Notable hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing spots


Columbia County, Oregon

Columbia County Hiking, Camping, and Wildlife Viewing Map

Clatskanie area

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Gnat Creek Trail: Campground, hatchery, and streamside trail that winds through relatively undisturbed forest. Gnat Creek Overview
Introducing kids to “herping” at Gnat Creek

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Scout Lake: A sometimes-stocked lake tucked back into the forest with primitive camping. Scout Lake Overview

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Jones Beach: An extended beach with kiteboarding and fishing opportunities. Jones Beach Overview

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Beaver Creek Falls: Short, steep hike down to an impressive falls. Beaver Creek Falls Overview

Rainier area

Hudson-Parcher County Park campsite campground Rainier Oregon Columbia County

Hudson-Parcher County Park: A campground in forest with creek. Hudson-Parcher Park Overview

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Fox Creek Trail: A nature trail around a reclaimed city creek. Fox Creek Trail Overview

Rainier Riverfront Park Columbia County city Rainier Oregon

Rainier Riverfront Park: City park bordering a reclaimed city creek. Rainier Riverfront Park Overview
What happened to Laurel Beach Park?

Dibblee Beach County Park Dibblees Columbia Northwest Oregon

Dibblee Beach County Park: A riverside beach park for fishing and picnics. Dibblee Beach Park Overview

Prescott Beach County Park Columbia River Rainier columbia county

Prescott Beach County Park: A large riverside park with fishing and birdwatching opportunities. Prescott Beach Park Overview

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Trojan Park: Series of lakes in a manicured park with birdwatching opportunities. Trojan Park Overview

Little Jack Falls and Jack Falls near Prescott and Old Highway 30

Jack Falls and Little Jack Falls: Pair of waterfalls connected by ancient overgrown highway. Jack Falls and Little Jack Falls Overview
Old Highway 30 and Little Jack Falls

St. Helens area

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Trestle Beach: Public beach on the Columbia River, accessed by a short trail. Trestle Beach Overview

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Dalton Lake Nature Preserve: A bike trail through urban forest which connects to a path around a beaver lake. Dalton Lake Overview
Dalton Lake nostalgia

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Columbia Botanical Gardens: A short nature trail through a patch of forest in the middle of town. Columbia Botanical Gardens Overview

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Liberty Hill Camas Bluff: A privately owned bluff holding the largest remaining camas flower meadow in Columbia County. Friends of Liberty Hill Camas Bluff
Stepping foot on Liberty Hill
What makes Liberty Hill special

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Sand Island Marine Park: A man-made island in the Columbia River with a marina and campground. Sand Island Marine Park Overview

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Nob Hill Nature Park: A short nature trail that preserves some oak woodland. Nob Hill Overview
Fall Walk at Nob Hill Nature Park

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McCormick Park: A pleasingly wild city park with a forested creek and walking trail. McCormick Park Overview

Interior Columbia County

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St. Helens Tree Farm and Salmonberry Reservoir: A quiet lake in forested hills with logging roads to hike. St. Helens Tree Farm Overview
Morning Stroll around Salmonberry Reservoir
New possibilities for Salmonberry Lake

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Camp Wilkerson: Large campground in the forest with miles of hiking trails. Camp Wilkerson Overview

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Scaponia Park: Developed campground on the East Fork Nehalem River just off of the CZ Trail. Scaponia Park Overview

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CZ Trail – Nehalem Divide to Wilark Trailhead: The remote end of Columbia County’s longest trail. CZ Trail: Nehalem Divide to Wilark Trailhead Overview
Nehalem Divide on the CZ Trail

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Big Eddy Park: Developed campground on the Nehalem River just off of Highway 47. Big Eddy Park Overview

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Gunners Lakes: A trio of lakes in a backwoods area of southern Columbia County. Gunners Lakes Overview

Vernonia area

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Vernonia Lake City Park: City park with large lake and walking trail. Vernonia Lake City Park Overview

Anderson Park: City park and campground with stream and river access. Connected to Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Anderson Park Overview

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Nehalem River Park and Campground: City park and campground with river access. Nehalem River Park Overview

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Banks-Vernonia State Trail: Columbia County’s other big trail, south along Highway 47 from Vernonia. Banks-Vernonia Trail Overview
Long hike with Sophia on Banks-Vernonia

Scappoose area

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Scappoose Bay Marine Park: Public marina with a nature trail, campground, and boating. Scappoose Bay Marine Park Overview

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CZ Trail – Scappoose Trailhead to Chapman Landing: The east end of Columbia County’s longest trail, includes marshes with birdwatching. CZ Trail: Chapman Landing Overview
Scappoose Trailhead to Chapman Landing

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CZ Trail – Pisgah Trailhead to Ruley Trailhead: The middle stretch of Columbia County’s longest trail, parallels a creek with a waterfall. CZ Trail: Pisgah Trailhead to Ruley Trailhead Overview
Family hike from Ruley Trailhead
Cool geology along Crown Zellerbach Trail

Sauvie Island

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Sauvie Island Westside Unit: An array of waterways with trails, birdwatching and fishing. Sauvie Island Westside Unit Overview

Oak Island Nature Trail: A nature trail on Sauvie Island with many birdwatching opportunities. Oak Island Nature Trail Overview

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Willow Bar Islands Trail: A short riverside trail on Sauvie Island. Willow Bar Islands Trail Overview
Winter stroll at Sauvie Island

Warrior Point Trail: A longer trail on the northern tip of Sauvie Island that ends at a lighthouse. Warrior Point Trail Overview
Winter stroll at Sauvie Island

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