A visit to LaPine State Park means you’ll be surrounded by, you guessed it, lots and lots of pines. The park’s 2,000+ acres of subalpine forests are nestled next to the swift-moving Upper Deschutes and Falls rivers. Hike LaPine’s 10 miles of trails, and be sure to make a pit stop at “The Big Tree,” a monstrous 191-foot tall Ponderosa pine--the largest in Oregon.
Spend the night in a tent or cabin and then spend the day on the river, swimming, canoeing, or fishing for trout (this park boasts some of the best fly fishing spots in the state). If you get tuckered out by LaPine’s endless activities, just pop a squat on the riverbank and take in the incredible view of the surrounding Cascade Mountains. Things don’t slow down in the winter, either; the park’s roads are maintained during the cold months so you can enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in a thick layer of the powdery white stuff.
Grab a spot in the North loop, especially if you are in a tent. The sites there are larger with lots of trees for privacy. Plus this is the only loop without full hookups so there will be fewer noisy RVs.