Easy parking. Low congestion. Lots of view points. No parking pass required. Family friendly.

From downtown Portland follow I-84 East for about 50 miles until you reach mile marker 51. Get back on the highway but Westbound until you reach mile marker 47 pull off and take a right over the train tracks and you're there.

Beautiful scenery all around and if you get there early enough, you can catch the sun coming up over the cascade mountain range. Super vibrant colors as the sun is coming up such as purples, oranges and reds. Makes for amazing pictures and also one of the prettiest views of the gorge in my opinion.

Government Cove would make a wonderful place for a romantic picnic or a morning/evening with the family. Not a ton to do so you probably don't want to spend the whole day there. Super fun though to explore around the cove and find different places to hangout at.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hammock
  • Water
  • Food
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Yoga
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
River
Romantic
Scenic

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Beautiful At Sunrise

We left Hillsboro around 5 am and got there before sunrise at 6. It was a little confusing getting there and we ended up at one wrong place, but soon realized our mistake. You can drive wherever you want and then park and hike/walk the rest. We brought our border collie and he had a blast running around exploring. There were quite a few other people camping and we may try that next! Definitely recommend trying this place out! Breathtaking when the sun rises!!


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