Terwilliger Hot Springs

Terwilliger Hot Springs, Blue River: Address, Phone Number, Terwilliger Hot Springs Reviews: 4.5/5

Terwilliger Hot Springs
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Water emanates from a natural rock formation to fill these six hot springs pools, with temperatures of about 105 degrees.
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searching4sasquatch
World53 contributions
One of the best natural hot springs in the west; avoid weekends and holidays.
Jun. 2020
A really special and unique place in the Oregon mountains. Make sure to verify roads and springs are open for use before you go and bring cash in small bills to pay the entry fee. If the attendant isn't there, there's a drop box. Some of the best natural hot springs in the area, but can be heavy-traffic on weekends and holidays. Go during the week or earlier in the morning for a quieter experience. There are multiple pools of progressively lower temperatures as the water descends from the source. Expect a diverse spectrum of visitors of all ages and philosopies. Many choose to soak without suits--it's more comfortable, and practical: less gear to bring, no need to change, and no wet clothes to pack out. It's only awkward if you make it awkward. Give it a try and you'll probably find it easy to relax and enjoy the peaceful ambience.
Written May 30, 2021
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garyb
Gig Harbor, WA50 contributions
Well built hot spring pools
Sep. 2020
The Forest Service has built up an excellent set of hot springs pools with eco toilets, viewing/changing open deck, great trail and a short hike. Currently $7 and there could be a wait line to enter and covid people limits. Need to step on large stable rocks to get in and from pool to pool. The pools have very clean water with a bit of sulfur smell. The top pool is hot over 100 degrees and the temperature moderates in the lower tiering of pools. Semi secure staff operation and most people wear swimwear and few people are nude (usually the ones you don't want to see nude). Can get crowded fast in the afternoons, weekends, summer. A few mom's will bring their kids, which detracts from a good adult environment.
Written November 7, 2020
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Vicki K
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Extremely Cool Drive
Nov. 2019 • Family
The most impressive part of this trip was the drive to it. Lots of winding roads thru a beautiful gorge. The springs cost $7 a person, most people wore bathing suits with a few seemingly harmless naked old men. The area was clearly once breathtaking but forest fires have badly scarred the area. The pools appeared clean until I got it. They are filled with white slimy pieces likely a result of too much human activity. My belly and back developed a rash the next day.
Written November 9, 2019
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Forrest
Eugene, OR1 contribution
A Worthwhile Visit If One Knows What To Expect
Nov. 2019
REASONS TO LIKE THIS PLACE:
Freedom to soak in a natural, relatively bucolic clothing-optional setting
Easily accessible for most and open year-round
Clean, silt-free pools and minimal sulfur smell
Therapeutic water hot enough for most people (top pool at least)
Social, communal vibe
Opportunity to meet people from across the nation and abroad in a relaxed setting
Soak feels sublime after a day of hiking, skiing, or mountain biking
Generally safe, friendly, and welcoming environment for all

REASONS FOR STAYING AWAY:
Public nudity and/or mixed-gender use offends you or makes you uncomfortable
No private changing rooms
Lack of solitude—expect company regardless of when you visit
Being unwillingly privy to conversations and language you may not want to hear
Not particularly family-friendly
You don’t want to see, smell, or hear people talk about marijuana
You are averse to the hippie or counter-culture crowd
Inevitability of someone disrespectfully ignoring the posted rules/regs

Last visited Nov. 5th. Been to Terwilliger a handful of times within the past several years. Strongly recommend avoiding the busy summer (tourist) season. Visit on weekday, if possible, as parking space is limited. The $7 per person fee is, IMO, very reasonable and goes to keeping the place clean and safe. Note that the “vibe” can change from day-to-day, which can positively or negatively influence one's visit. All things considered, this is a safe environment that attracts single men, single women, couples, families, groups, and people of all ages (though mostly adult) and from all walks of life. There are the occasional reports of creepy or overtly inappropriate behavior, but I think such incidents are rare, and I haven't witnessed any lewd activity myself.
Written November 6, 2019
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Monica d
Canberra, Australia17 contributions
Not my cup of tea
Oct. 2019
It was interesting to soak in a natural hot springs but the mixed sex nudity was a bit full on for me (I’m used to the onsen in Japan which are segregated into men’s/women’s nude areas). The toilets and paths were also really muddy and the presence of a large artificial dam nearby meant the area wasn’t as pristine as expected. Afterwards we went nearby to Belknap hot springs. I liked Belknap a lot more as it consisted of a much larger pool which, while not as ‘el naturale’ as Terwilliger, was cleaner and had a beautiful crystal clear river flowing beside it.
Written October 25, 2019
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Barbara A
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Cute place, A bit slippery
Aug. 2019
I went here on an August day trip with my family. It’s a lovely 2 hours or so from Portland on a drive surrounded by nature. Quite a beautiful drive. Once we arrived, we parked on the roadside “lot” and got changed into our swimwear in the restroom. There are no lockers by the hot springs so I recommend leaving valuables in the car and just bring the necessities. We then began our about 10 minute hike/walk to the hot springs. Easy hike, slightly uphill through a forest. We went on a VERY hot day, so by the time we got to the hot springs, I was already quite warm. We left our stuff in a little covered seating area and headed down the wooden steps to the pools. Once you’re down by the pools, the rocks are very slippery. I highly recommend bringing water shoes. This will help with traction, and to not step on rocks or twigs. I recommend doing this on a cooler day, because the water is HOT! Even in the coolest pool, its very very warm. Don’t go on a 90 degree day like I did lol, because you wont be able to stand it very long. It was beautiful though.
Written October 8, 2019
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Millie D
West Palm Beach, FL31 contributions
May not be back open yet!
Sep. 2018
Love this place. Super rustic, nice people, beautiful hot springs! Short hike from the parking area. You shouldn't miss this one. It has been closed so check to make sure the repairs are done.
Written August 7, 2019
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Evan N
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The Springs are open again and more imroved then ever.
Aug. 2019 • Solo
Great place to spend the day chill meet new friends and meditate. However please exercise caution in the upper pool as it can be very HOT I left with second degree burns and massive blisters after being there a few hours, even though I got out regularly.
Written August 2, 2019
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Victoria A
Los Angeles, California, United States3 contributions
Very nice in cold weather!
Mar. 2018
The upper pools are very crowded since they are the hottest, so we tried to go to the lowest one (which was empty), but it was freezing cold ;( Good experience nonetheless!
Written February 12, 2019
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lastduchess2018
Santa Clarita, CA3 contributions
Disappointed
Aug. 2018 • Family
I was so looking forward to going to this hotspring based on everyone's review,and the cool awesome youtube videos, but I was so disappointed by how small and crowded it was. I couldn't stay more than 10 mins, because I simply couldn't find a place to stay or soak. My daughter who loves water, wanted to leave too. The drive was a real treat, I stopped to take many photos. It is just breathtaking. The trail was also nice but not the hotspring. Careful of the sharp rocks. I hurt myself getting in and out.
Written August 27, 2018
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