Beacon Rock State Park, Washington

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Beacon Rock State Park

Less than 30 miles from Hood River on the Columbia River’s northern banks, Beacon Rock State Park is a year-round campground covering 5,100 acres and offering 9,500 feet of shoreline river access.

  • Located about 28 miles west of Hood River on the Washington banks of the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Beacon Rock’s promontory sits overlooking the river, providing rock climbing opportunities.
  • Camping, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing can be enjoyed around the park.

Overview

Beacon Rock State Park lies just about 28 miles from Hood River on the Washington side of the Columbia River. This huge park provides year-round river access, plus more than 20 miles of roads and trails for hikers and equestrian trail riding. Distinctive Beacon Rock, a volcanic formation named by Lewis & Clark, overlooks the river within the park boundaries; three of its faces are popular for rock climbing.

Location & Information

Beacon Rock State Park is located 7 miles west of Cascade Locks on the Washington side of the Columbia River. To get there from Hood River, take Interstate 84 west to Cascade Locks, cross the river via Bridge of the Gods, turn west and travel 7 miles to the park.

The park is open year-round for camping and day use. Fees and time schedules apply so call 1 (888) 226-7688 for information and reservations.

Activities

  • Camping: 28 tent spaces, 5 utility sites, and 2 equestrian campsites are available, plus a group camp for tent and RV use that serves up to 200 people (by reservation).
  • Hiking, Mountain Biking, and Horseback Riding: Beacon Rock can be summited via a 1-mile trail, and more than 20 miles of roads and trails crisscross the park for hiking, biking, and equestrian use.
  • Nature Walk: A 1-mile handicapped accessible interpretive trail is available at the Doetsch day-use area of the park.
  • Boating and Fishing: Find a boat ramp, dock and moorage space on the park shores; plenty of sturgeon, steelhead, and salmon can be caught here.
  • Rock Climbing: Three faces of Beacon Rock are open for climbers; the south face is closed to protect the ecology and raptor nests.
  • Wildlife and Bird Watching: Black bear, deer, elk, bobcats, and rabbits, plus ducks, eagles, osprey, and hawks can be spotted around the park.

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