About Tumalo Oregon
Tumalo, Oregon is a small Central Oregon community next to US Route 20 and the Deschutes River. In this post, we’ll share why you should visit Tumalo, best things to do, where to eat, and where to stay.
Tumalo to Bend Oregon – Tumalo is conveniently located about 7 miles North of Bend. It’s actually between Bend and Sisters, with Eagle Crest Resort nearby as well.
Updated: September 2022. Originally published: Oct 2019.
Restaurants in Tumalo may be few, but they’re worth a visit. Read on to find out where to eat in Tumalo.
The Bite: Tumalo Food Cart Pod
There are actually two food truck pods in Tumalo. The larger one, known as The Bite, has its own covered beer house as well as outdoor seating area.
Read more here: The Bite Tumalo food carts review
Tumalo Coffee House
Tumalo Coffee House is a definite favorite, not only for coffee but delicious breakfast and lunch items, pastries, and other treats.
Read more here: Tumalo Coffee House
Tumalo Cider Co
The new Tumalo Cider Co brews and serves small batch artisan ciders next to Heritage Brand, a leather goods shop.
Farmer John’s Produce Stand
Farmer John’s is tiny place with a selection of organic produce and meat, along with freshly made sandwiches, soups, and treats from Village Baker.
Pisano’s Wood Fired Pizza
Serving wood fired pizzas with fresh local ingredients, handmade sauce, dough and cheese.
Tumalo Steak House Restaurant
Serving steaks, seafood, cocktails, beer on tap with a Western ambiance.
Tumalo Country Store
More then just a convenience store, stop in to this family-run 100 year-old shop for a fountain soda, hot coffee, cold or hot deli items, and of course typical grocery convenience items.
Things to Do In Tumalo
Like the rest of Central Oregon, Tumalo is a great base for outdoor adventures.
Floating the River from Tumalo
Floating the river is one of our favorite things to do in Central Oregon. While most of the crowds are tubing in Bend, we’ve found that floating in Tumalo can be just as interesting.
Tumalo State Park
Tumalo State Park is a short drive from town, situated along the Deschutes River. It has picnic areas, hiking trails, playground, fishing, and swimming. Across the road is the campground.
The park is open year round. Note that there is a day use fee.
Hiking Near Tumalo
The 2.4 mile Tumalo segment of the 12-mile Deschutes River Trail is accessible from Tumalo State Park.
Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint is a short drive away. You can drive to the summit in the summer, or hike up one of its trails all year.
Note that the Tumalo Falls Hike (Tumalo Creek Trail) is not actually located in Tumalo. It is a 15 mile drive away, through Bend. Learn more about hiking Tumalo Falls here.
Visit Rareloom Farm
Rareloom Farm is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of rare and heirloom fruits and vegetables, heritage breed animals, and organic, sustainable practices. Shop from the nursery, pick your own veggies, or attend a special event.
Where to stay in Tumalo, OR
Tumalo State Park Campground offers year-round campsites. There are 23 full-hookup sites (sewer, electricity, water), 54 tent campsites, 7 yurts for rent (two pet-friendly), 2 seasonal group camping areas, and a seasonal hiker/biker camp. The park has flush toilets and sells firewood and ice for campers.