The Historic Columbia River Highway is closed 24/7 between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth State Park, along with all recreation sites in this stretch of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, known as the “Waterfall Corridor.”The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is also closed between John B. Yeon and Cascade Locks. Visit ReadySetGorge.com for more information on closures.
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.
The Historic Highway is owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages the State Trail in partnership with ODOT.
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 connecting between Wyeth and Lindsey Creek opened in summer 2019. Now there are 6-miles of trail from Wyeth Trailhead to Viento State Park.
By car, start your journey at I-84 Exit 51 (Wyeth Trailhead) and head east, or at Exit 56 (Viento State Park) and head west. You can also ride the Frontage/Wyeth Road in from Cascade Locks for an additional 6.5 miles one way.