Lesser known than the waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge, the picturesque Moulton Falls offers a scenic day trip free from the typical crowds of waterfall chasers and selfie takers.
To discover this hidden gem, take a 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver along the Northern Clark County Scenic Drive. The 387-acre park, at the confluence of the East Fork of the Lewis River and Big Tree Creek, features two waterfalls and a wooden arch footbridge more than three stories high. The collection of deep pools is an amazing escape from the summer heat and a popular cliff jumping spot.
Heavily forested on both sides of the river, the Moulton Falls Trail guides hikers of all skill levels four miles out-and-back along the river. For more experienced explorers, find the starting spot to the longer and steeper Bells Mountain Trail approximately a quarter of a mile downriver from the bridge.
The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad excursion train also passes through Moulton Falls Park, and areas of interest include volcanic rock formations from early lava flows, historic Indian meeting grounds, and a swing bridge on Big Tree Creek.
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