I am going to be driving through the area for a partial day/night, and wanted to know about camping in the Bend area. Someone suggested Smith Rock SP and said they have walk-in tent sites...is this true? What advice would you have for getting one of those sites? I've never done walk-in camping before. I'll be arriving by car from the north (coming from Mt. Hood).
Also, curious as to thoughts about hiking in that park. I looked on a few sites with trail details, one of them said I needed a state park permit? Does that just mean I'll pay a fee upon entry? (I haven't been to many state parks so far in life.)