Directions: From Bend, take U.S. Highway 97 south. A few miles before reaching the town of La Pine, turn right onto State Recreation Road. Follow the road for about 3 miles to the park (about a half-hour from Bend)

Distance: The park has about 15 miles of singletrack. Loops range from 1 to 5 miles but can be linked for longer hikes or rides

Rating: Aerobically easy and technically easy

Trail features: Rolling singletrack through a scenic section of the Deschutes National Forest along the Upper Deschutes and Fall rivers

La Pine State Park, which covers more than 2,000 acres in southwest Deschutes County, is no secret to local outdoors enthusiasts — yet it seems to hold many secrets in its towering ponderosa pines and picturesque rivers. Perhaps one well-kept secret is its sprawling network of singletrack. The 15 miles of trails that wind through the park are shared by hikers, bikers and equestrians and are perfect for all levels of hikers and bikers. The flat, nontechnical nature of the trails makes La Pine State Park an ideal place for family bike rides or hikes with the kids.

— Mark Morical, The Bulletin

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