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Historic Columbia River Highway

 
**The Historic Columbia River Highway is now open between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth State Park. This section of highway has been closed since the Eagle Creek Fire. Visit TripCheck.com for current road conditions. Winter weather may force closures of the Historic Highway. 

ODOT reduced formal and informal parking spots where additional hazards are anticipated. Vehicles violating restrictions or blocking driveways will be towed. 

The U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are also opening facilities. Visit the U.S. Forest Service website and Ready, Set, GOrge to see what’s open.**

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.

Small map of Historic Columbia River Highway Project Zones 

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 in 2019. Travelers on Interstate 84 will experience periodic impacts during construction. Visit the project website for more information. 

On September 24, 2016, a trail segment between Starvation Creek and Lindsey Creek was dedicated and opened to the public.

Managing Historic Highway Congestion 

As the Gorge recovers from the Eagle Creek Fire of September 2017, visitor numbers will return and our appreciation and interest in the Gorge will continue to grow. 

With many visitors and residents expected to continue to enjoy the Historic Highway in the future, a Congestion and Transportation Safety Improvement Plan is being developed. When completed, this plan will recommend projects and programs to improve safety, reduce vehicular congestion and enhance visitor experience in the Historic Highway corridor for all transportation modes. 

To find out more, visit the Congestion and Transportation Safety Improvement Plan project website. An online open house is available from Sept. 24 through Oct. 8.

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