No, we’re not asking you to say goodbye to Bend and its parks. This quaint park is located at a bend in the river where early settlers would say farewell to the Snake River, and the name stuck. Today, this park is yet another riverside park filled with walking trails, picnic pavilions, fun things to do in Bend Oregon, and a children’s park that has a unique theme, but this was also the spot where Native Americans fought with the travelers making their way across the state in search of their next hometown. The history alone makes this park a special one, but as always, there’s something even better on its grounds!
Part of the Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail isn’t just a game that was created to teach the history of our state; it really was an example of the toughness of our early ancestors. Led west by the promises of new beginnings in fertile farmlands, the pioneers faced dangers and deprivation at every turn along the 2000 mile long trail. Today, a covered wagon that has been completely renovated serves as the entrance to Farewell Bend Park, a symbol of how far we have come over the last 200 years.
The Deschutes River runs through this historic park, creating a serene landscape that offers the perfect family photo opportunity. The Bill Healy Memorial Bridge allows your entire family to stand together with lush trees at your back and the river running under it. Families with young children will want to bring them here to play at the lumber mill themed playground located in the middle of the park. Don’t worry, we promise there aren’t any sharp saws that could cause injury to your kids; it’s all make believe!
Hikers, bikers, and joggers will appreciate the scenic views that surround them as they travel along the Deschutes River Trail where, on quiet days, you can almost imagine you hear the sounds of those early pioneers chatting as they go about their chores before settling down under the stars to dream about the new life they have struggled so hard to earn.
You will see many historical markers, each of them with information about the area. You may also see deer, pronghorns, quail and chukar partridges.
There are several natural marshes at the park. People who enjoy floating on the river often launch their crafts from this popular city attraction. There are a couple of viewing areas in the park.
Directions and Hours
Farewell Bend Park is located at 1000 Southwest Reed Market Road, Bend, OR 97702. There is a free parking lot and the park is open from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. There is an RV and tent campsite in the area. To get there from US 97 S take the Reed Market Road exit or go to North Alderwood Rd. Follow Alderwood Rd to Cedarwood Rd. You will know you are there when you see a covered wagon.
The History of Bend
Bend, Oregon is a town with a rich and colorful history, making it a prime vacation area. Enjoy long days spent exploring the very paths our American pioneers walked upon, before coming “home” to your luxury Bend Vacation Rentals cozy condo. Reserve yours today and start planning for the vacation that could possibly change your life!
Things to Do Nearby
There are so many fun things to do in Bend Oregon for tourist to do. Once you have hiked around Farewell Bend Park, you are certain to be hungry. There are several great restaurants in the area.
Chans Chinese Restaurant
This neighborhood staple is located at 105 SE 3rd St, Bend, OR 97702 and offers the kind of unpretentious Chinese food you remember from when you were a kid. Be sure to try the light and crunchy vegetable spring rolls or the spicy eggplant in garlic sauce. The fried rice is wonderfully greasy, salty and seasoned to perfection. You won’t want to pass up the banana spring rolls or the fried pineapple with ice cream for dessert.
The High Desert Museum
This fabulous education center near Farewell Bend Park cannot be missed when you visit the Bend area. Here you will learn the history of Bend as well as the high desert area. You will meet and learn about a lot of different animals. The educated staff often gives lectures and presentations about the animals. You will be able to see how settlers lived and you may meet an actor dressed as a settler. There are many hiking trails around the grounds, and they are all easy to moderate hikes.
Bend is famous for its bike paths and people ride their bikes year-round. There are many trails with trailheads right near the city where you can peddle up to a stunning view.
Whether you’re in town to host your wedding, a getaway with friends or to enjoy a romantic honeymoon, you will find there are plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy. Contact us to learn more about fun things to do in Bend, Oregon and to book your rental today!