Gorge Hubs Project Works to Reconnect the Historic Columbia River Highway, One Community at a Time
Six communities along the
Historic Columbia River Highway from Wood Village to The Dalles have banded
together to develop a system of Gorge Hubs. The Hubs are a network of welcome centers,
information centers, trailheads and rest areas for travelers -- especially
hikers and bikers. The project aims to encourage visitors to
stage their trips from these communities’ central business cores, boosting economic
With site design assistance provided by the Oregon
Transportation and Growth Management Education and Outreach program, each city developed a hub design unique to
their community, though all feature kiosks, maps, and a bike fix-it station
donated by the Portland Wheelmen.
collaboration with Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation, the
hubs share a logo and look, with a wayfinding map for the complete route
between them. Signage and mapping is consistent from city to city so visitors are
able to discover each community’s special attributes.
The Gorge Hubs are in various stages of
River’s was the first Hub launched, in 2015. Cascade Locks
held a ribbon cutting ceremony in April 2016, kicking off
the spring recreation season with the unveiling of
a bike fix-it station.
Gorge Hubs project continues to take shape during this year’s Centennial
Celebration of the Historic Columbia River Highway. For more, visit historichighway.org.
about the Hubs:
Village and Troutdale. Wood Village’s Hub is
located in Don Robertson Park, where cyclists are encouraged to begin their
bike ride through the Gorge as the park features great amenities such as picnic
shelters, water and restrooms. Troutdale’s Hub will be located adjacent to the
historic train depot museum, providing an anchor to the city’s vibrant downtown
core. Recently, Wood Village and Troutdale received a Regional
Transportation Options Grant through Metro to develop the hubs’ engineering
Locks. The Historic Columbia
River Highway State Trail enters Cascade Locks at the trailhead located under
the scenic Bridge of The Gods on the west end of town. Visitors are encouraged
to explore Cascade Locks’ main street, WaNaPa Street, and sample the city’s
restaurants, native fish market, brew pubs and ice cream. The Cascade Locks
Gorge Hub is in the city’s core near the post office, next to Overlook Park.
The City hopes to expand the hub in concert with a proposed pedestrian bridge
linking WaNaPa Street to the Port’s Marine Park.
River launched its Hub in 2015. A key feature of the Hood River Hub, located on
3rd and State Streets, is the city’s new public restroom facility. The
Hub will soon incorporate additional amenities, such as a fix-it station and
Mosier. Mosier is where the idea for the Gorge Hubs
originated. When the popular Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail “Twin
Tunnels” section was restored, cyclists arriving in Mosier needed basic
amenities. Local businesses started loaning bike tools, and the city set up a
portable toilet. Wanting to encourage these and additional visitors, the idea
of a welcoming station in the center of town to greet visiting cyclists and
provide them with basic conveniences, was born. In the future, the Mosier Hub
will also serve as a downtown gathering place for locals.
Dalles. The City of The Dalles’
Hub will be in the Lewis and Clark Festival Park. Using the amenities of
this beautiful new park, it will incorporate community way-finding information
and a fix-it station. The Hub will serve cyclists on the city’s nine-mile
Riverfront Trail as well as those who visit The Dalles via one of the many
tourist boats that dock nearby.