Green Friday Means Free Parking

Chloe Smith on Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State ParkWork off that turkey the day after Thanksgiving with a hike on Smith Rock’s trails instead of the mall.

And do it for free thanks to Green Friday.

For the second successive year, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive day-use parking fees at the 26 state parks the charge them on November 25.

The fee stations will be covered up, so if you really want to pay, send them a donation.

We applaud the trend started by REI with their “Opt Outside” campaign to reverse the burst of consumerism that traditionally marks the start of our holiday season. 

Ranger Josie is Now Permanent

Last January we gave you welcomed Smith Rock State Park’s first female ranger, Josie Barnum.

We’re happy to say that Josie is now permanently attached to the park. And that’s a great thing for Smith. Her amazing dedication and love of the park can be felt in each maintained trail you take. 

Meet her now if you haven’t had yet and be sure to thank her next time she flies by to fix that staircase or move a boulder off the trail!

County OK With Wilcox Spillover Parking. For now.

Part of a larger proposal that included stretches of the Cascade Lakes Highway and South Century Drive, they declined the ban for 2017. It would have needed a formal vote to actually be implemented.

no Crooked River Dr parking at Smith Rock State ParkBack in October of 2015, these same commissioners took away 97 overflow parking spots on the west side of Crooked River Drive. They cited both safety concerns and road damage from cars that straddled the edge of the road and the shoulder.