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Parks and nature in Bend

Top parks

Scenic Lookout
“great 360 views of all the mountains around! start at the bottom below and hike to the top or drive up for a gorgeous sunset view! must see!”
  • 62 locals recommend
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“Iconic Park of Bend, connecting the neighborhoods with downtown. Plenty of open fields along the river for a causal day of hanging out.”
  • 33 locals recommend
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“Beautiful Mirror Pond. Relax, stroll and/or spread out a blanket, walk your dog. Local favorite. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
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“This is a beautiful park along the Deschutes river. Most certainly is the starting point for a lazy float in a calm section of the river that passes through the Old Mill district. In the summer heat, this is most welcome to cool off and have a great time. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
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“You have not visited Bend unless you have floated the river. It is a past time of this town, and it is a great way to spend time in this awesome town! Rent a float, park your car at Drake Park or Riverbend and take the shuttle to or from. Don't walk around the rapids! Ride the lightning!”
  • 19 locals recommend
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“Take a stroll by Mirror Pond or have a picnic next to the Deschutes river in Drake Park, Bend's oldest and prettiest park. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
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“The whitewater park has an awesome stretch of rapids that we like to take the family on in tubes or other inflatables. You can get out at the beach and walk back up for multiple runs, or float through to Drake Park. For a longer float we put in at Farewell Bend park and float down to the whitewater park or all the way to Drake Park and Mirror Pond. There is a shuttle that runs from Drake Park to Farewell Bend if you don't have multiple cars to shuttle with. At Whitewater Park there is also a standing wave that is engineered for surfing, and one that is engineered for kayakers. For the younger kids there is a nice beach where they can play in the sand and gentle water, and there are public bathrooms, picnic tables, and parking.”
  • 12 locals recommend
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“There are a couple loops for walking/jogging. Shortest loop is about 3 miles, but you can extend it by going further north. There are multiple bridges to turn around and come back on the other side.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Playgrounds

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“You have not visited Bend unless you have floated the river. It is a past time of this town, and it is a great way to spend time in this awesome town! Rent a float, park your car at Drake Park or Riverbend and take the shuttle to or from. Don't walk around the rapids! Ride the lightning!”
  • 19 locals recommend
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“This is the Deschutes river portion that runs next to the Old Mill out door mall, LesSchwab Ampatheater and beautiful down river homes. Our family loves to float this river every summer! It's a fun relaxing float to people and house watch. You can complete it in a little less than 2 hours or meander for longer. Sometime if there is an early evening concert and it is above 90° out we'll float and listen to music. There is a fun rapid section too! I have seen many larg bruises on people coming out of the Rapids, BUT you can make without a scratch, I've done it! Stay to the middle of the rapids and lift your bottom up so it doesn't hit any high boulders and you should be good, I hope.... OR just get out before the rapids and walk on the trail aside them. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
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  • 2 locals recommend
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“This park is one of our favorites. They have a couple of great playground structures, and one has a huge slide that runs down the hillside. They also have some fields for lawn games and some great walking/biking trails. There is also a pretty nice skate park there.”
  • 1 local recommends
Playground
“Just a mile down the street! A great playground as well as a field to throw/kick balls around!”
  • 2 locals recommend

Trails

Scenic Lookout
“great 360 views of all the mountains around! start at the bottom below and hike to the top or drive up for a gorgeous sunset view! must see!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“They have white water rafting tours, canoe tours, show shoes and much more. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“It’s a great place to catch a sun set and learn the names of the mountains. Closed to cars in the winter. Great little hike takes about an hour up and down. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“This park is one of our favorites. They have a couple of great playground structures, and one has a huge slide that runs down the hillside. They also have some fields for lawn games and some great walking/biking trails. There is also a pretty nice skate park there.”
  • 1 local recommends
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