Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park
Terrebonne, OR - 97760

Type: Parks
(800) 551-6949

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Smith Rock State Park, located in Central Oregon near the town of Terrebonne, is renowned for its striking rock formations, dramatic cliffs, and extensive recreational opportunities. Often considered the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, the park attracts climbers from around the world with its challenging routes and scenic beauty. Smith Rock State Park covers over 650 acres and offers stunning views of the Crooked River, which winds its way through the canyon.

The park's unique geology, featuring towering spires and deep gorges, provides a diverse range of climbing options suitable for all skill levels. Popular climbing areas include the iconic Monkey Face, a 350-foot-tall spire that offers some of the most challenging routes in the park, and the Dihedrals, known for their excellent beginner and intermediate climbs. In addition to traditional climbing, the park is a hotspot for bouldering and sport climbing, with over 1,800 established routes.

For those who prefer to stay grounded, Smith Rock State Park offers an array of hiking and biking trails that showcase the area's natural beauty. The Misery Ridge Trail, one of the park's most popular hikes, provides a strenuous but rewarding trek to the top of Misery Ridge, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the distant Cascade Mountains. The River Trail, which follows the Crooked River, is a more moderate option and provides excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, including sightings of golden eagles, river otters, and mule deer.

Smith Rock State Park is open year-round, though the best times to visit are in the spring and fall when the weather is milder. The park features a day-use area with picnic facilities, restrooms, and a campground that accommodates tents and RVs. Additionally, the park hosts various educational programs and guided tours, offering visitors a chance to learn more about the area's geology, ecology, and history.

Whether you're an avid climber, a hiking enthusiast, or simply looking to enjoy the stunning scenery, Smith Rock State Park offers a diverse range of activities and breathtaking views that make it one of Oregon's most treasured outdoor destinations.

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