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Smith Rock State Park

Highway 97, 9 mi. north, Redmond, OR
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Redmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Rock climbing, Hiking
Traveler Description: One of the great things about Smith Rock State Park is that nearly everybody can enjoy it ... it doesn't matter if you are young, old, sedentary, or... more »
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Apopka, FL
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225 reviews 225 reviews
136 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is really a beautiful place to take photo's. The colors are amazing and changes as the day goes by. Hold your little ones hands because the trails are very close to the edges. Hiking is what the park is really good for beside the pics. Make this a must stop.

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Orlando, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

There is nothing called nature at its best or nature at its worst!It's simply nature on its own. It's jaw dropping and spot on beautiful to those eyes which could appreciate that fact. I'm surprised trip advisor asks to rate a place like smith rock ! And of course you can run, climb, hike,cross a river by foot if you... More

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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I hiked while my husband climbed. A climber I bumped into recommended starting Misery Ridge by turning left at the bridge opposed to right to stay in the shade for a good portion of the hike (I started the trail at 8:30am and finished about 11am with a lot stopping for photos). It was great tip. As I climbed the... More

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Albany, OR
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179 reviews 179 reviews
81 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We survived the hike over the Misery Trail to the Monkey Face and down the other side, and my pictures are incredible! We should have taken more water, and luckily had lunch with us. We needed it, since the hike took six hours, with a lot of rest stops. Along the way, we saw eagles, butterflies, herons and ducks. Did... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

In late June, we were visiting friends in Prineville. A friend mentioned we should take a trip to Smith Rocks. We left Prineville, and drove for twenty or thirty minutes, through an area of small ranches. We arrived at Smith Rocks. This place is so beautiful. Its not huge like the Grand Canyon, but is its equal. And you can... More

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Amazing! One of the 7 Wonders of Oregon and for good reason. You have to see this place to believe it!

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Seattle, WA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

State parks often get short shrift. We would never have bothered to stop here if a friend hadn't insisted that we do so. Boy, are we glad we did. Spectacular red cliffs loom over a wonderful river. Great hiking trails, too. The juxtaposition of the hot desert cliffs above the cool river was very cinematic. In fact, several movies have... More

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Dana Point, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I have heard about it for years, so I checked it out, if your passing through these parts check it out. Its kind of compact, you can make it as rough as you want. More challenging would be the trail over the top, but smith offers many other trails and view points.

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Grand Forks, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had two kids with us (6 and 3) and this was recommended to us by (I assume) crazy people. Honestly, unless you are up for a serious hike, don't head down to the bottom of the gorge--just snap pictures with your family and enjoy the scenery. If you simply must go down there, take twice the water you think... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I decided to take a little road trip to Smith Rock to venture doing the hiking loop during the July 4th weekend. I truly enjoyed it and I'd like to share my observations if you'd like to go there. First off, I couldn't understand why some people think the trail is a race. Geez whiz, take your time and truly... More

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