three waterfalls on the roaring McKenzie River. It plunges about 100 feet over a naturally formed lava dam.

Koosah Falls (W47): Koosah Falls, aka Middle Falls, is the second of the three major waterfalls of the McKenzie River, in the center of the Willamette National Forest. The waterfall plunges into a pool, south of Santiam Pass, a renowned 4,817-foot mountain pass in the Cascade Range.

CENTRAL AND EASTERN OREGON WATERFALLS
Hurricane Creek Falls (W24): Hurricane Creek Falls are located along granite and limestone cliffs and an incredible amount of wildflowers along the Hurricane Creek Trailhead at Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Falls Creek Falls (W25): This is one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest!

BC Creek Falls (W26): Located near Wallowa State Park, BC Creek Falls (W26) lies within the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail, approximately an 8-mile out-and-back trail near Joseph. In less than 3-miles on the trail you’ll find two rivers and Wallowa Lake views, in addition to the falls.

Wallowa Falls (W27): Take Chief Joseph Trail to Wallowa Falls (and BC Falls – just a few miles away). Wallowa falls seems more like a long rapid but its location, nested in a deep gorge is beautiful.

John Day River (W37): This is the longest un-dammed river in Oregon. The section between Service Creek and Tumwater Falls flows through a colorful canyons and beautiful terrain.

Steelhead Falls (W48): Formed a few million years ago, this Oregon waterfall is lined by colorful 25-foot cliffs. The fall drops into a deep canyon.

Tumalo Falls (W53): Tumalo Falls is both the tallest, 89 feet, and most impressive waterfall along Tumalo Creek – as well as one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the vicinity of Bend.

Benham Falls (W58): These are the largest falls on the upper Deschutes River. Unlike the other falls the area, Benham Falls is not related to a lava flow. It is a free-form cascade in its own right.

Fall River Falls (W59): A trail passes by historic cabin ruins and parallels the Fall River all the way to the falls.

McKay Crossing Falls (W60): This 23-foot waterfall plunges into a small canyon with several picture-ready viewpoints.

Paulina Creek Falls (W61): This waterfall is known for its side-by-side drop of 80-feet that surrounds a small island at the edge of the cliff.

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COLUMBIA GORGE WATERFALLS
Bridal Veil (W8): Hidden beneath the Historic Columbia River Highway, this small two-tiered waterfall is easy to reach. Make sure to check out the romantic messages carved into the handrails of the viewpoint.

Wiesendanger Falls (W9): Named after Forest Service Ranger, Albert Wiesendanger, the 55-foot falls is on Multnomah Creek

Ponytail Falls (W10): Ponytail Falls, also known as Upper Horsetail Falls, is on Horsetail Creek just above Horsetail Falls. This is one of the more popular waterfalls for professional photographers, for stunning pictures looking out from behind the falls. See a ‘behind’ shot.

Elowah Falls (W11): Elowah Falls drops 289 feet into an amphitheater of lava flows of millions of years ago.

Wahclella Falls (W12): OregonHikers.org describes this fall as one of the more interesting falls in the Columbia River Gorge. It runs along Tanner Creek and features two drops.

Historic Columbia River Highway waterfalls — including Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, Latourell Falls, and Wahkeena Falls; W14): You can tour the waterfalls that make up the Columbia River Gorge by car or on foot, but you won’t have the full-on spectacular experience unless you do both. Whatever you do, make sure to save time to see Multnomah Falls. It is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest and more than 2 million visitors come each year to take in its view.

historic columbia river highway waterfalls

Ecola Falls (W15): Ecola Falls is the last major of the falls as you travel upstream on the Larch Mountain Trail. What does ecola mean? It’s the Chinook word for whale.

OREGON COAST RANGE
Bridge Creek Falls (W5): This three tier fall has a 35-ft drop and is right near Highway 6 by the Footbridge Trailhead.

Fern Rock Falls (W6): An understated and beautiful waterfall along Highway 6.

University Falls (W7): Located within an area that was devastated by one of the worst forest fires in Oregon’s history, this forest was rehabilitated, trees were planted (more than 70 million!) and the Tillamook State Forest began. University Falls is a 55-ft fall over a wall of basalt.

Green Peak Falls (W41): This is the second waterfall on the Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls Trail. First, you’ll see Alsea Falls. While most people tend to stop there, there’s a second waterfall, just as beautiful but larger, father ahead. Keep going, you’ll likely find a magical moment of solace and beauty.

Alsea Falls (W42): This is the namesake and the first of two cascades on the Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls Trail. It’s stunning, quick, and easy to reach.

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Sweet Creek Falls (W49): Four tiered-plunges from varying heights cascade for about 70-feet, making an impressive multi-waterfall effect. Bring your camera!

Beaver Creek Falls (W50): Beaver Creek is a small waterfall where Beaver Creek and Sweet Creek meet and intertwine into one.

Lower Kentucky Falls (W51): The Kentucky Falls Trailhead has three falls. First comes Upper Kentucky Falls, then 2-miles later through an old growth forest you’ll see spectacular twin falls plunging 100 feet, they are: Lower Kentucky Falls and North Fork of the Smith Falls.

