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The Basics

Walk upstream from the river’s outlet along the Columbia River Highway to see Lower Oneonta Falls, Upper Oneonta Falls, and Triple Falls. You can also hike down Horsetail Falls Trail to the bridge crossing over Oneonta Creek, which provides views of Middle Oneonta Falls.

Columbia River Gorge tours sometimes include a visit to Oneonta Gorge along with Multnomah Falls, Bonneville Dam, and Beacon Rock. Some combination tours combine a Columbia River Gorge visit with a hop-on hop-off tour of Portland.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Portland

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Gorgeous Gorge
Lisa_P, Mar 2020
Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour
Marcus provided a very informative and enjoyable tour for our group. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the area as well as the plants and wildlife. We would highly recommend.
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Awesome and worthy
soumikbsp, Dec 2019
Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour
The tourist guide was very nice and knowledgeable person. He was professional and well behaved but we were not in hurry at all. Enjoyed the visit each of the place they proposed.
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Cool waterfalls! Marcus was great!
544biancaw, Nov 2019
Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour
Loved the tour! We saw some amazing sites. Our tour guide Marcus was very good and polite. I would definitely go again
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Highly recommend!
Meander48108387045, Sep 2019
Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour
Perfect! We saw so much within the 3.5ish hours, but we were never rushed. We had plenty of time at each stop to look around! Terran was super helpful and knowledgeable about the whole area. We thought we would be with a big group but turned out that it was just the two of us plus the tour guide. We were thrilled with the whole experience and highly recommend that others sign up for this tour!
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Superb Tour!
Reuben_V, Aug 2020
Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour
Wow. What an outstanding trip. Our tour guide went above and beyond to provide us with an experience that is truly memorable. He was extremely knowledgeable in the area of history, geology, flora and fauna, and seemingly could answer any question we had about the Columbia Gorge. We were blown away that this tour greatly exceeded our expectations. Thank you to Marcus for sharing his extensive knowledge, his obvious passion for work, and professionalism. This tour was the highlight of our visit to Portland!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Oneonta Gorge is a must-see for nature lovers.

  • There is no trail through the lower gorge, so hiking here usually involves walking in cold water that can be anything from ankle deep to chest high, depending on the season.

  • If you plan on hiking, wear closed-toe hiking shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet.

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How to Get There

Oneonta Gorge is located roughly 35 miles (56 kilometers) outside of Portland, Oregon, just off Interstate 84. Public transportation to the site is limited, but you can take a taxi, rental car, or guided tour.

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When to Get There

Since there is no trail and you will likely get wet while hiking along the riverbed, it’s a good idea to visit during Oregon’s warm summer months. To void crowds, opt for an early morning or weekday visit.

Must-See Spots near the Oneonta Gorge

Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is full of waterfalls to explore, including Latourell Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Punch Bowl Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. There are numerous hiking trails throughout the area, making Columbia Gorge a popular scenic getaway from downtown Portland.

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