A Bend Park Along the Deschutes River

Farewell Bend Park

Contact

541.389.7275

Address

1000 SW Reed Market Rd, Bend, OR 97702
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Amenities

  • ADA Accessible
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

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

Difficulty: Easy
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.

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Family Summer Fun at the Old Mill District

Kick off your day of play with a walk along the river and a little friendly competition to see how many bird species you can find…hint; there are a LOT! Bird peeping is hungry work so take your appetites to kid-pleasing Red Robin for lunch (we won’t judge if you count that as one of your birds) and snag a patio table because watching paddlers on the river and gawking at the mountain views is free entertainment that never gets old. Next up, a post-lunch pedal sesh around the Old Mill District’s gorgeous grounds on surrey bikes from Wheel Fun, with a stop at Farewell Bend Park to let the littles burn off some extra energy at the frontier-themed playground. Wrap up the day on a sweet note at Ben & Jerry’s, because everything is better with ice cream…and family.

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