By Greg Johnson, travel writer
Shevlin Park is ideal for hiking, nature walking, picnicking and views of scenic Tumalo Creek.
The 652-acre park, located just four miles from downtown Bend, features several trails as well as three developed picnic sites.
The scenic Shevlin Park Loop Trail crosses one of several foot bridges over the scenic Tumalo Creek, views of the creek, surrounding vegetation and high desert landscape. On the return trip, take the Tumalo Creek Trail or explore the Shevlin Conservation Easement, a 44-acre section added to the east side of the park in 2002. It is popular with hikers, joggers and mountain bikers.
Wildlife includes woodpeckers, Northern goshawk, norther pygmy-owl, red-naped sapsuckers, warblers, black-headed grosbeak and even a rare peregrine falcon.
The park is located at 18920 NW Shevlin Park Road. For information, contact the Bend Park and Recreation District at (541) 389-7275 or go to https://www.bendparksandrec.org/