WYGANT STATE PARK
WYGANT STATE PARK
Cascade Locks, Oregon 97014
The Wygant trail -- six miles west of Hood River -- was a gift to Oregon honoring the memory of the Wygant family. This park adjoins two other state parks near Mitchell Point 5 miles west of Hood River on Interstate 84. A trail strikes through the park in a dense, hilly wilderness area that was once the old Oregon Trail and later the Historic Columbia River Highway. The first mile of this trail is on pavement that hasn't had an automobile on it for 50 years (it still has the yellow divider stripe). As it moves into the wilderness, Wygant trail penetrates a dense forest hillside along a gurgling creek. It is an ideal spot for backpackers who are looking for a little solitude.
Located in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, this natural reserve was established as a public recreation area by Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. The park's history dates back to 1933 when it was donated by Simeon Reed Wygant and his wife Elizabeth Millar McClure.
The land donation of approximately 160 acres came with an agreement that it would be used for recreational purposes only. Over time, additional parcels were added through purchases or donations from various individuals including Philip Connell Jr., who contributed significantly towards expanding its boundaries.
Incorporating parts of Mitchell Point Drive Historic District - which is listed on National Register of Historic Places - the park offers panoramic views over Hood River Valley along with diverse flora & fauna native to Pacific Northwest region.
Despite being affected severely during Eagle Creek Fire incident in September 2017 causing temporary closure due to safety concerns; restoration efforts have been ongoing since then ensuring preservation & conservation while providing visitors opportunities for hiking, picnicking among other outdoor activities.