US State Parks

Each state is taking care of the natural treasures it possesses, preserving them within the territories of State Parks.

Sonoma Coast State Park 27

Sonoma Coast State Park – an incredible place you’ll never forget

  Address: 3095 Highway 1 Bodega Bay, CA 94923 Phone: (707) 875-3483 Acreage: 10,000 GPS Coordinates: N 38 24.310 W 123 05.867 If you want to enjoy the fullness of beauty and uniqueness of the northern Californian Coast, Sonoma Coast State Park is just the right place for this. Spreading out its land of more than 10,000 acres on the 17 miles of Pacific coastline, this park boasts breathtaking scenery of the majestic ocean and incredible beaches which are quite diverse in their appearance. [...]

Kortum Trail 17

Kortum Trail – enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Coastline

  Location: Sonoma Coast State Park, California Length: 8 miles (roundtrip) Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 300 feet (at the northern section, going from Shell Beach to Goat Rock) GPS Coordinates: N 38 24.310 W 123 05.867 Kortum Trail is the best option to get acquainted with the “coastal part” of Sonoma Coast State Park. Being the longest trail of the park, it runs for about 4 miles from the Wright’s Beach on the south up to the Blind Beach on the north. The trail was [...]

Summit Trail 11

Summit Trail at Smith Rock State Park – unforgettable views

Address: Terrebonne, OR 97760, United States Phone number: 541-548-7501 Length: 2 miles GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 The Summit Trail is the youngest trail in the park, which was opened in 2013. It is actually a connecting trail and is usually hiked as a part of Summit Trail Loop which starts at the parks’ Welcome Center and runs for approximately 7, 5 miles throughout the Smith Rock State Park, and includes Canyon Trail, River Trail, Summit Trail, Burma Road Trail and Wolf [...]

Rope de Dope Trail 16

Interesting Rope de Dope Trail at Smith Rock State Park

Address: Terrebonne, OR 97760, United States Phone number: 541-548-7501 Length: 0.5 miles GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 This short trail, stretching forward for only 0.5 miles, is regarded to be one of the most often used trails and one of the major connectors between the trails within the well-conceived trail system of incredible Smith Rock State Park. For people staying at The Bivy (the campground area) Rope de Dope trail arranges an access to the Canyon Trail, leading to the footbridge across the [...]

River Trail 27

Amazing River Trail at Smith Rock State Park

Address: Terrebonne, OR 97760, United States Phone number: 541-548-7501 Length: 0.68 miles GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 Information Center: Crooked River National Grassland, 274 SW 4th Street, Madras, OR River Trail is an extremely easy picturesque trail, especially popular and often visited by families with kids and various age visitors, who are eager to enjoy all the beauty of Smith Rock State Park without climbing the strenuous trails, preferring a pleasant saunter at a leisurely pace. To find to the River Trail from the [...]

Misery Ridge Trail 24

Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park

Address: Terrebonne, OR 97760, United States Phone number: 541-548-7501 Length: 0.68 miles GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 Information Center: Crooked River National Grassland, 274 SW 4th Street, Madras, OR Misery Ridge Trail is probably the most popular and well-known trail of the Rock Smith State Park, but for inexperienced hikers it may also seem one of the most strenuous trails of this state park. Its steep ascend at the beginning caused lots of troubles to early pioneers, trying to cross over the mountain [...]

Skull Hollow Campground 9

Skull Hollow Campground at Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

Address: Terrebonne, OR 97760, United States Phone number: 541-548-7501 Acreage: 651.68 Day-use: Fee Annual Pass: 24 month pass $5, $30, $50 GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 Information Center: Crooked River National Grassland, 274 SW 4th Street, Madras, OR Rock Smith State Park is a unique place with unbelievable landscape visited by hundreds of thousands people annually. It is the real Paradise for the climbers offering f couple of thousands of routs for climbing with various levels of difficulty. The only thing this wonderful park is missing is [...]

Smith Rock State Park 14

The Beauty of Smith Rock State Park

Address: Terrebonne, OR 97760, United States Phone number: 541-548-7501 Acreage: 651.68 Day-use: Fee Annual Pass: 24 month pass $5, $30, $50 GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 Smith Rock State Park is one of the pearls of Oregon State. Located on the banks of Crooked River, it spreads over the territory of 615 acres. Oregon State received the lands of this state park in the time period of 1960 - 1975 (some of them were donated, and some were bought by the state). Since then this incredible [...]

Mesa Verde Trail 15

Mesa Verde Trail at Smith Rock State Park

Location: Smith Rock State Park Length: 0.65 miles GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 Mesa Verde Trail is a very short, only 0.65-mile trail that connects to other more beautiful and popular trails. Though the trail is short and is used as a connecting trail, it provides several good views: nice views of Monkey Face and the surrounding. While hiking along this trail I was amazed by the numerous yellow rock, gorgeous views and fabulously beautiful sky. By the way, the [...]

Canyon Trail 13

Winding Canyon Trail

Location: Smith Rock State Park Length: 6.5 miles GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 Smith Rock State Park is a very interesting place, where you can explore and enjoy nature hiking, or look at the park from another prospective – climbing. Canyon Trail is an easy 1.5-mile trail, which at some point it becomes steeper. It winds around Crooked River and provides nice views of the park. This trail also allows hikers to enjoy forested area of the park, probably the only [...]

Burma Road Trail 19

Burma Road Trail: The View From Above

Location: Smith Rock State Park Length: 6.5 miles GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 Smith Rock State Park is a very popular destination in Oregon both among hikers and rock climbers. A well-developed trail system and numerous rocks for climbing attract thousands of tourists. Burma Road Trail is a breathtaking 6.5-mile hike that takes you to the top. The trail is fabulous because hikers see and explore the difference between the unique ecosystem near the river, at the bottom and at [...]