Terwilliger Hot Springs



Terwilliger Hot Springs is one of Oregon’s Best Hot Springs

Terwilliger Hot Springs (Also known as Cougar Hot Springs) is one of those places that you hate to tell others about.  You like it so much that you want to keep it a secret from the rest of the world.

Simply put, this is a magical spot hidden within this super-natural forest.  (I say supernatural not because it is un-natural, but it is the pinnacle of what we would imagine a pristine forest to be.  It is that lush forest that we might see on an exotic movie set.

Terwilliger Hot Springs are a fantastic place to soak away anxiety and stress that you may have brought with you from the city.  It is also a great place to relax after a long hike, mountain bike ride or a day of skiing at Hoodoo.

The hot springs emerge from a small cave (you can climb into it) and flows out into 5 cascading pools.  As the water flows down into the lower pools the temperature gets a little cooler.


Open year round from dawn to dusk.


As you pass the reservoir on your left take a moment to enjoy the sweeping views.  You should see a small shack/kiosk on the right and a parking area on the left.  (Terwilliger Hot Springs is about an hour from Eugene and 90 minutes from Bend)

Park in the lot and walk on the path to the kiosk.  There is a $6 per person day use fee.  Pay the fee at the kiosk.  There is usually an attendant there, if not pay anyway.  (The fees help maintain the hot springs and the fines for not paying are steep.)  You’ll continue to walk through the forest for about a 1/4 mile.  (No worries – the path is well worn and easy to follow.)

Day Use Fee:

$6 per person cash or check.  Terwilliger Hot Springs annual passes are available for $60 good for the calendar year – so buy them early in the year for best value.

Soaking Etiquette

Clothing is OPTIONAL – so do not make others feel uncomfortable for either wearing – or not wearing a swimsuit.  If public nudity bothers you, don’t visit these springs.*   (You may want to consider asking the Forest Service to institute a no nudity day for those who prefer a bit more modesty in public places.)

No glass containers (for obvious reasons) and no alcoholic beverages.

Do not smoke around others – smoking nearby is bothersome for most non-smokers.

Other Hot Springs

*For nice hot springs experience without fear of encountering naked people visit Belknap Hot Springs.  It is not far away, it is further east up Hwy 126 between McKenzie Bridge and the Ranger Station.  Day use fee $10-15.  Hot springs are piped into a swimming pool.  Indoor changing rooms.

GPS Coordinates: 

Latitude: 44.08389 : Longitude: -122.23194

Elevation: 1700 ft


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2 months ago

Terwilliger Hot Springs

Good news for fans of Terwilliger Hot Springs! The first phase of reopening Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) is now complete. This week engineers scaled 150-foot cliffs above the slide to remove unstable boulders and trees. This work helps ensure the safety of crews that will be working below the cliffs to remove the nearly 8,000 cubic yards of rocks and debris from the road. go.usa.gov/xQXBP ... See MoreSee Less

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You guys ROCK!! Thank you forest workers.

Haley Dawn

IstinKray IlverSay looks like its gonna be awhile still

I’ve tried to get in the back way twice now and failed because there is still too much snow, gonna try this weekend if I get a chance.


You can access the hot springs off hwy 19 from Oakridge. It’s a long drive.

Cory Washburn

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2 months ago

Terwilliger Hot Springs

We’re happy to announce we’ve received special funding from the regional office to cover a portion of the costs to clear the landslide on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive)!

Willamette National Forest engineers expect crews to begin preliminary work in the next few weeks. There will be two phases required to remove the nearly 8,000 cubic yards - or 800 dump truck loads - of debris from the road. Completion of both phases is expected to take several months.

The road and access to Terwilliger (also known as Cougar) Hot Springs as well as Cougar Crossing Campground and Day Use Area remains blocked. While Aufderheide Drive can be reached from Highway 58, the road is not maintained for winter driving and sections are not suitable for vehicle travel due to packed snow and ice. There is no recommended route to safely reach the hot springs at this time.
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Austin Annereau they are finally starting to clear it. But it won't be ready for a few months 😭


Zack Erhard!!

Elijah Powers♡


Betty Lind Treva Erickson 🙁

Get a d9 up there and i will come push it off in a weekend! ! Government love to waste money. . What happend to all the fee money people are having to pay to go to the hotsprings ??

This is a favorite special place for me since age 16 & I am 54 now. I appreciate all workers do to get access to the springs again safely.

Kevin Alfaro-Martinez

Can anyone share an alternate route to get in? We are willing to hike.


You can access the hot springs off hwy 19 from Oakridge. It’s a long drive.

Treva Erickson Betty Lind Bianca Flores girls day trippppp??

I have been planning a trip to the Blue pool, and then down to the Cougar hot springs for the end of June. I like to scout ahead and found all of these comments. Can you tell me if I will be able to lead a group of four street bikes to cougar hot springs now?

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The road is still closed. I’m told you might be able to get through with a 4x4 taking hwy 19 from Oakridge. The road is NOT maintained during the winter so there will likely be unplowed snow and possibly downed trees. ... See MoreSee Less


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Any ideas when the road is going to open for the hotsprings?


Still no info on the road?

I believe people are parking at the dam and hiking over and up the road

I just heard that the area is being patrolled and citations given out

Weird. Because when i called and talked to a ranger I asked and was told "It's discouraged, but not unlawful"


You can access the hot springs off hwy 19 from Oakridge. It’s a long drive.

You can access the hot springs off hwy 19 from Oakridge. It’s a long drive.

Long but beautiful drive thru box canyon.

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5 months ago

Terwilliger Hot Springs

Video of landslide

McKenzie River Drone Photography
Have a trip planned to Cougar Hot Springs? Cougar Hot Springs has been closed due to a very large rockslide. Estimated closure is 3-4 months. Tell your friends.

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Alison Tompkins

Sum'm fishy goin' up there.

Well that sucks 😒

Prudence Graves

Oh nooo! Cassandra look:-(

Valerie L. Noa

Kayla Brinda

Kairah Michelle Brandy Jafek Looks like this is going to put a damper on my hot spring dreams 😪 Do you think we could climb around it?? 😆

Is there other way to go there?

Alden Rodgers

Aaron Smith

Anna Maria Bursofsky 🙁

Kenn this is why the road is blocked to cougar

Took my mother up yesterday for her first soak. Gained access from Westfir with a 4x4. Timing was perfect. It was nice and quiet. Top pool easily soakable due to rainfall. The springs definitely made a new friend yesterday.

can you just go around the other side of the reservoir?


Accessible from south end of hwy 19 in Westfir. Warning hwy 19 is not maintained in the winter

American land and leisure maintains the site fir the forest service. Presumably they have still been doing that in at least a limited capacity

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