SmithRock.com is an owner-run resource for people wanting to visit Smith Rock State Park, and pitches itself as, “an independent online guide for adventurers” that want to explore the park. For productions thinking of shooting at the Smith Rock State Park, you must first contact the park manager (at 541-548-7501) for all permit requests and questions about filming in the 650 acres that make up the park.
Marcia and Mike Volk are the husband and wife team behind SmithRock.com. They started their business 20 years ago offering resources for rock climbers and have since expanded the site to the “250+ pages it is today, with the goal to “edutain” their audience of 69,000 page views per month to give them a greater appreciation for this special place to keep it intact for generations to come.“
The Volks now own property directly across the street from the main fee station at Smith Rock State Park and they frequently rent their property as a staging site for photographers and small film crews who need to leave a vehicle overnight.
Marcia Volk describes herself as someone who has a “passion to connect people with valued content that started with a childhood love of film and writing, then on to journalism and film school in college, adding a business degree that gave me the edge to get into Hollywood commercial film production. After honing my skills with the art of telling a story in 30 seconds, I went on to manage the production of other stories, from long-format video to online media as the business of interactive communication grew. I now own and create the content for SmithRock.com, an independent online guide for 900,000 adventurers each year to Smith Rock State Park in Oregon.” The Volks also operate an Airbnb on their property for overnight guests.
For help scouting other locations in Central Oregon, another helpful resource is the Central Oregon Film Office .