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Experience the Trail

The Lewis & Clark Trail in Oregon offers a wide variety of experiences, from hiking and biking to adventures by water. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about different ways to see and experience the Lewis & Clark corridor:

  • Take a step back in time: Drive, bike and hike the Historic Columbia River Highway, the nation’s first scenic road, built between 1913 and 1922, and championed by “good roads” advocate Sam Hill. Located in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, the highway is accessible to motorized vehicles in some areas; other long-abandoned segments have been restored for hiking and biking only. Stunning Gorge and Columbia River views, historic bridges and stonework, cascading waterfalls, reopened tunnels, and narrow, curving loops will take you back to a slower pace of life.

    Contact: Jeanette Kloos, (503) 731-8234; www.odot.state.or.us/hcrh

  • Explore the Lower Columbia: A 146-mile water trail from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean is being developed by the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership. Online and published maps with site and safety information will guide people in non-motorized boats along the river for one-day or overnight explorations. It’s a great way to experience the river in much the same way the Corps of Discovery did 200 years ago.

    Contact: Chris Hathaway, (503) 226-1565, ext. 228; www.lcrep.org

  • Take the Scenic Route: The Lewis & Clark corridor in Oregon encompasses three scenic byways offering motorists a wonderful way to slow down and experience the “real” Oregon. Byways on or near the trail in Oregon include:

    Journey Through Time Scenic Byway (Oregon Scenic Byway) – North Central Oregon; Contact: Sue Newstetter, (541) 932-4366.

    Historic Columbia River Highway (All-American Road) – Columbia Gorge; Contact: Sue Newstetter, (541) 932-4366.

    Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (National Scenic Byway) – Oregon Coast (Highway 101); contact: Onno Husing, (541) 265-8918.

  • Cruise the Columbia: Experience the Columbia from the comfort of one of several cruise-ships with itineraries highlighting Lewis & Clark’s voyage to the Pacific Ocean. At least five companies offer half, full and multi-day tours. Departures, features and itineraries vary.

    Contact: Natalie Barnes, Public Relations Manager, Oregon Tourism Commission, (503) 986-0005 for a list of river cruise operators.

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