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While technically not a park, the Larkspur Trail on the east side of Bend is a public greenspace that links several parks together. So in my mind, it earns a Park of the Week designation. The trail runs south from Pilot Butte state park, using some sidewalk connectors, through Pinewood Natural Area to the Senior Center at Larkspur Park. From there you can follow the Canal Trail to the Deschutes River Trail.

Address: 1600 SE Reed Market Road

Pros:  Easy access to neighborhoods on the east side.

Cons: Fairly short, some sections are on city sidewalks.

Key features: The best part of the Larkspur Trail is the section that traverses Pinewood Natural Area. This quiet woodland along the canal offers a small nature break in the growing city.

What you’ll see and hear: Neighbors out for a walk.

Best use of the park: Taking a nature walk, getting access to Pinewood Natural Area.

Parking: In nearby neighborhoods or at either end (Pilot Butte, Larkspur Park).

Bike parking: In parks along the trail.

Fun fact: Larkspurs are members of the Delphinium genus. And it is apparently the birth-flower for July (I guess that’s a thing). There are several species native to Oregon, including the Dwarf Larkspur. Look for them on your next hike!


Personal trainer, student of movement, and outdoor explorer in the Pacific Northwest

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