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New bridge at Smith Rock is open

The new, wider pedestrian bridge at Smith Rock is now open, and visitors can once again access popular trails and climbing areas on the other side of the Crooked River.

The new pedestrian bridge measures eight feet wide and better accommodates lifesaving equipment used during the frequent rescue operations at the park. The old bridge was built nearly 50 years ago and had significant wear and needed replacing.

"Smith Rock State Park is thrilled to have a beautiful footbridge that will increase safety and serve the public well into the future. The new bridge will accommodate the increased visitation by allowing for two-way traffic across the river, and it will continue to provide critical access to the park's main climbing and hiking areas for many years to come," said Park Manager Matt


Visitors can now access the hiking trails and climbing areas that were closed during construction including: River Trail, Misery Ridge, Mesa Verde, Summit Trail, Wolftree Trail, and Burma Road Trail.

Access was closed for nearly eight weeks as crews worked hard to remove the old bridge and build the new one in a complicated environment that included sensitive habitat and protected species as well as large equipment in a narrow canyon.

"Thanks for everyone's patience during this complex project. The contractor did an excellent job under very challenging conditions,": Davey said. "Restoration work will continue near the footbridge over the next couple of weeks, so expect to see contractors continuing work in the area. Please be considerate when passing through."


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