The Shire

Visit the 75-acre sculpted landscape preserve designed by John Yeon for the pure pleasure and solace of experiencing the Columbia River Gorge


John Yeon's, The Shire, a 75 acre waterfront property in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge located directly across from Multnomah Falls.



In the early 1960s, Yeon purchased a mile-long stretch of the Columbia River’s north shore, directly across from Multnomah Falls, to save it from industrial development. With a bulldozer and sweat equity, Yeon shaped the land into a private park he dubbed, The Shire. Drawing inspiration from the picturesque landscapes of England, yet wholly Northwest in its fealty to the native watershed and flora, The Shire offers a series of captured views of the falls from groomed paths and, most breathtakingly, from a central, amphitheater-shaped, grass berm. The Shire’s purpose is simple: a site for enjoying the landscape and for inspiring visitors to join Yeon’s lifelong cause to shape the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

The Shire is available for tours and for special events.