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tumalo state parkTumalo State Park is a destination for swimming, hiking, camping and relaxing. Located just north of Bend on the Deschutes River, it makes a great quick escape on hot, summer days. This is one of the few nearby parks with developed camping. Seasonal campsites are available for a wide range of visitors. Take your RV, tent or simply walk or bike in. There are also 7 yurts for a more luxurious outdoor experience. If you’re looking for just a day trip there are also a few reservable group picnic areas.

Address: 64170 O. B. Riley Rd

Pros:  River access. 330 acres of land to explore. Camping available.

Cons: There is an access fee. $5 day passes or $30 annual state park passes are accepted. Camping costs $5-$77/night.

Key features: In the summertime, the Deschutes River is definitely the key feature of the park. There are several places where it’s easy to get down into the river, even if it’s just to dip your feet. In addition there are several large fields and picnic areas for large gatherings or small family outings. Hikers will enjoy rambling along the shaded trails. Wildlife abounds at this park, including rabbits, squirrels, deer and many types of birds. If you’re more adventurous, veer off the trails and explore the sprawling undeveloped portion of the park. A portion of the Deschutes Paddle Trail runs through Tumalo State Park. If you’re out for a paddle, this is a pleasant place to stop and take a lunch break.

What you’ll see and hear: Birds singing, chipmunks chattering, kids splashing in the river.

Best use of the park: Seeing how cold the river still is in the middle of summer.

Parking: There are several parking lots. Remember to display your parking pass!

Bike parking: None.

Fun fact: The name “Tumalo” derives from “tumolo,” meaning wild plum in the Klamath language. Tumalo is a common place name in Central Oregon. You may recognize Tumalo Falls, Tumalo (unincorporated community near Bend), Tumalo Creek and Tumalo Mountain. In fact, the Tumalo confusion is so common that there’s a signboard at the state park alerting visitors that Tumalo Falls is NOT within the park boundaries.

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