Guy Webster Talbot and his family used this property as a summer estate until 1929 when they donated it to the state. Today, it's a beautiful picnic park. A modern picnic shelter is available for rent (and is reservable).While the park is terrific for a group or family picnic, the park is often uncrowded even on the best days because of its seclusion. A gently sloping grassy hill dotted with Port Orford cedars, Douglas firs, alders and maples invites frisbee tossing and quiet relaxation. The tiny town of Latourell (pop. 12) borders the north side of the park. Homeowners ask that visitors please respect their privacy. A trail underneath the Historic Columbia River Highway bridge leads directly to Latourelle Falls (250' tall), only a few minutes away by foot.
if you hike up to the top there are fewer tourists. most people go to the lower falls for photo ops. we hiked the three miles up. ran into so few people even day after Christmas. It was cold by the falls but really not bad overall. nice places to stop and take pictures or enjoy company along the way.
Tom E. on Latourell Falls Loop Trail
Best view of falls is at the trailhead. Hike takes you to the top of the falls. Parking at all the trail lots was very crowded.
This is a fun hike. The highlight was the cliff - the small trail about two thirds where you'll see a 'Loop Trail' sign that veers to the right of it. Towards the end we had arrived at the second waterfall that you could walk up to, experience the water splash and mist. Very invigorating. Therefore, I recommend you start the loop trail from the left (coming from the parking lot) rather than the right.