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Free First Day hike at Smith Rock State Park


For the sixth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day.

Information about the special hike to take place at Smith Rock State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website–go to online and search for “First Day Hikes” under Event Category.

Hike time: 10 a.m. Hike limited to 30 participants by reservation only. Call the park office at 541-548-7501 ext. 1 and leave a message with your name, phone number and number of people in your group.
Starting location: Bivouac campground
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate three-mile hike on the Canyon Trail. No dogs or baby strollers allowed.
Contact information: (541) 548-7501
Additional details: See wildlife and learn about the unique bubble cave geological features.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes Twitter and Instagram or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. Images can also be e-mailed to

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