Nestled in the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge, Ainsworth is equal parts waterfall wonderland, hiker’s playground and camper’s delight.
Situated at the eastern end of the Historic Columbia River Highway, the park also marks the eastern end of the popular “Waterfall Corridor” that begins at Crown Point and includes the majestic Multnomah Falls. Latourell, Bridal Veil, Wahkeena, and Horsetail Falls are also along this route.
A tract of 40 acres was donated in 1933 by John C. Ainsworth and his wife, Alice. Additional land was purchased in 1947 and 1966. Original picnic facilities and trails were constructed in 1935 by Civilian Conservation Corps workers. John Churchill Ainsworth (1870-1943) was a prominent Oregon businessman and banker (U. S. National Bank) in Portland.
He served as chairman of the State Highway Commission 1931-1932 and was the son of Captain J. C. Ainsworth, pioneer steam-boatman and founder of the Oregon Steam Navigation Company.
Ainsworth State Park Oregon Cascade Locks, OR 97014, United States
Open for day use Mar 12 – Oct 31
Open for camping Mar 12 – Oct 31
Campground is closed during autumn and winter season.
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
At the campground, you’ll find 45 peaceful full-service campsites canopied in a laid-back, tree-filled setting. There are also four walk-in tent sites for a more primitive camping experience. This is a classic campground … the smell of a campfire is your constant companion. Flush toilets, showers, a camp host, firewood, and an amphitheater with interpretive programs are all here. Top it off with a roaring creek at the east end of the park, and you have all the makings for a great camping trip. Campsites are first-come, first-served. 45 full hookup.
Hiking is definitely something you’ll want to do while camping at Ainsworth State Park. By leaving the park on the Nesmith Point trail, you’ll end up with a splendid view of St. Peter’s Dome, a majestic basalt monolith rising 2,000 feet above the mighty Columbia River.
Ainsworth State Park is an ideal spot for a picnic with its plentiful high roaring waterfalls and campground facilities.
Swim at the base of waterfalls at this picturesque state park.
Campsites are first-come, first-served. 45 full hookup.
Leave No Trace
Oregon State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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