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The small Oregon State University-Cascades has a brand-new campus near Riverside Park and the Deschutes River Trail through Bend. Several other trails lead through town and Shevlin Park and connect with trails on national forest lands. Outside town, the Three Sisters, Mount Washington and Mount Jefferson wildernesses and Smith Rock State Park are easy to reach, while Crater Lake National Park and Mount Hood are good weekend getaways.