The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway provides riders with one of the most scenic and rewarding rides in Central Oregon. Starting in the "Old West" town of Sisters and ending at Smith Rock State Park outside the small town of Terrebonne, this route takes riders past a variety of historical sites, shows the gentle curves of the Deschutes River and frames spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains, ending with the dramatic walls of Smith Rock State Park. Smith Rock, with the Crooked River winding at its base, is the result of eroded volcanoes that left multicolored formations that tower above the valley floor. It is a great place to watch rock-climbers from all over the world tackle the park's thousands of ascent routes.
The ride route features varied, rolling terrain, although it is generally downhill from Sisters. This is a ride that a broad range of cyclists will find enjoyable. Both the start and finish points are public parks, each with parking, enclosed restroom facilities and drinking water (throughout the summer and early fall).
The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway is a perfect route for a single-day, point-to-point ride if a group can position support vehicles at each end. At less than 35 miles one-way and with no major climbs, riders can also make a round-trip of it in a single day, taking in the great views from both directions.