Hood River attracts year-round sports enthusiasts. Known as the windsurfing capital of the world, Hood River also offers kiteboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain and road biking, hiking, golfing, whitewater kayaking and rafting, fishing, world-class skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
The fertile Hood River Valley has been famous for its orchards for more than a century. From blossom time to the turning of leaves, the more than 14,000 acres of commercial pear, apple, cherry, and peach orchards provide miles of scenic beauty. Fruit grown here is of such exceptional quality that the county leads the world in Anjou pear production, and 50% of the nation's winter pear crop comes from Hood River. The local "Fruit Loop" is a favorite with visitors and locals alike.