Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Corridor: How to Plan Your Visit

The Waterfall Corridor in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is home to dozens of magical waterfalls, including well known one's like Multnomah Falls and Horsetail Falls. Locals and visitors flock to this area year round to admire the cascading water, hike the trails, and enjoy a meal in nearby communities like Troutdale, Corbett, and Cascade Locks. 

However, because of the popularity of this area, especially in the summertime, access to the Waterfall Corridor requires some planning to make for a safe, and stress free experience. Below are your options for planning your next visit to the Waterfall Corridor. 

Only planning to visit Multnomah Falls? Learn more about Multnomah Falls Timed Use Permits here.

Option 1: Reserve a Timed Entry Permit
Between May 24 and Sept. 5, 2022, a Timed Use Permit will be required for each personal vehicle accessing federal lands adjacent to the Waterfall Corridor between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. just east of the Bridal Veil off-ramp (Exit 28) to Ainsworth State Park (Exit 35). Permits are $2 per vehicle.
Reserve Your Permit
Option 2: Take a Shuttle
Want to skip the hassle of parking, traffic, and permits? Are ticket reservations already full? Another way to access Multnomah Falls and the Waterfall Corridor is via one of the shuttle systems in the Gorge. There are two hop-on, hop-off shuttles to choose from, Sasquatch Shuttle and Gray Line's Open Air Waterfall Trolley. Or, you can take the Columbia Gorge Express which stops in Portland, at Multnomah Falls, in Cascade Locks, and in Hood River. Timed entry permits are not required for any part of the Waterfall Corridor if you arrive via one of the shuttles.
Book a Shuttle

Have questions about the Waterfall Corridor Permits? Go to to find answers to all your questions.