Day hike locations in Oregon for National Public Lands Day


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Saturday is National Public Lands Day — so what better way to celebrate than with an early fall hike on U.S. Forest Service land?

On Saturday, the US Forest Service is offering free access to its lands across the United States, which means you won’t have to pay a day-use fee. There will also be a few special celebrations and educational activities at sites around Oregon.

Check out some places to hike in a US Forest Service area below.

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

One of the gems of Oregon and southwestern Washington, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a must-see, with cascading waterfalls and plenty of beautiful hiking spots. Here are some places on the Oregon side:

However, as a note for getting there, if you are traveling from Portland and other points west of the city, remember that there is a major Interstate 84 closure this weekend, but we have some tips for getting around the expected traffic.

Willamette National Forest

Although there are many closures at this point in the season due to the ongoing Cedar Creek Fire and recovery efforts after the 2020 wildfires, there are still plenty of places for hikers to hang out. travel to the Willamette National Forest.

Check out the following trails that are still open for the season

Mount Hood National Forest

Want to go to the mountains before the arrival of winter? Now is the time to head to Mount Hood National Forest.

Discover the following trails

Enjoy the outdoors!


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