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Welcome to "The King of Roads"

Imagine crafting a national treasure on a landscape so revered that each viewpoint is protected, the design and material in complete harmony with the natural elements, and the creation so good that people come from all over the world to marvel at its perfection. 
This is the Historic Columbia River Highway--The King of Roads--a pathway along the spectacular Columbia River Gorge.  Whether you are seeing it for the first time or you know every inch by heart, each time you experience the Highway, you begin the journey anew. 


"On starting the surveys, our first business was to find the beauty spots, or those points where the most beautiful things along the line might be seen in the best advantage, and if possible to locate the road in such a way as to reach them."  
Samuel C. Lancaster 
Historic Columbia River Highway Engineer 

Joint management

The Historic Columbia River Highway is owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for areas accessible to motorized vehicles and the Historic Highway State Trail Reconnection Projects. 

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) manages the Historic Highway State Trail system.  

Both ODOT and OPRD receive recommendations from the Advisory Committee​