2625 Cascade Ave
Hood River, OR 97031
Phone: (541) 308-1000
Fax: (541) 386-4505
Georgiana Smith Park that borders the Hood River County Library boasts of lush green stretches of lawn and diverse varieties of flowers. Here, you can take a stroll or simply enjoy a lunch all by yourself. This park was built owing to the efforts of several organizations as well as locals that include Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, Columbia Gorge Master Gardeners and so forth.
Established in 1987, Full Sail started operations at a time when the once, sleepy city of Hood River was attracting attention as a popular windsurfing destination. The tourist influx and their world-class beer operation gave them a head-start, and today, they're one of the prominent brewers in Oregon. Brewery tours are available throughout the week. Visitors can relax and sip on a pint of their award-winning brews at the Tasting Room & Pub. There's a hearty food menu as well to go with your drinks. Check website for more.
This is the showplace for all sorts of happenings in the Hood River area. If you are coming to town for a large gathering, you can usually count on ending up at the Expo Center. Major community events such as the Hood River Valley Harvest Festival, the Columbia Cross Channel Swim, the Pear and Wine Festival and others make this home base on an annual basis, with more setting up camp each year. Contact the Expo Center at the numbers listed for a calendar of events.
Overlooking the Columbia River, Hood River Valley Waterfront is a popular destination among the locals and tourist alike. Comprising of the Marina Beach, Marina Green and the Marina Park, it is a great spot for water-sports, fishing, picnics and dog walking. Among the water-sports, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing are the most prominent games with regular competitions being held. The Waterfront is also home to the annual Hood River Valley Harvest Fest.
Considered as a National Scenic Area, the wide-spread landmass between the Sandy River to the Deschutes River gives you a chance to explore the beauty of nature. Covering an area of more than 290,000 acres, the canyon has a scope for a lot of recreational activities like hiking, bird watching, biking, golf, windsurfing and kite boarding during summers. As the winter sets in, adventure seekers can indulge in cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding. The area also includes museums, wineries, bars and restaurants, thus, offering something for every visitors.
This bridge got its name from a Native American legend. When the mighty Columbia River separated two chiefs, the gods created this natural rock bridge that actually does not stretch the full span of the river. Geologic findings show a more scientific reason for the bridge-like formation and narrow in the river. Either way, the now man-made, toll bridge is something to behold. The beauty and breadth of the Columbia can be taken in by driving across slowly or at a lookout spot on the Washington side.
The Rock Fort Campsite is a natural military construction to the south of Columbia river. The beautiful panoramic views and historic importance of this place makes it a great attraction. This is the same campsite, where Lewis and Clark Expedition had camped in 1805.
The preeminent long-distance trail of the west, stretches 2,638 miles each way, from the deserts of northern Mexico to the forests of Canada, through some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery the western United States has to offer. Through Oregon and Southern Washington, its path undulates through pristine territory-Rogue River National Forest, Crater Lake National Park, Umpqua National Forest, Deschutes National Forest, Willamette National Forest, Mt. Hood National Forest, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This is a favorite of weekend hikers. Permits may be required in some sections.
An integral part of the The Dalles, the Bennett–Williams House is a historical landmark. Constructed way back in 1899, the house featured in the National Register of Historic Places. Originally, belonged to Alfred S. Bennett, but was later owned by the Williams family.
Less than 30 miles east of Portland, Mount Hood National Forest is a popular playground for Portland area residents and, regardless of season, holds some of the finest outdoor opportunities in Oregon. Winter on Mount Hood is dominated by the world class downhill skiing and snowboarding offered by its three major resorts - Timberline, Mt. Hood Meadows and Ski Bowl as well as many cross country runs and several climbing routes up Mount Hood, the most frequently climbed alpine peak in the nation. Summer brings an army of mountain bikers looking for excitement among the maze of singletracks and forest service roads the mountain conceals. Hikers will find more than 1,000 miles of crisscrossing trails, including those of the Mountain's seven wilderness areas (Mount Hood, Badger Creek, Salmon-Huckleberry, Columbia, Bull-of-the-Woods, Mt. Jefferson and Olallie Scenic Area as well as a segment of the west's long distance Pacific Crest Trail. Regardless of your choice of sport, you are bound to find what you are looking for. Many areas require a Forest Service parking pass, available at several locations. Passes are available through the Forest Service at the number above.