One of Oregon's secret hideaways is located just east of Tygh Valley along Highway 216. The White River plunges 90' over a basalt shelf. The park offers excellent viewpoints of the White River falls. A rugged quarter-mile trail takes hikers down deep within the canyon to the historic hydroelectric power plant at the base of the raw, churning power of the falls. The power plant supplied electricity to Wasco and Sherman Counties from 1910 until the completion of The Dalles Dam in 1960. The park is a popular picnicking, hiking and fishing retreat for visitors to the Deschutes River corridor. Opening early each spring when the desert flowers are in bloom and closing after the leaves turn in the fall, this park offers all of the intrigue of history since time began. The chasm of the falls tells a geological story of violence and power; the old grist pond tells the story of people learning to use that power. The hydroelectric plant at the bottom tells the story of human ingenuity and persistence as we turned the Pacific Northwest's abundant natural energy into electricity.

Super cool bit of Oregon history here

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2 months ago

beautiful even though it was short!

Beautiful spot for a sunrise. I recommend traveling down river and exploring the canyon.

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3 months ago

Beautiful! Definitely worth visiting

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4 months ago

Wow. A must see, pretty amazing views and an old power house worth looking into. Pretty easy yet short trail

the white River Falls is one of the locals favorite. the falls are beautiful and has a lot of history involved with it. I highly recommend not to hike around the falls itself cause the rocks are wet, mossy and slippery and many have been hurt, needing rescued. Taking the main trail down to the power house is a little steep but we'll worth the descent. explore the old generators and the achievements of the 1940's. the trail continues to the mouth of the White River where it joins The Deschutes. take more water than you think necessary for it gets very hot in the canyon. moderate

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6 months ago

Only went down far enough to see the waterfall. It was a hot day and the trail is rocky and dusty. If you are close by check it out but wouldn’t go out of my way to see it. The elevation at the beginning is pretty steep.

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9 months ago

Loved it!

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11 months ago

Great and easy short hike in the middle of the Oregonian desert. 2 hours drive from Portland. Definitely worth it.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Multiple water falls to see. Trail gets difficult at the end and just stops, but over all, beautiful location to walk.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

great falls, very beautiful. Very cool old building, neat to see. We had tons of bug spray on & still eaten alive, & saw a rattle snake.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Should have read the previous review... the mosquitos were horrendous!! The Falls are gorgeous, but we didn't stay too long because the ground was burning the pads of my dogs feet, even in the dirt areas. Will be back in the fall!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

***warning*** bring bug repellent there are thirsty blood sucking mosquitoes out there and they are vicious! Overall is a beautiful hike.

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