Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Amnon F
    Tel Aviv District, Israel1,039 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Scenery
    we saw the mountains from the main road and thought that we need to go there. During lunch we asked the waitress how to get there, and she explained that it was just a few minutes so we decided to detour and stop there for a short visit which became a long one. the towering mountains surrounding the park, the different colors of the rocks, the river in the gorge create astounding views. the park offers numerous trails and unfortunately due to lack of time I was only able to do the rim trail, but even this trail offered amazing panorama this is certainly a must see
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Manalani
    Pacifica, California430 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful way to spend a day - bring picnic!
    Great stop with a hiking option for nearly every need. It was fun seeing the rock climbers (of varying abilities) scaling heights large and small. There’s even a beginner rock or two in the park.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • GK360
    Seattle, Washington165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic stop
    Fantastic stop here on a cool day in September. Note that the bridge is under construction, so we were not able to cross to trails on the other side. No matter, though. Such beautiful scenery everywhere, and we enjoyed the trails we hiked on. Absolutely worth the drive here and the time spent. We'll be back.
    Visited September 2023
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Wildwoodatheart
    Santa Rosa, California912 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, Unique State park.
    This is one of those parks that you have to know about in order to go. It is not far off the highway, but it is out in the middle of a rural residential area. It's beautiful! It seems to be a very popular place for rock climbers. I was there with my dog, and we enjoyed walking on the trails. (Leashed, of course.) The view are gorgeous. I believe there is a campground as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Paul S
    501 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Misery Ridge and River Trails– Spectacular
    The 3.6-mile loop that includes the Misery Ridge and River trails is great – natural beauty and the physical challenge of the climb. From the parking area, one walks down to the newly completed bridge over the Crooked River then the climb of roughly 1000 feet to the top. Enjoy the views on the way and once you reach the top. Continue to see multiple views of monkey face rock then down near and along the river until you are back to the bridge. It a great hike and a great park.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 16, 2023
  • DebbyLA
    440 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss if in the area.
    Wonderful experience. Easy walking on rim trail and parking lot past the visitor center. Clean, clean porta potties too $5 day use fee We were here on a 70 degree sunny day. I think in the summer would be scotching hot.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • happyrelaxeddudes
    465 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Park not to be Missed
    Smith Rock is absolutely amazing!! We went one day at sunset and were so thrilled with the beauty that we returned for sunrise. We hiked several easy trails, but avoided the one called “misery” which looked like it went straight uphill. The reflections in the river are gorgeous. However, you can also see 4 snow-capped mountains in the background and that too is magical.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2023
  • trytogetawayoften
    New Tripoli, Pennsylvania264 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park for hiking, watching rock climbers and river otters.
    I think this is a great place to visit if you enjoy hiking. The initial decent is a bit rough. There are several paths to choose from. We took the river trail to the left and saw several people climbing the shear face of the rock which was exciting. On our way back we saw several river otters, one that dove down in the water and brought up a fish and climbed on a rock and ate it, then did it several more times (bad day to be a fish).
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 20, 2024
  • Julie S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing regarding your activity level
    Amazing and beautiful! We came back to central Oregon and enjoyed the views of Smith Rock. We are in our 60's and decided not to walk the trails, but enjoyed visiting while sitting on one of the benches there.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 30, 2024
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Damien P
Seattle, WA64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We came here to visit in the morning. The scenery was very beautiful with the rocks in the background. We came at about 10:30am and it was starting to get pretty hot, so I recommend that you go early in the morning or the evening if you want to hike a lot. The canyon and the river trail were both nice areas to hang out. I highly recommend visiting here.
Written August 2, 2020
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lowsfo
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I was in the Bend OR area and decided to visit Smith Rock. It didn't disappoint. It was easy to find and offered a number of different levels of trails for everyone. It was in the 90s when I visited so bring your mask and loads of water. It's $5 to park all day - just use the self-service machines, which at the moment only take credit cards.
Written August 7, 2020
