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Five for Fall: Perfect Autumn Hikes in Central Oregon

Black Butte
Black Butte in the distance

There’s no bad time of year to go on a hike in Central Oregon. In the summer heat, folks head up to the cooler temps with hikes around our high lakes. In the winter, Smith Rock State Park is downright balmy and the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine. And in the spring, our urban parks and trails are busy with locals eager to welcome the changing seasons.

But if there’s a best time of year to hike, it’s fall. Great weather, beautiful colors and less-crowded trails make for the perfect outdoor experience. RootsRated.com, an outdoor adventure clearinghouse has hand-picked these 5 Perfect Fall Hikes on the High Desert. They’re spot on with their picks!

Smith Rock River Trail
Smith Rock State Park
Central Oregon Visitors Association
The Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) is the "Official" Tourism Information Resource for Central Oregon, including the communities of Bend, Sunriver, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Crooked River Ranch, Terrebonne, Culver and Black Butte Ranch. Most of the stories posted online can be found in the Official Central Oregon Visitors Guide.