A runner strides out along the Larkspur Trail in Bend.

Larkspur Trail — The nearly 4-mile trail through the Larkspur neighborhood in Bend is mostly off-street and a mix of paved and unpaved sections. Running from the Historic Canal Trail along Reed Market Road to Pilot Butte State Park, the trail winds past various residential areas as well as the recently opened Larkspur Community Center (formally known as the Bend Senior Center) and the open canal where walkers and bikers can view wildlife and native plants in all their splendor.

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A young biker makes their way up a hill at Rockridge Park.

Rockridge Park — The 36.6 acre neighborhood park near Sky View Middle School offers a variety of recreation options. With mixes of nature paths both paved and unpaved, skate park, disc golf course, bike skills course, playground and picnic shelter, anyone can find their moment of outdoor fun.

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Merri Jolma of Bend runs down a section of the Shevlin Loop Trail while exercising in July 2020 in Shevlin Park.

Shevlin Park — It’s great to visit this nearly 100-acre park in the northwest reaches of Bend every season to truly enjoy it for all it has to offer. With 23 miles of hiking and biking trails winding throughout the park, it’s easy to find your own secluded spot. The easy loop trail along Tumalo Creek is stunning this time of year with plants springing back to their full verdant form after a long winter.

— Makenzie Whittle, The Bulletin

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