Welcome to "The King of Roads"
Imagine crafting a national treasure on a landscape so beautiful that each viewpoint is protected and people come from all over the world to marvel at its perfection. This is the Historic Columbia River Highway. Whether you are seeing it for the first time or you know every inch by heart, each time you drive, bike, or hike along the Historic Highway, you begin the journey anew.
Jointly owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Visiting the Historic Highway and State Trail
The Highway was left partially intact after Interstate 84 was built, with the middle section cut into pieces or partially destroyed. Efforts are underway to create vehicle-free paths for cyclists and pedestrians, transforming the abandoned sections into the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.
Learn where you can drive, bike, and hike on the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail. Explore the three unique zones: Waterfall, Columbia River, and High Plateau.
State Trail Construction
The next segment of the Historic Highway State Trail that will be reconnected is between Wyeth and Lindsey Creek. Construction started in spring 2017 and expected to be finished by fall 2018.
On September 24, 2016, a new trail segment between Starvation Creek and Lindsey Creek was dedicated and opened to the public.
Maps and Brochures
Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail (2015)
This map shows where to drive, bike, and hike along the Historic Columbia River Highway. This map shows the three "zones" of the Historic Highway that currently exist. Use the 2014 Bicycle Maps (below) for more detailed information.
Bicycle Maps of Historic Columbia River Highway (2014)
Each map includes the elevation, amenities, and details of the route. Each PDF will print at 8.5 x 11". If you have comments or suggestions, please contact us.
Historic Highway Artist's Viewpoints (2016)
A great resource for artists and photographers visiting the Gorge, this map and accompanying photo list can assist in finding the perfect spot (or spots) to paint, draw, or capture the beauty of the Gorge in another way.
Historic Columbia River Highway Brochure (2014)