The complementing architecture around the falls, Benson Bridge and Multnomah Falls Lodge, are features that makes this waterfall special. Benson Bridge, crafted by Italian stone masons, allows visitors to cross the falls between it's lower and upper cataracts. See Multnomah Falls Recreation Area for more information and a video.
In 1914, Simon Benson, a prominent businessman and owner of the falls at that time, erected the bridge. Before then, a log bridge was in its place. Benson gave the 300 acre site to the City of Portland. In 1943, final ownership of the site and lodge was transferred to the USDA Forest Service.
The Lodge was built in 1925 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It had dormitories and four rooms for overnight stays. Overnight accomodations are no longer available. Every type of rock found in the Columbia River Gorge is represented in the Lodge.
Inside the lower level of the Lodge is a USDA Forest Service Information Center, a snack bar, and a gift shop. In the upper portion of the lodge is a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is also accessible by elevator.
For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r6/accessiblerecreation
From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to exit #31, Multnomah Falls. Park and walk south, underneath the interstate and railroad tracks to the Lodge and Visitor Center.
The site can also be accessed by off exit #28, Bridal Veil 3 miles before the Multnomah Falls exit. Accessing the site from this exit offers opportunities to hike other falls in the area, such as Wahkeena and Horsetail.
From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 to exit #35, Ainsworth State Park. Follow the Historic Highway west 4 miles to the site's parking area.
Parking: There is accessible parking available in both the upper (Old Columbia River Gorge Highway) and lower (off Interstate 84) parking lots. Paths leading to the Visitor Center from both parking lots are paved. There are some slight inclines along the path from the parking lots to the visitor center and around the falls viewing area.