GUY W. TALBOT STATE PARK
Guy W. Talbot State Park also called Latourell State Park is a peaceful picnic site located on the Historic Columbia River Highway across from the trail to Upper Latourell Falls.
The secluded park is often uncrowded even on the best days. A modern picnic shelter is available for rent. A gently sloping grassy hill dotted with Port Orford cedars, Douglas-firs, alders and maples invites frisbee tossing and quiet relaxation.
Visitors can take a short walk underneath an historic 1914 bridge to the base of Lower Latourell Falls, a 224-foot plunge over columnar basalt splashed with chartreuse-colored lichen.
Guy Webster Talbot and his family used this property as a summer estate until 1929 when they donated it to the state. The tiny town of Latourell borders the north side of the park. Homeowners ask that visitors please respect their privacy.
The upper falls and part of the trail are part of George W. Joseph State Natural Area, named for the family that gave the land to the state in 1934 and 1942.
Guy W. Talbot State Park is located near Camas, Clackamas and Damascus
1. Latourell Falls Loop Trail: A 2.4-mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels.
2. Guy W Talbot State Park to Multnomah Falls Hike: This challenging, approximately 11 miles long hike offers stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge's waterfalls including Latourell falls, Shepperd's Dell falls, Bridal Veil falls among others.
3. Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail - John B Yeon to Cascade Locks Section: An easy-to-moderate difficulty level trail stretching over about seven miles with beautiful wildflowers along the path during springtime.
4. Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion Hiking Route: Approximately five mile round trip route offering scenic cityscape view from Pittock mansion at its highest point.
5 .Shepperds Dell Waterfall Walkway : Short walk leading directly up close and personal with two-tiered cascading waterfall in lush green surroundings
6.Latourelle Creek Bridge Path : Easy short stroll across historic bridge overlooking creek below
7.Viewpoint Trails - Several small trails branching off main paths lead hikers towards viewpoints providing panoramic vistas of surrounding landscapes
Guy W. Talbot State Park is located in the state of Oregon, specifically along Highway 30 near Latourell Falls. To reach the park from Portland, follow these directions:
1. Start by heading east on I-84 E.
2. Take exit 22 for Corbett/Multnomah Falls and merge onto Historic Columbia River Hwy.
3. Continue driving on this highway for approximately 5 miles until you see signs for Guy W. Talbot State Park/Latourell Falls.
4 Turn left at the sign to enter into the parking area.
Once you arrive at Guy W.Talbot State Park, there are various trails and viewpoints to explore within its boundaries such as Upper Latourell Fall Trail or Lower Latourell Fall Loop trail which offer stunning views of waterfalls and lush greenery.
Please note that it's always a good idea to check weather conditions before visiting any outdoor location in order to ensure a safe trip!