Dispersed
Tent Sites
Fires Unknown
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Smith Rock State Park
Price
$8.00
Operator
State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Smith Rock State Park is located in Oregon
Latitude
44.3659 N
Longitude
-121.1374 W
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25 Reviews of Smith Rock State Park
One of Oregon’s Best 🌄

Day 4 - Pacific North Quest (South Sister)

This classic Eastern Oregon gem is located just north of Bend on the Crooked River. It was the perfect resting spot after a big day climbing six miles up the south side of the South Sister from the Devil’s Lake trailhead.

The campground is a short walk from the parking lot and has some excellent amenities including a cooking/cleaning area, restrooms and, best of all - private hot showers - which were glorious after four days of climbing and skiing volcanoes.

The camping area is a bivouac site, which has a spectacular view of Smith Rock and the limited parking in the lot means that there is plenty of space in the campground. The very best spots are on the north side, right up against the drop into the valley.

Check out the three other campgrounds we visited on our Pacific North Quest summer ski touring trip (Jackson F. Kimball State Park, Trillium Lake, and Prairie Campground), and download the Snowledge App to see some incredible photos, along with touring stats and maps from each mission.

AMAZING

I just finished my fourth sunrise hike this weekend! Smith Rock always delivers amazing views for sunrise And sunset. The hard hike up mystery trail is definitely worth it. The hike down takes you along a slow moving river which is great for cooling off especially in the summertime. One of my favorite hikes!

Back pack only. Cars allowed but no sleeping in cars. No RV's, Tents OK

No sleeping in cars, either on the ground on in a tent. Crowded but pleasant company.

Wonderful place. Very crowded

Smith is awesome for climbing, hiking, slacklining, and generally enjoying being outside. The bivy site has real bathrooms with running water, charging stations, showers, and a sink for dishes. Communal cooking area near the parking and scattered tent sites make for a great way to meet other campers but less ideal for large groups hoping to stick together. Smith has gotten way more popular over the last few years, so the campsites and parking often max out on weekends, holidays, and great weather days.

AMAZBALLS FOR 2017 ECLIPSE

What and incredible place to spend three days for the 2017 eclipse. Got to get some climbing in as well as hiking and see the eclipse in totality. The campground was basic an perfect and close to everything you want to do.

AMAZBALLS FOR 2017 ECLIPSE

What and incredible place to spend three days for the 2017 eclipse. Got to get some climbing in as well as hiking and see the eclipse in totality. The campground was basic an perfect and close to everything you want to do.

breathtaking but crowded

This is a very cool place to camp, easily one of my favorite places. It has a very community feel to it, so don't expect to have much privacy or your own site. You basically can set up your tent anywhere and then cook in a communal area.

Nonetheless this place is very cool especially with a group of people. Do come early though, the parking lot gets full and you have to carrying everything in.

Youll find many climbers here staying for the night for early morning climbs. Highly recommend!

Smith Rock State Park

If you love rock climbing, this is YOUR place! If you don't, this place is still on the "must explore" list for anyone! Beautiful terrain, great hiking trails for all levels of hikers (some very challenging, others less challenging), lots of great viewpoints, access to the river, and lots of climbers to watch! Camping is primitive but quiet (not for RVing). We rate this place an 8.5.

beauty

breathtaking

Beautiful, reasonably priced, crowded

As a climber, visiting Smith Rock is a must, and the bivouac camping setup is great. This is not car-camping; it is a communal picnic area within the parking loop, and a short walk to the area where tents are set up. The restrooms are kept clean, and if you time it right you can get a hot shower. This campground does get slammed on the weekends. Lots of dumpsters and recycling bins to accommodate the heavy use, plus there is a cell-phone charging station and a little library in the picnic area, which are a nice touch. At $5 per person (I think), this is a very reasonable place to camp with lots of amenities. If you want your own space, though, this is not the way to go.