It’s a view that’s never twice the same down a trail that leads to a timeless place. The Tom McCall Preserve atop Rowena Crest is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge where right now is the prime time for spring wildflowers.

The diverse colors are born of the nearly three hundred different wildflower species that grow on the Tom McCall Preserve. The preserve is an important link in the chain of Nature Conservancy Preserves across Oregon. The site was named in 1982 for Oregon Governor Tom McCall who carried a commitment for conservation.

You’ll want to explore the Tom McCall Preserve more than a little bit – perhaps to wander the mile-long trail toward the Columbia River or the three mile version the loops uphill. Both are fine adventures for folks with time and patience and a love of the Oregon outdoors. The Tom McCall Preserve is the sort of place that will satisfy your curiosity, let your heart soar and perhaps restore your soul in the beauty that is found in Oregon.

About the Author: Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.

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