Named one of Oregon's 7 Wonders, Smith Rock State Park in Deschutes County outside of Bend is a spectacular place for hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Filled with breathtaking views and interesting rock formations such as Monkey Face, there are also over 20 slacklines connecting rock spires around the park for adrenaline seekers wishing to challenge their balance and nerves.
The scenic canyon with awe-inspiring rock spires comprised of compressed volcanic ash up to 550 ft. tall was carved out by the Crooked River through the millennium. For decades, it has drawn world-class rock climbers from around the globe, but don't be intimated by that. While it's a marvel to watch the climbers ascend the formidable rock faces, the well-maintained trails are accessible and rewarding for hikers and mountain bikers of all ability levels. Be advised that Smith Rock has understandably been gaining in popularity in recent years, making parking more difficult on weekends and holidays.
We recommend you visit on week days to avoid the crowds and experience the unique natural setting as nature intended. The abundant wildlife of the area, including river otter, prairie falcons, and golden eagles, are much easier to spot in the quietest times, especially around dawn and dusk.
Parking permits are $5/vehicle/day, or $30 for an annual state parks pass. It is free to hike or bike into the park.
Camping is allowed in the park, with permits available at the fee station located at the entrance to the camping area. Fees are $5 per person / night.
Smith Rock State Park is located just off Oregon State Highway 97, 3 miles east of the town of Terrebonne. There’s a brown state sign marking Austin Rd. at a yellow highway light. If you drive by a cluster of restaurants with a gas station, you’ve gone too far. Turn East on Austin Rd. and drive to Lambert Rd., following it to NE Crooked River Dr. and the park entrance.
GPS coordinates to Rim Rock Trailhead: 44.365891, -121.137377
Address for Google Maps: Rim Rock Trail, Terrebonne, OR 97760, USA