STARVATION CREEK STATE PARK
Zooming down Interstate 84 eastbound, you might very well miss this tiny park. Nestled at the base of the sheer walls of the Columbia Gorge, Starvation Creek is much more than it appears. Recently re-opened after reconstruction of the aging (and failing) water system, Starvation Creek is a feast for the eyes and feet.
Trails spreading out from this day-use park lead onto adjacent National Forest Service land and connect to the Mt. Defiance and Starvation Ridge trails. Heading east, trek along a remnant of the Historic Columbia River Highway to Viento State Park and campground.
Trail improvements, including a repaving project, are already underway. Other historic highway segments designed for trail use and accessible to people with disabilities are now open between Hood River and Mosier (Twin Tunnels segment) and from Cascade Locks north to the Tooth Rock Trailhead.
The waterfall at Starvation Creek, one of the few in this area of the gorge, is an elegant cascade admired by gorge travelers for thousands of years.