Pretty much anywhere you go in Central Oregon has beautiful views, but some places are just extra special, whether they come from child hood memories, or just the feel and smell of a certain place. Here are some of our own personal favorite spots in Central Oregon. If you have not gone, check them out, and if you go to any of our favorite spots, take a picture, post on social media and tag us, or email us your photos!
Nola’s Favorite Spots–
Smith Rock– Located in Terrebonne, which is about 40 miles from Bend, Smith Rock State Park is a must-see! Tourists as well as locals love this place. You can hike up multiple different trails, rock climb, or just take it easy and check out the views, and believe me, everywhere you look, there’s incredible views! Learn more here.
Maiden Peak– About an hour and a half South West from Bend, Maiden Peak is a 3,021’ elevation gain shield volcano in the Cascade Range, great for hiking. It is a 17.1 mile hike in and out, making it a more difficult hike. Learn more here.
Anywhere on Deschutes River- I think every Central Oregonian can agree with this! Once you find the perfect spot on the River, everything just slows down. Grab a book, your pup, or a friend, and just relax next to the flowing waters of the Deschutes. Check out the Deschutes River Trail Map here.
Bryce’s Favorite Spots–
Smith Rock– Info about Smith Rock State Park above.
Top of Mt. Bachelor- It’s about 20 minutes out of Bend, and about 20 from Sunriver. There’s nowhere else quite like the very top of Mt. Bachelor. In the Winter, Spring, or Summer, the views are always amazing! You can see other mountain ranges, lakes, and buttes in the area. You can take a ski lift to the top in the Winter and Spring and ride down, or in the Summer, you can take the lift up and dine at the top of Pine Marten Lift. See more about Mt. Bachelor summer dining here.
Fall River- Just outside Sunriver, Fall River is a spring-fed stream about 2 miles NW of Pringle Falls, and eventually meets up with the Deschutes River. You can fly fish only here, and there’s a beautiful community of homes on the water. Learn more here.
Caileigh’s Favorite Spots–
Painted Hills- I think the only thing you can say when arriving at The Painted Hills is “WOW.” It truly looks like something out of a movie, pictures don’t even do justice. They are located about 2 hours North East of Bend, but well worth the drive! You can walk around, have a picnic, and check out the wildflower blooms from April-May. Check out more here.
Green Lakes Trail- The trailhead is about 40 miles from Bend, and is a total of 9.1 miles out and back to hike. With views of Mt. Bachelor, The Sisters, and of course Broken Top, this trip is a must for hikers in Central Oregon. Learn more here.
Elk Lake- Quite possibly one of the most relaxing lakes in Central Oregon, with many activities to do out on the water, Elk Lake is about 40 miles from Bend right off the Cascade Lakes Highway. With many spots around the lake to hang out for the day and relax with the family, Elk Lake is a favorite to many. There is a lodge where you can eat, lodge, or rent: Day Docks, Pontoon Boats, Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Canoes, and more. Click here for more info.
Get out there and have fun!
The Jones Group