A Day Trip on the Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway

Scenic Bikeway Itinerary

  • Length:
    37 miles
  • Nearby Cities:
    Sisters, Bend, Camp Sherman
  • Region:
    Central Oregon

In 2013, we at Ride Oregon partnered with Path Less Pedaled to create a series of short, inspirational videos featuring our Oregon Scenic Bikeways. For each video, we sent a small group of cyclists out to experience our Scenic Bikeways and the towns they pass through. Scenic Bikeways are more than just bike rides; these routes, suggested by local proponents, offer a chance to experience community and beauty all across Oregon.

The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway is a beautiful 37-mile ride through Central Oregon, starting in the small Western town of Sisters and ending at Smith Rock State Park outside Terrebonne. On it, you’ll take in views of the Deschutes River, the Cascade Mountains and Smith Rock.

Though there are plenty of worthy sites and restaurants along the Bikeway (just check out the resources on the map above!), here’s the itinerary our  Ride Oregon and Path Less Pedaled team followed:

Start

The bikeway’s starting point is the Sisters Creekside Campground in Sisters. There’s a public parking area, a restroom and running water for day-trippers. If you don’t want to ride the bikeway there and back, park a SAG vehicle at Smith Rock State Park. And if you decide to stay the night and get riding in the morning, this campground offers a hiker-biker area (including shower access!) for just five bucks a night.

On your way out of town, don’t miss grabbing a cup of joe from Sisters Coffee Company. Just a few blocks from the campground, this great local roaster is a popular gathering place for town residents. Call it fuel for the journey!

Three Creeks Brewing Company in Sisters is another great spot to hit for a warm meal or a cold brew, depending on the time of day — but we won’t tell if it’s not five o’clock yet. This cozy up-and-coming brewpub is a mile from the start location on the McKenzie Highway, but we think it’s worth the detour.

Once you’re all grubbed up, enjoy the ride! Central Oregon high desert is one of the prettiest landscapes in the country.

As you pull into Terrebonne, the small town just before the state park, we won’t blame you if you’re ready for a breather… and a glass of Frontenac. Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyard grows nine varieties of hybrid grapes and turns them into delicious wines, and it’s located right on the bikeway route.

Since, 28 miles in, you’ve probably also worked up an appetite that grape juice alone can’t satisfy, hop back on the bikeway and stop for a meal a few blocks later at Terrebonne Depot, a full-service New American-cuisine restaurant located inside a historic train depot.

Finally, ride the last 10 miles into the famous Smith Rock State Park, where the Crooked River winds past tuff and basalt formations. Here, you can tackle a bouldering problem, hike, dip your feet in the river, or just take in the scenery.

End

Finish your trip by jumping in the vehicle you left, or turn around to make your journey an out-and-back. If you want to extend your stay, the state park offers bivouac camping with restrooms and showers.

Read more about our Scenic Bikeways program, or find more rides in Central Oregon.

Did you know that Smith Rock is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon? See one – or better yet, see them all.

Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway

Photo courtesy of Path Less Pedaled

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