Crown Point is home of the 55 foot high, octagonal Vista house and a viewpoint that offers breathtaking views up and down the Columbia River Gorge. Situated on a bluff more than 700 feet above the Columbia River, Vista House was built in 1916 to inspire travelers along the Columbia River Highway. While the viewpoint remains open, Vista House is under restoration until Spring 2005.
Just steps from the town of Cannon Beach, Tolovana showcases one of the Oregon Coast?s most recognizable landmarks: Haystack Rock. Rising 235 feet above the sand and surf at low tide, Haystack Rock is a protected marine garden. The surrounding area is teeming with tide pools and aquatic life.
Located just minutes from downtown Portland, Tyron Creek is Oregon?s only state park within a major metropolitan area. Tyron Creek is one of the only streams in the Portland area with a run of steelhead trout, and the park?s nature trails and bike paths are popular amongst the city?s residents.
The White River plunges 90 feet over a basalt shelf, and serves as the awesome backdrop for the historic hydroelectric power plant below. The park is a popular hiking, fishing, and picnicking destination.
The former site of a Methodist Mission built in 1834, Willamette Mission State Park contains 1,680 acres of meadows, orchards, lakefront, and riverbanks. The park is also the location of both the historic Wheatland Ferry (which used to carry covered wagons across the Willamette River) and the nation?s largest black cottonwood.
Thousands of plants are showcased in the more than 20 specialty gardens of The Oregon Garden. Water features, garden art, and towering conifers dot the display gardens of this 80-acre destination. The garden is also the home of the Gordon House, designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Oregon Garden was completed in 1997 as a joint public/private venture.
For more information on nearby state parks, visit the Oregon State Parks website.