Eagle Creek Trail
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. May 13, 2011.
The Forest Service opened America's first Forest Service campground in 1916 at Eagle Creek after commissioning the building of the Eagle Creek trail. People flocked to it. Soon, scattered along the length of the Scenic Highway there were picnic stops, campgrounds, roadhouses, service stations, etc, etc to entertain and serve the newly-mobile NW public. Everyday-people tourism was born -- now people had someplace really special to drive with their new cars. (Cook, Gorge 238)
The Sunday Oregonian - July 16, 1916: Beautiful Columbia Gorge Park Soon To Be Accessible To Autos
"Eagle Creek is one of the principal points of interest in the Columbia Gorge Park division of the Oregon National Forest, recently set aside for public recreation purposes. Several trails to neighboring lakes and mountains are planned, and since the first of June the Forest Service has been at work on a footpath leading upstream from the bridge. Several hundred yards are completed already, and visitors will soon be able to reach Eagle Creek Falls, about two and a half miles above.
"Here the stream descends in six eccentric jumps from the hanging valley above to the basin of the Columbia.
"Further points are to be reached as soon as the trail can be extended. Chinidere Mountain and Wahtum Lake are to be included in the route, and a connection will be made with the Herman Creek Trail, so that trampers will be afforded a 27-mile circuit of rare scenic beauty and interest."
Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon: