Sheridan State Scenic Corridor


Sheridan State Scenic Corridor

Sheridan State Scenic Corridor is a state park in the Columbia River Gorge, west of Cascade Locks, Oregon. The 11-acre (4.5 ha) property, containing an old-growth forest, is located on the south side of Interstate 84 at approximately milepoint 42.5, [Oregon Department of Transportation, [http://egov.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TDATA/gis/docs/COUNTYMAPS/hood1.pdf Oregon Transportation
] , 2007, accessed April 2008
] and has not been accessible by motor vehicle since I-84 was built in 1960. However, with the opening of the Eagle Creek-Cascade Locks segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in 1998, it has become easily accessible by foot or bicycle.Jackie Scott, The Oregonian, Trail opens window to old forest, December 17, 1998, p. ME1] The park is on a trangular lot, completely surrounded by I-84 and the Mount Hood National Forest.United States Forest Service, [http://svinetfc4.fs.fed.us/rastergateway/softcopy/45121/45372152.tar.gz Bonneville Dam quadrangle] (scale 1:24000), 1994]

The park was acquired in 1923 from the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company by the Parks Division of the State Highway Department, which named it for Philip H. Sheridan. It served as a wayside on US 30 - the Historic Columbia River Highway - until 1960, when the new I-84 freeway replaced the old road, cutting off access except through the national forest. As part of the restoration of the old highway, the Federal Highway Administration rebuilt the abandoned Eagle Creek-Cascade Locks for non-motorized traffic in the 1990s, to be managed by the State Parks and Recreation Department. An interpretive sign was installed at the site in 2007. [Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway, [http://hcrh.org/events.html Events: Historic Columbia River Highway Interpretive Sites and Signs Grand Opening] , accessed April 2008]

Just to the east of the park, within the national forest, the trail passes under I-84 in a 150-foot (50 m) long precast concrete rock-faced tunnel (coord|45.6501|N|121.9107|W|type:landmark_region:US). The $500,000 structure was built as part of the restoration project, and was required to connect the the park to another intact piece of road, located north of I-84 at the west Cascade Locks interchange.

ee also

*List of Oregon state parks

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