Just a 30-minute drive from shopping, nightlife and entertainment in downtown Bend, residents of La Pine also enjoy some of the area’s best outdoor recreation right in their own backyards. This quiet, small town is cradled amid the Deschutes National Forest, which is home to a plethora of stunning mountain lakes and miles and miles of trails. The area is truly a haven for pawsome recreation! La Pine also has a veterinary clinic to help your pooch stay healthy!
You and your furry friend can access the scenic Little Deschutes River that runs through La Pine at the town’s Leona Park. Whether you and Fido like to canoe, SUP, or kayak down the river, this is a furrific spot to put in right in town! Leona Park is an undeveloped park, but there’s lots of trees and vegetation, making it a beautiful natural spot to check out with your four-legged friend.
Frontier Heritage Park is another woofderful place to visit with your leashed pup! In the heart of La Pine, this green space often plays host to community events throughout the year. This furrific gathering place has plenty of picnic tables, lots of grass, mature trees, a playground and restrooms.
With a puptastic array of activities and its close proximity to Bend, La Pine gets two paws up!
Looking for a pawsitively great park to visit with your leashed pup? Check out the Finley Butte Park in La Pine’s Shaw Park neighborhood! At 10 acres, this community park has lots of room to romp and play with your furry pal. There’s lots of trees and grass where your pup can sniff around for pesky squirrels and chipmunks. There are also picnic tables where you and your four-legged friend can enjoy a snack together or some quiet relaxation. Bring the kiddos along too and let them go bananas on the playground! Finley Butte Park also has restrooms and athletic fields.
Get ready for a pawsome off-leash adventure in the North La Pine neighborhood! This area is home to the scenic La Pine State Park, a haven for fur-iendly recreation! Your pup is welcome to romp off-leash with you on all 13 miles of trails that wind through this gorgeous park that is also the home of Oregon’s largest Ponderosa pine. The state recreation area also has fur-iendly campsites and log cabins available if you and Fido want to spend the night! Best of all, La Pine State Park has a fully fenced-in off-leash exercise area in case your pup needs boundaries, or just likes to socialize with new furry friends.
With its low population density, the East La Pine neighborhood is a furrific place to spend time with your pooch without the crowds! This area is where you’ll find some of the most puptacular hiking on the Deschutes National Forest! You and your dog will love the sights and sounds of the particularly pawsome 5.1-mile Peter Skene Ogden Trail. Located next to the Ogden Group Campground, this out-and-back trail winds along Paulina Creek, so the scenery is especially beautiful throughout the hike. There’s even waterfalls along the way! Your pup is allowed off-leash on the trail, so long as he or she stays under voice control and within sight. After your hike, check out the nearby Paulina Lake and East Lake. Leashed dogs are welcome along the stunning shorelines of these sparkling, clear water lakes. It’s a pawpular place for canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding, plus there’s swimming areas where you and Fido can cool off on warm days.
Leash up your pup and visit one of the most dog-friendly neighborhoods around in Sunriver! About 16 miles north of La Pine, this community’s namesake neighborhood has a ton of things to do with your furry friend by your side! For a furrific walk, hit the 33-mile Sunriver Pathway! This paved multiuse trail makes several loops through this idyllic community’s wooded pockets and residential areas, providing you and your leashed dog with ample scenery as you get some exercise! The path also has doggie waste stations, interpretive signs, maps, restrooms and even Wi-Fi hotspots along the way! You and your pup can also access Sunriver’s pawsome parks, Paulina Park and Fort Rock Park on the trail!
If you and your pup love to log miles on the trail, check out the North Sunriver neighborhood, about 16 miles from La Pine! Clip on your pooch’s leash and hop on the Sun Lava Path! This six-mile paved trail meanders through the Deschutes National Forest to the Lava Lands Visitor Center, where you and your pup can get the scoop on the area’s Newberry National Volcanic Monument. You and your dog can also check out the Benham Falls Day Use Area on the trail. Note that because this pathway is asphalt, it can become especially warm in the summer. It’s a good idea to plan your excursion in the early morning so your pup’s paws don’t get toasted! For a dirt trail with a few more trees in some stretches, check out the parallel Deschutes River Trail that leaves from the same Sunriver trailhead on West Cascade Road.