BEND, Ore. — Three popular Central Oregon state parks will be open for free, guided day hikes on New Year’s Day.
For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided hikes across Oregon on Jan. 1, including at La Pine, Smith Rock and Tumalo state parks in Central Oregon, according to a news release from the parks department.
At Smith Rock, two guided moderate-intensity hikes — a 2-mile hike on Rimrock Trail and a 3-mile hike on Wolf Tree Trail — will leave at 10 a.m. from the Smith Rock Welcome Center. Both hikes will be limited to 35 hikers, and the $5 parking fee will be waived, according to the release.
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