Hood River County sits in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge region, with the Columbia River as its northern border and Mt. Hood and the Mt. Hood National Forest to the south. The majestic snow-capped Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge provide the county’s stunning backdrop, making it one of the most picturesque areas in the Northwest.
A top producer of pears, apples, and cherries, Hood River County grows more winter pears than any other county in the United States. This agricultural richness combined with the county’s scenic, almost pastoral setting have made it a famous destinatinon for visitors who come to drive or bike the famous Fruit Loop—a 35-mile tour that features family farms, fruit stands, wineries and other local attractions. Over time, the county has evolved into a into a hotspot for visitors and is a mecca for outdoor-enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, rockclimbing, frequenting waterfalls, and more. It’s also world-renowned for its strong, warm summer winds that draw crowds of windsurfers, kiters, and paddleboarders.
Population in 2014: 23,730
Hood River County Cities/Communities:
Land Ownership: Approximately 73% owned & regulated by federal, local & state entities
Local Land Use: Oregon’s statewide planning program for land use has adopted 19 statewide planning goals & serve as a basis for local land use programs. As required by state law, the county has a Comprehensive Plan that:
National Scenic Area (NSA):
Hood River County & National Scenic Area Goals: