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A few miles east of the little community of Tygh Valley , located about 30 miles south of The Dalles on US 197, out on OR 216, is the White River Falls State Park. The White River originates from a glacier on the southeast side of Mt Hood, next to Timberline Lodge. The river flows down out of the Cascades through canyons and out into the wider Tygh Valley before emptying into the Deschutes River. Just before it does that, the river drops over a dramatic cataract into a narrow basaltic canyon beyond. The falls lies along an old pioneer route, the Barlow Road, which was one of the main ways Oregon pioneers traveled over the Cascade Mountains to reach the Willamette Valley to the west, in the mid 19th century. The falls was the site of a grist mill early on and a power mill later on. Today it is a State Park, day use only, open from 7 am to 7 pm. It is a short ways from Sherar's Bridge and Falls on the Deschutes River, also a very fascinating site in this local region.
There is a small picnic area with a rest room atop the falls. A trail takes you down into the lower canyon, past the water tunnels that fed the onetime power mill.
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