America’s 2nd highest year-round water falls – Multnomah Falls in Oregon

MULTNOMAH FALLS, OREGON: I have visited this magnificent landmark of Oregon few years ago before moving to Europe. We have been here few times with families, friends, and visitors. But everytime I was there, no matter which season and time, I could feel the force of that flowing water just by looking at its height. But one of the best parts of visiting this falls is not just the falls, it’s the bridge and walking over that bridge looking at both upper and lower sides of the water falls.

Multnomah Falls in Oregon, USA...nation’s 2nd highest year-round water falls

Multnomah Falls in Oregon, USA…nation’s 2nd highest year-round water falls

Located on historic Columbia River Highway, Multnomah Falls is our nation’s 2nd highest year-round water falls and receives over two million visitors each year. Water flow of the falls varies, but winter and spring is the most spectacular time to visit it.

The upper falls here is 543 feet, lower falls is 69 feet high, and an additional 8 feet in between. “Multnomah Falls was created when massive flood scoured out the Columbia River Gorge, leaving the falls to hang.” (Tourist board).

The original bridge over Multnomah Creek was built in the early 1880s out of log poles. After it collapsed, this present one was built in 1914 and was named after a strong advocate for the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway and Multnomah Falls, Simon Benson. In September 1995, a 400-ton rock slid from the upper Multnomah Falls and dropped 225 feet into the falls upper plunge pool. A wedding party was drenched when the slided rock sent a 70-foot splash over the historic Benson Bridge.

Lower Multnomah Falls and historic Benson Bridge in Oregon

Lower Multnomah Falls and historic Benson Bridge in Oregon

Go inside the old lodge which was built in 1925 by the city of Portland to capitalize on the growing tourist trade of the Columbia River Gorge. You can find snack bar, gift shop, full-service restaurant, and a US Forest Service interpretive center inside this lodge.

There are about 77 falls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge and more than 5 major falls and few viewpoints around this area. But if you are in Portland, this is almost a must-see spot here. It’s our pride and joy.

 

Autumn reflection Multnomah creek opposite of Multnomah Falls in Oregon

Autumn reflection Multnomah creek opposite of Multnomah Falls in Oregon

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chitrader
    Oct 31, 2014 @ 08:05:28

    Darn! We missed this the last time we we’re in that part of Oregon. Oh well, another reason to go back. 🙂

    Chris

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  2. julesdownunder
    Oct 27, 2014 @ 20:21:53

    Beautiful… adding to my Oregon “must see” list.

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  3. Gypsy Bev
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 20:41:50

    What a spectacular waterfall at any season of the year. Your photos are beautiful.

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  4. paulettemotzko
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 02:26:19

    Reblogged this on Photos That Inspire Words.

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  5. Tahira
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 08:59:49

    Beautiful waterfall 🙂

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