Named for a scenic river, Metolius is tucked between some of the region’s most idyllic outdoor destinations.

Head west to Lake Billy Chinook, where three rivers converge, or try to find the mysterious balancing rocks along the Deschutes. To the east are the Ochocos, where hikers and mountain bikers spend their days exploring. After a long adventure, this peaceful town is the perfect place to recharge.

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  • Grant’s Getaways: Metolius River

    Oregon's rivers fascinate us! They offer cool, restful moments along their shady shorelines and that's the basis for this week's Grant's Getaways. This week, I travel to Central Oregon to visit a river that has...
  • Picnic with the Best Views in Central Oregon

    Whether it’s a simple sandwich or salad or the fanciest charcuterie board, packing a picnic is a relatively easy way to inspire even more delight on any Oregon road trip. Especially during spring and summer...
  • The Oregon HooDoos

    What is it about Oregon’s rivers? There is nothing like a cool, restful moment along the shady shoreline of a Oregon river. That sentiment is shared for an exciting outdoor adventure, fishing or paddling along one of...
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What’s the best hiking trail near Madras?

I suggest the 7-mile Tam-a-láu Trail loop hike near Lake Billy Chinook. It features a mile-long climb to the top of a lava plateau called the Peninsula, which separates the Deschutes River and Crooked River arms of Lake Billy Chinook. Hikers are treated to bird’s-eye views of the reservoir and the dramatic cliffs and plateaus that line…

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