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nicolediane
Atlanta, GA728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Not far off the highway you end up in a place that could be in Utah. Fantastic rock formations. It was very busy. We checked out the views and had our picnic lunch. There is a pay station for the use fee and you can use a credit card. Picnic tables had some shade. Bathrooms available. Some trails.
Written July 29, 2021
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HNL2SFO
Pacifica, CA49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Beautiful view of rock formations in various colors, and not very hard to get to from Bend, Redmond, Sisters. You can park your car in one of the lots (small fee), or find a 15 minute space and get out and look across and down at the great view. Or walk down the path and take the river trail. The river is a little stagnant so don’t plan on swimming here. There are lots of people rock climbing, lots of restrooms, and picnic tables.
Written June 3, 2021
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Pixelpanderer
Yountville, CA980 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This place is a hidden gem to many people. As a photographer, I have known about it but never visited it since it was a 10 hour drive from home. Get there before dawn if possible because the rocks light up early and the sky behind them can be stunning. Shoot from the parking lot area before going to the valley floor. Bring all your lenses since you can use a close-up all the way to tele's. Cross the river bridge and photograph the climbers. I could go on and on!
Written November 6, 2021
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FourBarons
Lynden, WA148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Gorgeous compact park with amazing rock formations towering above a lush river canyon. Visited on an early Monday morning to beat the heat and the crowds! Hikes are all very short and well marked. Husband and three sons 8-16 yrs. took off over Misery Ridge to see Monkey Face, then descended via Mesa and returned via River Trail. Arthritic mother walked the level but so beautiful River Trail almost to Mesa, then turned around, and all of us ended back up at the car wi 20 minutes of each other. Fun watching rock climbers of all experience levels. This is a very unusual area for Oregon, it felt like you were in Utah! Easy drive from Redmond or Bend.
Written August 15, 2021
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Joan N
Ellensburg, WA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
While I love Smith Rock with all of its beauty and hiking, I wanted to review my camping experience. Smith Rock has a bivouac camp area that is unique. This is a walk in tenting area, no RV's or trailers. Smith Rock brings in tons of young rock climbers and this tenting spot gives them a chance to stay right there. My husband and I are in our 70's but still tenters, so we gave it a try. We loved it. The entire concept is different. Tents are pitched out about 30 to 50 yards away from a central area. You find your spot and pitch the tent, your sleeping area. Everything else is done in a more central area. About 25 tables are staged for eating and cooking in a central area. This allows people to mingle and socialize. We had our own chairs so we could sit, eat and chat with amazing young people. The bath rooms are the very best. Clean and well maintained. The showers are free. Big double sinks outside for washing dishes and things. Long electrical plugins for charging up devices. Trails led directly to the walk down into Smith Rock. We love the area but the camping experience is really cool.
Written June 27, 2021
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ScubaDave16
Highland, IN1,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This was an awesome park to hike. It was pretty crowded so obviously a lot of other people felt this way too. it wasn't hard to distance, though.

There were a number of trails of varying difficulty. the one along the river was quite scenic and not too difficult.

The trails were pretty well maintained and there were places to stop along the way.

Bring water. even in October it was pretty warm in the canyon and the last part of the hike is uphill.

look up... there are rock climbers on many of the rock faces.
Written October 14, 2020
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Amnon F
Tel Aviv District, Israel1,039 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
we saw the mountains from the main road and thought that we need to go there. During lunch we asked the waitress how to get there, and she explained that it was just a few minutes so we decided to detour and stop there for a short visit which became a long one.
the towering mountains surrounding the park, the different colors of the rocks, the river in the gorge create astounding views. the park offers numerous trails and unfortunately due to lack of time I was only able to do the rim trail, but even this trail offered amazing panorama
this is certainly a must see
Written July 27, 2023
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trytogetawayoften
New Tripoli, PA264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I think this is a great place to visit if you enjoy hiking. The initial decent is a bit rough. There are several paths to choose from. We took the river trail to the left and saw several people climbing the shear face of the rock which was exciting. On our way back we saw several river otters, one that dove down in the water and brought up a fish and climbed on a rock and ate it, then did it several more times (bad day to be a fish).
Written March 20, 2024
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