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Smith Rock State Park

Highway 97, 9 mi. north, Redmond, OR
+1 800-551-6949
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Highway 97, 9 mi. north, Redmond, OR
+1 800-551-6949
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

Smith is a visually stunning place, (even from the parking lot), but so much to see if you venture farther. It's especially beautiful around sunrise and sunset. There is an initial steep gravel trail ~5 minutes down to get from the parking lot to the...More

Thank ariel p
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Went here to do some photography, what beautiful rock formations. This is a very popular location for rock climbers. There is camping I saw many tents and a couple campers. There are outhouses and regular bathroom facilities with flush toilets. There is a river winding...More

1  Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous place, but do it when it is cool out because there isn't much shade. The vistas up the steep trail are amazing, but it is up and up and up, so bring plenty of water.

2  Thank Brian G
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Not being a hiker on a hot day, we still enjoyed the magnificent rock formations this park had to offer.Took some pics, some with The Three Sisters mountains in the background. $5 parking permit required but worth every penny. Can be busy in summer months.

1  Thank Janice W
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Smith rock is a great place for hiking for people of all ages. The setting in beautiful and worth your time.

Thank Phil H
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Another jaw dropping spectacle in Oregon. Worth visiting and if you have the time do the hike also and then enjoy watching the climbers.

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

A good small park with good views and great facilities. Good for a short walk even if you are not a climber. Also good for kids as it had good views but not too large

Thank THN_DK
Reviewed 27 July 2016

I never get enough of the beauty Smith Rocks offers! We recently had professional family photos taken there and the views and light in the late evening were perfect. It's a great get a way place for my dog and I to go to as...More

Thank saraschrage
Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is a great park, with well maintained trails. You get to decide the difficulty of your time here. Even from the parking area you can see a portion of the rock formations. If you can, take your time a truly sight see. The Crooked...More

Thank Denise L
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The Rock is right off the highway and easy to find. Cost $5.00 to day park. We had a clear hot 90s day. We decided to hike. Had sufficient water....we thought. We had a map which make sure you have! The map will get you...More

Thank Debbie G
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Dana H
We are considering a visit in March, will there still be snow for snowshoeing or will it be hiking weather?
30 January 2017|
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Response from Tom G | Reviewed this property |
Record cold and snow fall this winter! My bet is there will be some snow.
Hi. We have 1-2 hours to stop at the park and would like to get the best bang for our buck (time). Will be coming from Portland and then heading to Sisters. Where should we enter the park and where can we get the best views, either without hiking (rim views) or taking one short easy hike. (We are seniors.) Thanks!
12 December 2016|
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Response from Fallcolorfool | Reviewed this property |
There is only one entrance/exit to this state park from Hwy 97. I would recommend to you to stop at the first parking lot in the park. From there leads a easy flat trail that takes you around the southern edge of the steep... More
How much can we see since I have a bum leg and cannot hike? It is so beautiful in the pics and I can walk some but cannot manage hiking. I would love to see some of it from a turnout , viewpoint , vista or the like.
14 May 2016|
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Response from Cameron M | Reviewed this property |
You can see quite a bit from the parking areas. If you simply cannot get out of the car you can still get a decent panorama of the cliffs. Better, if you can park and walk to the rim at the various parking areas you'll get... More