Columbia River Highway Waterfalls

Waterfalls Accessible by Car

I doubt there is anywhere else where so many spectacular waterfalls of so many types are so accessible.

Latourell Falls

Type: plunge
Height: 249 feet

In Guy W. Talbot State Park, this fall of Latourell Creek is named after Joseph Latourell, a prominent Columbia River Gorge settler. It is on the Historic Highway, 3.4 miles west of Exit 28 off I-84. It’s a short walk to the viewpoint from the park’s picnic area to the viewpoint.

Sheppards Dell Falls

Type: tiered
Height: upper falls 35-50 feet; lower falls 40-60 feet

The two tiers of this falls can be seen from the bridge crossing at Sheppards Dell State Park, two miles west on the Historic Highway from Exit 28 off I-84. The lower falls is a horsetail formation and the upper falls is a plunge formation.

Multnomah Falls

Type: plunge
Height: 620 feet

The second highest waterfall in the United States. Spectacular. Four miles west on the Historic Highway from Exit 35 off I-84, Three miles east on the Historic Highway from Exit 28 off I-84, or you may use the freeway parking lot by taking Exit 31.

Multnomah Falls visitor center website

Bridal Veil Falls

Type: tiered
Height: upper falls: 60-100 feet; lower falls 40-60 feet

Bridal Veil Creek abruptly drops twice. The parking area for this falls is about one mile west of Exit 28 off I-84. A short trail winds down to the base of the lower tier. Along the pathway, look across the Columbia River towards views of seasonal falls on the Washington side of the Gorge.

Wahkeena Falls

Type: tiered
Height: 242 feet

This fall along Wahkeena Creek can be seen from the Wahkeena picnic area across the Historic Highway. There are parking spaces at the picnic area. It is 0.5 miles west of Multnomah Falls. The Yakama Tribe word “wahkeena” means “most beautiful.”

Horsetail Falls

Type: horsetail
Height: 176 feet

This classic example of a horsetail formation along Horsetail Creek can be viewed from a turnout on the Historic Highway, 2.5 miles east of Multnomah Falls. Just west of this wealth of waterfalls is the historic Vista House at Crown Point State Park. This historic building on the Historic Columbia River Highway provides a gorgeous panorama.

Waterfalls Accessible by Hiking