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Cascade Locks

The Heart of the Columbia River Gorge

An Amazing Place To Explore!

to Cascade Locks!

Cascade Locks, is situated at the very heart of the Columbia River Gorge, where the mountains tower up to 4,000-feet above the river, and waterfalls tumble from the heights to reach the river near sea level below. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, you can relax, slow down a bit, and take in the grandeur. Only 44 miles from Portland, Oregon, Cascade Locks provides a perfect place to reflect and rejuvenate. Discover our small town, full of friendly faces. Here, you’re free to choose — between big adventures and life’s little pleasures. 


Bike the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail that follows along the river, winding through old-growth forest, offering spectacular scenery and mist along the waterfall corridor. Go sightseeing (we are the closest town to Multnomah Falls!). Hike trails to hidden waterfalls, or vast vistas. Set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Take a selfie at the PCT Monument. Walk across the Bridge of the Gods. Visit the historic Locks, the Historical Museum and the Oregon PonyRide the Sternwheeler on a river of stories — from ancient native fishers, to the Oregon Trail, and Lewis and Clark. Spend the afternoon quietly birdwatching eagle, and osprey. Sail our world-famous winds. Windsurf or kiteboard, catch a gusty breeze. Fish our award-winning waters. Enjoy an epic ice cream cone. Grab a bite and a beer, or a cup of coffee. Visit an art gallery to see the area through our local artists’ eyes. Buy a salmon from the local native fishers. Shop unique shops. Have an old fashioned picnic in Marine Park. Challenge yourself on the Easy CLIMB bike trail. Play a competitive round of disc golf. Take a ride on a fly-board. Follow the Quilt Block Trail. Get married on Thunder Island. Come play + Stay the night or the week. With so much to do and see, your heart will plan your return! Come back soon, and often!

Take a hike!

Plan a day hike to waterfalls, or set out to hike for days on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Cascade Locks — a great place to begin (or end) a hiking adventure.

Sometimes Cascade Locks is the destination.
Let's go hiking!

Hop on a bike.

Ride for miles on the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway, past waterfalls and ancient forests that offer special insight into recovery after wildfire.

Cascade Locks — is the prefect spot in the heart of the Gorge to be your hub for adventure.

You can ride for miles and miles!
Let's go biking!

Be our guest.

Come play + stay. Explore our history and join in on our annual festivals. Enjoy our good food, beer and epic ice cream cones. Visit our shops and art galleries. Picnic in Marine Park.

Cascade Locks — A great place to stay.

Situated in the very heart of the Gorge, Cascade Locks has a storied past — the ancient Bridge of the Gods, Lewis and Clark Expedition, and westward migration on the Oregon Trail; we have a story to tell.
Come Stay!

So much to
see and do.

Cascade Locks is a great destination for a day, a weekend, an extended vacation, or a lifetime. Here, life slows down, and you are surrounded by an unparalleled outdoor playground. Need help choosing an adventure? Here are some ideas.

Getting here is part of the journey.

Come by car, bus, bike or on foot.