EAST GORGE WASHINGTON
Lyle · Klickitat · Dallesport · Wishram · Centerville · Maryhill · Goldendale · Bickleton · Roosevelt
Visit the north side of the East Gorge in Washington state, with wild rivers, expansive farms and wheat fields, vineyards and timberland. Whether you are an outdoor adventurer, fisherman, motor sports, wine or cultural enthusiast, or simply enjoy getting away from it all, the small towns of Goldendale and Lyle in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge are worth the visit.
ART + HISTORY: Stop by the Presby House Museum, home of the Klickitat County Historical Society, on your journey through East Gorge, Washington. The hard-working pioneer history of the area is a museum specialty. Open daily, May 1–October 1. 122 West Broadway, Goldendale, Washington. • Visit the Rodin Gallery at Maryhill Museum of Art. The gallery features 87 works Auguste Rodin, considered the father of modern sculpture.
DISCOVER: The Goldendale Observatory is home to one of the nation’s largest public telescopes and attracts thousands of sky-watchers annually since opening in 1973.
SHOP AT THE LOCAL MARKET: Find delicious and nutritious farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan bread and more, Saturdays at Goldendale Farmers’ Market in Ekone Park, 9 am–2 pm, May–September.
Presby House Museum
The Klickitat County Historical Society is located at The Presby Mansion which was built in 1902. The home has 20 rooms on three floors filled with exceptional displays of furniture, clothing, utensils and personal effects from the 1880s–1930s.
The Klickitat Rails to Trails is a recreation treasure in the East Gorge of Washington. The 31-mile rail corridor travels from Lyle up the Klickitat River and then heads up to the Swale Canyon, just north of Columbia Hills State Park.
The Klickitat River was designated as a “Wild and Scenic” River in 1986. It enters the Columbia River from the north at Lyle.
Klickitat Fish Hatchery
A rearing facility consisting of 22 raceways, three release ponds, six water intakes and two adult holding ponds. Hatchery tours are available to visitors.
Fisher Hill Bridge
View the Klickitat River Gorge at Fisher Hill Bridge. In January, bald eagles gather along a two-mile handicapped accessible trail near the bridge.
Columbia Hills State Park
Columbia Hills State Park (which includes Horsethief Lake and Dalles Mountain Ranch areas) is a 3,338-acre camping park with 7,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River in East Gorge, Washington. Columbia Hills State Park is home to a remarkable collection of Native American petroglyphs.
Dalles Mountain Ranch
The Dalles Mountain Ranch runs along the north side of Hwy 14 from The Dalles Dam to east of Wishram. The entire ranch was deeded to the state of Washington and is now a state park, accessible by cars and hiking trails. The Dalles Mountain Ranch is known as a glorious place to hike, especially in April, May and early June when the grasses are still green and the wildflowers are in bloom.
Horsethief Lake Area
This park is an amazing area to see pictographs and petroglyphs, including the famous She Who Watches. Some of the oldest pictographs in the Northwest are found in this park. The park is a National Historic Site and guided tours are available to see the petroglyphs.
Sample award-winning wines and enjoy sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood at world class Maryhill Winery.
Stonehenge was built in the early 1900s by Sam Hill as a memorial to WWI soldiers from Klickitat County who died during the war. It is a full sized, near exact replica of the original. From Stonehenge’s incredible location, you can enjoy a great view of the Columbia River, green farmland, the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge and Mt. Hood.
Goldendale Observatory State Park is a five-acre educational facility on a 2,100-foot-high hilltop. The observatory is home to one of the nation’s largest public telescopes and attracts thousands of sky-watchers annually since opening in 1973.
Chamberlain Lake Viewpoint
Rest area overlooking the Gorge and Memaloose Island. Located west of Lyle.
Maryhill Museum of Art
Set on a stunning 5,300-acre site overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum of Art is one of the Northwest’s most fascinating cultural destinations. Exhibitions include early 20th century American and European works— you can see 80 works by Rodin— an extensive Native American collection, particularly Columbia Plateau tribes, and much more. Hands-on children’s space, sculpture garden, café and museum shop make for a well-rounded experience.