Five for Fall: Perfect Autumn Hikes in Central Oregon

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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., 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
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.