What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you’re planning your next trip in your Newmar? Is budget a major concern, or are you worried that you might choose a boring destination for your stay? When you own a Newmar, these questions never cross your mind.
Newmar owners have the opportunity to enjoy a huge range of indoor and outdoor diversions all over the country, but hiking is the one thing you should put at the top of your to-do list. Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the USA, and as a result, there are over 100,000 miles of trails meandering all over the country. Of these, the Deschutes River Trail is one of America’s most enjoyable hikes near Bend, Oregon, and Crown Villa RV Resort is the best place to stay if you want to make the most of it.
The Deschutes River Trail winds for 12.5 miles along the Deschutes River and begins at the Old Mill District in Bend, about 3 miles from Crown Villa RV Resort. You’ll find plenty of places to park your RV here while you’re out and about.
The Old Mill Reach is a portion of five reaches falling under the auspices of the Bend Park and Recreation District. In the future, all these will form one cohesive whole for exploring the lovely semi-urban landscapes in the area.
At first, the trail starts off as a busy paved path which is popular with parents taking their youngsters for a stroll. As soon as you reach the first bridge, everything changes.
The trail turns to dirt, winding upstream among the sagebrush and pine-forested shores of the river alongside the steep canyon walls. Despite the occasional glimpse of nearby hillside condos poking through the trees above the river, you’ll never know that you’re on the verges of the city.
Just before the 2-mile mark you’ll reach the so-called turnaround point, but the enjoyment’s far from over when you get here. This pedestrian bridge takes you to the other side of the river, where the real challenge begins.
At this point, the trail is mostly uphill, climbing to an elevation of 50 ft.
Shortly afterward, you’ll walk along a short boardwalk past an amazingly concealed underground hydro-electric plant that blends right in with the natural surroundings. This short, enjoyable route is perfect for hiking with dogs too.
It’s important to explore beyond the Old Mill Reach if you want to make the most of the Deschutes River Trail system.
This area is the gateway to the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail which means incredible bird sightings to tick off your list. Some of the species you can hope to encounter here include the yellow-headed blackbird, western meadowlark, great horned owl, western screech owl, and the bald eagle.
This northernmost portion of the trail commences at Kirkaldy Court off Putnam Road. It’s built on the old Tumalo irrigation canal and offers a few small hills to keep you on your toes.
About halfway along, you’ll get to enjoy the dramatic sight of the river plunging into a deep canyon, although the trail continues high on the canyon wall offering spectacular views of the Three Sisters. After a steep climb up the Archie Briggs Canyon, you’ll find yourself back at Mt. Washington Drive in town.
This popular portion of the trail continues along the Tumalo canal, passing through the River’s Edge golf course.
You’ll also get to see beautiful wetlands filled with trumpeter swans, beavers, otters, and songbirds. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see an osprey stalking fish.
Drake Park is one of the highlights along the way, and you’ll finally come to the end of the road at McKay Park.
Like the Old Mill Reach, South Canyon Reach spreads out on either side of the river connected by a footbridge. Here, the river races through a lovely part of the canyon, bubbling over logs and rocks.
The trail on the east side features narrow, rocky portions, while the west side offers easier-going on improved surfaces. To the south, the trail runs on the gravel ditch road above the river.
With all these options to choose from, you can take part in short enjoyable hikes every day during your stay at Crown Villa RV Resort.
The Deschutes River Trail is only one RV accessible hiking destination close to this pristine RV campground in Bend, Oregon. You’ll also have easy access to the popular Farewell Bend and Green Lakes hiking trails from here.
The campsites are spacious and well-kept with a choice between paving or grass and full hookups. Onsite facilities include Wi-Fi, a laundry, restrooms with hot water showers, a hot tub, and a rec hall.
Other things to enjoy nearby include fishing, mountain biking, boating, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and snow sports in winter. If you decide to embark on onward travel, you’ll also find some more of the region’s travel gems within a few hours’ drive.
It’s clear that Crown Villa RV Resort is a top choice for those wanting to explore RV accessible hiking destinations in Oregon. Yet hiking is just one of the wonderful things you can enjoy while vacationing in your RV.
You can try out top golf courses, state parks, and beach destinations in your trusty RV. Keep reading our blog for more of the best information on where to go to make the most of your RV vacations.