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Smith Rock State Park | Introduction
Smith Rock State Park is a state park located in central Oregon, near the city of Redmond. It is known for its unique and challenging rock scenery and is one of the best rock climbing destinations in the United States. The park covers over 650 acres and features towering cliffs and breathtaking mountain views.
Central Oregon has a lot of picturesque spots, Smith Rock State Park and the nearby Painted Slopes are the most special, Smith Rock State Park is about three and a half hours drive from Portland, we drove more than eight hours from San Francisco to reach here. If you live in California like me, you may not have the chance to travel to Central Oregon. We passed by because we stayed in Bend the night before, and it was a nice surprise to realize how beautiful Smith Rock State Park is when we passed by on our road trip to Canada.
Smith Rock is also a popular destination for bird-watching, picnicking and hiking for local residents. The park offers a number of trails with varying levels of difficulty, from easy trails for families with small children to more challenging trails for physical training.Smith Rock State Park Trail MapPlease pay $5.00 for a parking pass to enter Smith Rock State Park. To enter Smith Rock State Park, please pay a $5 parking fee with your card.
Smith Rock State Park | Canyon Trail | Rim Rock Trail
Since we were just passing through, we only spent about two hours in Smith Rock State Park and chose to take the easier route. We drove up the mountain on an unpaved road to the parking lot in the center of the park, which leads to the Rim Rock Trail and the Canyon Trail, and stopped at the nearby viewpoints for a spectacular view of the mountains.
Even in winter, many locals still come here to spend their weekends. Follow the Canyon Trail all the way from the canyon to the river, the scenery is especially beautiful, if in the summer swimming camping here is also very good. The colorful rock wall is called Red Wall, which is volcanic rock. This large area of Smith Rock was originally formed by volcanic eruptions of ash and cold. The magma is still working underground, so it later pushed up the ground where the river is now, and flowed through the base of the wall. If you want to see the Red Wall, you can drive along the highway all the way to the end, and there is a great viewpoint at the turnaround parking area.
Due to the special terrain, the flat rock wall here is a favorite of rock climbers. Look closely at the Red Wall on the other side of the river, there are many people climbing.
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