OREGON HAS IT ALL: high desert in the east, forested mountains, wild ocean along the coast, sweeping river valleys and towering waterfalls. Our State Parks might not be as well known to visitors as Crater Lake, but they’re more than worth visiting.
Smith Rock State ParkTerrebonne, United StatesSmith Rock State Park, in Central Oregon, is a varied natural world in itself. It’s a diorama of different landscapes in a contained area. Jutting rock formations, trees, herons in the creek and incredible colors are harmoniously together within walking distance.
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Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon, north of Bend, offers dramatically different landscapes in a contained area. It is a climber’s paradise. My brother and I hiked up a steep path to the top of the climber-dotted cliffs. Tall pines grew along the creek below. On our walk back, a heron flew low on the water and a river otter kept popping out of the creek.