Farewell Bend Park
A Bend Park Along the Deschutes River
Farewell Bend is one of the city’s most popular parks, and with good reason. Located right along the Deschutes River near the base of the Bill Healy Memorial Bridge on Reed Market Road, the park beckons all to enjoy the sights and sounds. Walkers, runners, and hikers can take advantage of the Deschutes River Trail, which runs the length of the park and connects the park to the Old Mill District to the northeast, to Riverbend Park across the river, and to the South Canyon Bridge to the south. Farewell Bend Park also features a boat launch, making it a popular launching location for float trips on the river. A gently sloped “beach” area attracts those who want to wade or swim in the relatively calm stretch of the river. The park’s natural marsh area is an ideal place to bird watch and interpretive signage encourages visitors to learn more about the area. In the center of the park, a playground featuring a “lumber mill” theme pays homage to the area’s former industry and is popular with children and families. A large picnic shelter with a capacity of 36 can be reserved for private parties and there are also two smaller shelters that accommodate four people each.
Hiking Deschutes River Trail Loop
Distance: 3 miles
Begin your hike at Farewell Bend Park located at the Bill Healy Bridge on Reed Market Rd. Park and follow the river trail under the bridge to your left. There are wonderful forest and river views.