Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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In spite of its designation, White River Falls State Park is a relatively unknown destination.  Located 35 miles south of The Dalles, the park is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.  The falls consists of upper and lower portions that tumble over basalt walls and converge into one main chute totaling 90 feet.  At the base of the falls you'll find the ruins of a hydropower plant that supplied north central Oregon with electricity from 1910 to 1960.  The trail down to the building is a short, slightly uneven walk, and from the building another trail leads down river.  A small beach beside the building is a good spot for a swim or a picnic.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Scenic waterfalls. Hike to the Deschutes. Historic powerstation.

Cons

Remote.

Features

Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Picnic tables
Waterfalls

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Comments

Great day hike in White River Falls State Park
09/21/2014
This is a must see spot in Central Oregon. This is great picnic place and the short walk to view the falls from a lower angle is certainly worth it. There is a bit of broken glass from the old plant, I'd recommend close-toed shoes if you're going to go in and investigate.
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