Residents of central Oregon have access to several levels of formally designated parks. There are seemingly endless opportunities for recreation in the mountains, forests, and wilderness areas in and around the area.
Most of the incorporated cities in central Oregon have at least one municipal park that they maintain. The exception is Prineville, which
Oregon has quite a few State Parks and those listed below are specific to the central Oregon area. The interactive map on the Oregon State Parks website can lead you to them and others throughout the state as can the Parks Guide.
Oregon has a number of roads that have been recognized as scenic byways and there are a few that are within or close to central Oregon. Most are designated by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration, however, the Journey Through Time Byway falls under the auspices of the Forest Service. The Oregon Scenic Byway Official Driving Guide has details on all of the designated scenic byways within the State.
The U.S. Dept. of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management manages public lands throughout the country. Below are some of the areas and sites in and around central Oregon.
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - Forrest Service manages the country's National Forests and some of the sites within them. Central Oregon is home to both the Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests and the Mt. Hood, Willamette, Fremont-Winema, Malheur, and
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