The Riverfront Trail at the Dalles is a scenic paved pathway along the Columbia River from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center parking lot east to The Dalles Dam. There are a lot of interesting things to see in that distance, including the Riverfront Park, the marina, a Lewis & Clark slept here campsite, the delightful Learning Garden with a scarecrow collection, the wild Chenoweth Creek and the lakes and ridges of the wildlife refuge below the Discovery Center. The trail may be windy, but never boring.
Some day the trail may reach the claimed 10 miles. Currently there is a missing section through the Lone Pine development across US 197 and then a difficult patch of small coulees to The Dalles Dam Visitor Center. Here the blacktop trail resumes and follows a former excursion rail line out to the tip of the dam about 1.2 miles. The visitor center is open from May to September.
From I-84 in The Dalles, take exit 84 to Brewery Overpass Road and head for the river. The road dead ends in a T junction. The marina is to the left, the Riverfront Park is to the right. Turn right and enter the park. There is plenty of parking. From here, trek back up to the far end of the marina. The trail entrance is below the billboard. From here it is down stream and up wind to the Discovery Center.