Upper Kentucky Falls (W52): The Upper Kentucky Falls is the first of three spectacular waterfalls on the Kentucky Falls Trailhead.

SOUTHERN OREGON WATERFALLS
Umpqua River Highway Waterfalls (Susan Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls, Watson Falls, Toketee Falls, Clearwater Falls; W55): 

Diamond Creek Falls (W56): There’s a reason Diamond Creek Falls and its graceful cliffside drop is thought of as one of the prettiest waterfalls in Oregon.

Salt Creek Falls (W57): This is a popular stop for travelers on Highway-58. It’s also the second highest waterfall in Oregon.

Rogue River Gorge Falls (W63): At the head of the gorge you’ll find this waterfall, right where the river splits around volcanic rock. The view is stunning and made even better by the surrounding forest.

Prospect Waterfalls (Pearsony Falls, Barr Creek Falls, Prospect Falls, Mill Creek Falls; W64): This series of cascades follow the Rogue River just outside the town of Prospect. The river drops and ricochets until it hits a stretch of boulders.

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Klamath Falls (W66): Define waterfall? That’s what you might think when you see the falls of Klamath Falls. They’re more of a set of whitewater rapids. And yet, they’re beautiful and worth the short trek.

OREGON COAST WATERFALLS
Youngs River Falls (W1): Grab your bathing suit! This 50-foot waterfall is a popular swimming spot during the summer months.

Hug Point Falls (W3): This waterfall sits at a beach and is surrounded by several caves. Visit at low tide and be sure to get back to the trail head before the tide turns.

Blumenthal Falls (W4): This is one of the few waterfalls in the Northwest that you can see fall into the Pacific Ocean without needing any help from a boat, thank you.

Munson Creek Falls (W28): Whoa! This is the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range — tumbling 319 feet over several tiers. A small trail winds along the Munson Creek through an old-growth forest to find the base of the fall.

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Upton Falls (W29): Something fishy? Well, maybe fish-related at least. This fall was the upstream limit of migration for native fish but the falls have been altered to include a fish ladder and a dam to divert the water too.

Drift Creek Falls (W34): The 240-foot suspension bridge (the longest in all of Oregon!) crosses the canyon beside the 8-ft falls, making this waterfall excursion unlike any other.

Rocky Creek Falls (W38): Pull off Highway 101 and you’re likely to see these easy-to-reach and easy-to-spot falls. They spill right into the Pacific Ocean.

Golden Falls (W54): Did you know that if you hike a little over a mile to the top of Golden Falls you can see a bird’s-eye view of the waterfall, firs, and cedars. Golden Falls is the third tallest waterfall in the Oregon Coast Range and share the state natural area with Silver Falls

Elk Creek Falls (W62): It may be last but it’s not least. Elk Creek Falls is the final of about a dozen significant waterfalls situated within the Elk Creek basin.

Secret Beach Falls (W65): Shh… it’s called a secret because it’s hard to find but here’s the skinny. Tucked into the northern-most end where the Oregon Coast Trail squishes between the road and the overlook to Thunder Rock Cove, you’ll find a nearby trail that leads to a small beach with a waterfall.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY WATERFALLS
Beaver Falls (W2): Beaver Falls spills from a lip of basalt into a turquoise-colored pool. Some say that if you come at the right time, you’ll see rainbows in the mist. Beaver Falls is one you can spot from the road if you’d rather not walk the trail.

Willamette Falls (W16): This horseshoe-shaped block waterfall is created by a basalt shelf in the river bottom. It’s fall is 42 ft high and 1,500-ft -wide and set the record for being the largest waterfall by water volume in the Northwest and also for being the 18th largest by volume. Surrounding the falls are the locks, which are the oldest continuously operating multi-lift lock and canal system in all of the United States.

willamette falls

INSIDER TIP! Take a jet boat ride up the Willamette River to the base of the falls.

Niagara Falls (W30) and Pheasant Creek Falls (W31): Follow the foliage then cross not one wooden bridge but FOUR — each with a magnificent view of two 100-ft waterfalls: Niagara Falls and Pheasant Creek Falls.

Scotts Mills Falls (W32): Scotts Mills Falls is a small fall with big popularity. It sits at the site of a former flour mill and cascades through a rocky cliff into the large swimming hole.

Falls City Falls (W35): Falls City Falls are at the center of Falls City. In fact, Falls City is named after the falls. In the past, this was a lumbermill town.

Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park (W36): This is Oregon’s largest State Park, coming in at 9,000-acres. It also has one of the most impressive waterfall day-hikes in the United States! Well, there are at least 10 spectacular falls within this 7.8 mile-loop.

Parker Creek Falls (W39): To see Parker Falls you’ll need to work your way through the Parker Falls Trail. The rewards are huge! You’ll see a series of waterfalls, pools and cascades nestled in a forest of Douglas fir.

