Beacon Rock

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This park was named by Lewis and Clark in 1805 for the monolith jutting out on the north bank of the Columbia River. It is known to technical rock climbers for its challenging formations but other activities such as hiking, horseback riding, boating, and camping are also popular here. Beautiful vantage points look over the Columbia Gorge which was carved eons ago by floods during the Ice Age. Beacon Rock is said to be largest free-standing monolith in the Northern Hemisphere.