- Access to George Joseph State Natural Area is possible by using the trail from Latourell Falls and Guy Talbot State Park. A trail leads from the parking lot to the top of lower Latourell Falls. Beyond this point on the trail, you've entered the enchanted forest of George Joseph State Natural Area where sword fern, moss and lichens are barely illuminated through the dense stands of timber. Continue on the trail to a rarely visited wonder which is upper Latourell Falls.
Vital Stats: There is no fee to use this park.
Recreation - Hiking and viewing nature are the most popular activities in this State Natural Area.
Climate - Climate in this region changes drastically with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.
George W. Joseph State Natural Area is located off the Historic Columbia River Highway, 12 miles east of Troutdale. Access to George Joseph State Park is possible by using the trail from Latourell Falls and Guy Talbot State Park.