Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area

  Emergency Closure 09/05/17
Closed because of the Eagle Creek Fire. Park staff will assess possible fire damage to trails, vegetation, parking areas and minor structures. This initial review will take time and the following parks will remain closed until they are safe for visitors. The opening dates will be determined later.

Major Features & Activities

  • Blue Indicates that some, but not all, facilities are accessible according to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Viewpoint

    Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area is currently CLOSED due to the Eagle Creek Fire

  • No Entry
  • No Exceptions
  • Strongly Enforced for your safety
  • Al vehicles will be towed
  • Danger-No Rescue

 

In 1915, a local dairy farmer named George Shepperd gave all that he had (this tract of land) to the City of Portland as a memorial to his wife. Today, thousands of visitors along the Historic Columbia River Highway visit this beautiful spot, with its roaring waterfall cascading down steep cliffs into Youngs Creek and out to the Columbia River far below. The upper fall is around 42' tall. The lower tier is around 50' tall.

One of the most beautiful and historic highway bridges crosses the canyon here, but you can't see or appreciate it unless you leave your car and take the short trail to the falls.

 

Please secure your valuable when enjoying parks.  Thank you!