Parker Creek Falls (W39) and Alder Creek Falls (W40) are roadside on the way up to Mary’s Peak, the highest in Oregon’s Coast Range at 4,097 feet.

Royal Terrace Falls (W43): Royal Terrace Falls is the biggest of the four falls at McDowell Creek Falls Park though it’s also the lowest-volume. A sign nailed to a nearby tree says the falls drop 119 feet.

Majestic Falls (W44): This 39-ft waterfall is arguably the most beautiful of McDowell Creek Park. There are staircases with nearly 70 steps that let you explore the cascading waterfall from different vantage points.

willamette valley waterfalls

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The front of the map features more than 80 must-see waterfalls across the entire state, as well as nearby bed and breakfasts.
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Scenic drives in Oregon
Scenic bikeways of Oregon
Portland Food Cart Pods
Native American Food
Food Trails of Oregon
Oregon Waterfalls
Wineries Across Oregon
Oregon Movie Locations
The Oregon Trail History
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Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We recognize that there will be mixed feelings about this change. We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of a person’s individual decision to wear a mask or not, and most importantly kind to yourself.

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10 of the Best Must See Waterfalls in Oregon

Come feel the mist of Oregon waterfalls on your face!

With winter and spring come winter storms and snow pack melt, supplying Oregon scenic rivers the water needed to create our wildly beautiful and renowned waterfalls.

And it’s certainly not too early to start planning your Oregon vacation that should involve chasing waterfalls.

Oregon has more than 238 waterfalls across the state (and 1,000+ according to the Northwest Waterfalls Survey).You basically can’t drive more than 30-minutes without passing another waterfall! The Columbia River Gorge has close to 50 notable waterfalls alone. So where should you go? We’ve come up with a list of 10 must-see waterfalls to get you started.

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Ramona Falls: Mt. Hood Region. 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail to one of the most striking destinations in the Mount Hood Wilderness. This shaded waterfall is about 120 feet tall, consisting of a wall of cascades.

oregon cascade waterfalls

Tamanawas Falls: 3.5 mile out and back trail in Mount Hood National Forest. Micro spikes are recommended in the winter months. Bring your binoculars and prepare to see a lot of birds and a stunning waterfall! The falls are amazing at 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. Belted Kingfisher are common but it’s the songbirds you’re likely to remember long after they’ve sung their tunes

White River Falls: Get a taste of the high desert on this .8 miles out and back near Maupin. The waterfall is the main focus of the White River Falls State Park and for good reason, the scenic White River plunges 90-feet from a basalt shelf. This hike has beautiful views and several large waterfalls.

Koosah Falls: Koosah Falls is the second of the three major waterfalls of the McKenzie River, in the center of the Willamette National Forest. The waterfall plunges into a pool, south of Santiam Pass, a renowned 4,817-foot mountain pass in Oregon’s Central Cascade Range.

Steelhead Falls: Formed a few million years ago, this Oregon waterfall is lined by colorful 25-foot cliffs. The fall drops into a deep canyon following this quiet desert river. It’s a popular go-to destination for swimming and cliff jumping.

Tumalo Falls: Tumalo Falls is both the tallest, 89 feet, and most impressive waterfall along Tumalo Creek – as well as one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the vicinity of Bend.

Paulina Creek Falls: This waterfall is known for its side-by-side drop of 80-feet that surrounds a small island at the edge of the cliff.

oregon waterfalls

Bridal Veil: a Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls: Hidden beneath the Historic Columbia River Highway, this small two-tiered waterfall is easy to reach. Make sure to check out the romantic messages carved into the handrails of the viewpoint.

Munson Creek Falls: Whoa! This is the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range — tumbling 319 feet over several tiers. A small trail winds along the Munson Creek through an old-growth forest to find the base of the fall.

munson creek falls

Multnomah Falls: You can tour the waterfalls that make up the Columbia River Gorge by car or on foot, but you won’t have the full-on spectacular experience unless you do both. Whatever you do, make sure to save time to see Multnomah Falls. It is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest and more than 2 million visitors come each year to take in its view. Tip from the local innkeepers that know: visit early morning, late afternoon and midweek to beat the crowds

historic columbia river highway waterfalls

Which Oregon waterfalls would you like to visit? Ask our waterfall expert innkeeper which inn is closet to your choice or how we can create an itinerary to visit more than one. 


POPULAR QUESTIONS ABOUT OREGON WATERFALLS 

What is the largest waterfall in Oregon?
Multnomah Falls is the largest waterfall in Oregon. More specifically, it’s the tallest waterfall in Oregon, measuring 611-ft.

How many waterfalls are there in Oregon?
There are at least 238 waterfalls in the state of Oregon. The Northwest Waterfalls Survey estimates more than 1,000.

How many waterfalls are in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon?
There are a total of 17 waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. In fact, the Trail of Ten Falls loop will take you above, around, and even behind 4 of the 10 waterfalls.

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Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places may be lifted by the end of March. Oregon is still requiring masks in some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces, that includes the inns of the Oregon B&B Guild. 

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