Some of our best vacation memories from childhood are the times our entire families hiked together, laughing and chatting as we walked, enjoying the journey with no hurry to reach the end. As young children, we would run ahead as far as we dared, looking back constantly to see if our parents were still in sight, stopping when we could no longer see them. As teenagers, this was when we talked to our parents about our hopes and dreams for the future. These amazing times hiking near Bend, Oregon were moments in time that were cherished and helped strengthen the bonds in families that too often were drawn apart by the stresses and chores of real life. And when you vacation in Central Oregon, the 65 miles of available hiking trails near Bend, Oregon mean you will have plenty of opportunities to make new memories with your family—a tradition that can be carried on for generations to come!
Hiking Trails Near Bend, Oregon
Three Pines Trail – The shortest of the bunch, lasting only .2 miles, this trail is perfect for those with young children. Starting at Three Pines Park, it is technically a connector trail, ending at Shevlin Commons.
River Bend Park Old Mill Walking Routes – There are actually four different length trails here, with the shortest lasting one mile and the longest just over three miles, much of it along the river.
Deschutes River Trail (South Canyon Reach) – This 4.3-mile trail starts at the Haul Road Trail, meanders along the Deschutes River, and ends at River Road Park. Secrets shared along a river trail bring parents and children even closer together.
Shevlin Park Area Trails – For those looking to stretch their muscles a bit more than normal while enjoying the beauty of Central Oregon nature, 9.8 miles of trails wandering above the canyon and throughout the park offer a great workout and an amazing opportunity to experience the beauty of our region.
Brooks Scanlon Rail Trail – For the truly ambitious hikers (this may not be an appropriate hike for families with young children) this 27-mile-long trail begins at Shevlin Park (Phil’s Trailhead) and ends in Sisters, another charming Central Oregon town we are quite fond of!
For a more complete list of hikes in Bend, Oregon and maps that can be downloaded, feel free to visit www.bendparksandrec.org to get a head start on your activity planning. All the trails listed are managed by the Bend Parks and Rec, and they do their part to keep them clean, safe, and well-marked.
That’s a lot of hiking for one vacation! You may need to plan multiple trips to Oregon just to get them all in, and when you do, make sure you book one of our luxurious Sunriver Pines vacation homes to stay in!