A rock climber’s paradise, this park has over 1,000 climbing routes available to try your hand at, as well as hiking, biking, and horse-riding trails.
Smith Rock State Park, located in central Oregon, has been a go-to climbing destination since the 1980s. Today, there are over 1,000 various climbing routes in the spires of hardened volcanic ash accessible to visitors. The routes range from beginner level to extremely difficult, so there is a course for everyone that is willing to try. The area does not often receive a lot of rain, so climbing and mountain biking can practically be done year-round at Smith Rock.
If you would rather come and experience Smith Rock State Park on the ground and not suspended on a rockface, there are several miles of hiking and mountain biking trails at your disposal. The Canyon to Rim loop is a doable 3.4-mile hike that will bring you along the Crooked River and near superb canyons. Keep an eye out for river otters, golden eagles, and mule deer on this trail. Mountain biking here is a bit more extreme, but definitely worth it if you want to try it out. You will get some of the most stunning views of the cliffs in Smith Rock along the many miles of biking trails here. Horseback riding is another popular activity at Smith Rock; you can truly take in all of the dramatic scenery this park has to offer on the extensive designated horse trails they have mapped out here.