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Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Columbia River Gorge: Some of the best waterfalls near Portland, Oregon, exist in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area (fs.usda.gov) east of the city. The scenic area protects at least 77 waterfalls that include horsetail, tiered and plunge formations. Five of the falls are within a 45-minute drive of Portland. All five are reached by traveling east from Portland along the Route 30 Historic Columbia River Highway that parallels Interstate Highway 84.

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Silver Falls State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon, located near Silverton, about 20 miles (32 km) east-southeast of Salem. It is the largest state park in Oregon with an area of more than 9,000 acres (36 km2), and it includes more than 24 miles (39 km) of walking trails, 14 miles (23 km) of horse trails, and a 4-mile (6.4 km) bike path. Its 8.7-mile (14.0 km) Canyon Trail/Trail of Ten Falls runs along the banks of Silver Creek and by ten waterfalls, from which the park received its name. Four of the ten falls have an amphitheater-like surrounding that allows the trail to pass behind the flow of the falls.

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