Oregon National Historic Trail

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Oregon National Historic Trail

Oregon

(503) 228-7245

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Overview

As the harbinger of America's westward expansion, the Oregon Trail was the pathway to the Pacific for fur traders, gold seekers, missionaries and others. Today, more than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen in the vast undeveloped western lands - reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American travelers and settlers. There are a number of ways to enjoy the Oregon National Historic Trail including auto-touring, visiting interpretive sites, hiking, biking or horseback riding trail segments and visiting museums. Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides are being developed for each state that the Oregon National Historic Trail passes through. These guides will provide descriptions of locations where visitors will find remnants of the trail with either interpretive services or media that will add insight to the experiences and history of the Oregon Trail.

Map of Oregon Trail

Latitude, Longitude: 44.778590, -117.836200

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Short hikes at many locations along the trail (usually less than 300 yards) lead to trail ruts or historic sites. Longer hikes provide access to extensive trail segments.

  • Historic Sites

    Stop by a trail museum in one of the following locations:

    * National Frontier Trails Center in Independence, MO * Chimney Rock NHS in Bridgeport, NE * Scotts Bluff NM in Gering, NE * National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper, WY * Flagstaff Hill/National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, OR * End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, OR

Seasonality/Weather

Open year round. Check road conditions when traveling during the winter.

Directions

Driving

Below are driving directions to follow the Oregon National Historic Trail to Oregon, from Idaho, and along the Columbia River.

To follow the Oregon National Historic Trail to Oregon, from Idaho:

1. Take State Route 20/26 north to State Route 201. 2. Turn west onto State Route 201. 3. Take State Route 201 west to Interstate 84. 4. Turn west onto Interstate 84. 5. Take Interstate 84 west to U.S. Route 197. 6. Turn south onto U.S. Route 197 at The Dalles. 7. Take U.S. Route 197 south to State Route 48. 8. Turn west onto State Route 48. 9. Take State Route 48 west to State Route 35. 10. Turn west onto State Route 35. 11. Take State Route 35 west to U.S. Route 26. 12. Turn west onto U.S. Route 26. 13. Take U.S. Route 26 west to State Route 211. 14. Turn west onto State Route 211. 15. Take State Route 211 west to State Route 224. 16. Turn west onto State Route 224. 17. Take State Route 224 west to State Route 213. 18. Take State Route 213 to Oregon City and the trail's end.

To follow the trail along the Columbia River: 1. Take State Route 20/26 north to State Route 201. 2. Turn west onto State Route 201. 3. Take State Route 201 west to Interstate 84. 4. Turn west onto Interstate 84. 5. Continue on Interstate 84 west through The Dalles to Interstate 5. 6. Turn south onto Interstate 5. 7. Take Interstate 5 south to Oregon City and the trail's end.

Total original route miles in Oregon: 524

Phone Numbers

Primary

(503) 228-7245

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