Terwilliger Hot Springs

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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.

Water Temps

The pools can range from 85 to 112 degrees, with the top (largest) pool being the hottest.

Terwilliger Hot Springs Status Updates

Leave No Trace - Terwilliger Hot Springs Update 11/19 – Summer 2018, a fire started accidentally at the hot springs by a smoker who didn’t follow the safety restrictions issued by the Stage IV high fire risk.  No outdoor smoking (inside your closed window car only).  Thousands of acres were burned.  Terwilliger Hot Springs was closed until July 1st, 2019 due to damages and safety issues.

The Forest Service repaired the path and built a new bathroom to replace the old structures that burned down.  As you hike back to the pools, you will see many charred and fallen trees.  Fortunately the new changing structure was not harmed and the pools are still in great shape.

The pools are still a magical experience and beautiful.  There is less shade than before.

8/18 – Fire in area, hot springs is closed

7/18 – The landslide has been cleared and Terwilliger Hot Springs is open!

12/17 – Landslide closes highway 19 and access to Terwilliger Hot Springs

See our Facebook feed below for more on what’s happening.


Open year round from dawn to dusk.

Don’t risk getting a citations for sneaking in after hours, it can be very expensive.  Belknap Hot Springs is open late evenings – which is great for soaking after sunset in the Fall, Winter and Spring months.


For Map and driving Directions – click the “Location” link next to the “About Us” link. 

Terwilliger Hot Springs is about 7 miles south of McKenzie Hwy (Hwy 126) on Aufderheide Dr (Hwy 19) near the town of Blue River.

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.  Pay the day use 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 1/8 mile.  (No worries – the path is well worn and easy to follow.)

Day Use Fee:

$7 per person.  Cash, Check or Credit Cards.

Terwilliger Hot Springs annual passes are available – good for the calendar year – so buy them early in the year for best value.


Soaking Etiquette

Clothing is OPTIONAL – people will be likely be naked there.  Do not make others feel uncomfortable for either wearing – or not wearing a swimsuit.  If public nudity bothers you, don’t visit these springs.

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

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

Kudos and Awards

8 Best Hot Springs in Wester Oregon – Statesman Journal

In Hot Water: Top 3 Hot Springs in Oregon – WanderLostTravel.com

Top Rated Hot Springs in Oregon – Planetware.com

10 Most Relaxing Hot Springs in Oregon – the CultureTrip.com

8 Amazing Hot Springs to Soak and Chill in Oregon – That Oregon Life

Other Area Hot Springs

Belknap Hot Springs – developed site Hot springs are piped into a swimming pool.  Clothing required.

Bigelow / Dear Creek Hot Springs – along the McKenzie River.  This is a very small, luke-warm hot springs that is often under water during winter and spring.  It is pretty, yet it holds maybe 6 people and is often full.  Overuse has made the water murky and removed the solitude one could find here before it got popular.  We and the Forest Service encourage people to skip this until usage drops as it is small and overused.


GPS Coordinates: 

Latitude: 44.08389 : Longitude: -122.23194

Elevation: 1700 ft


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Terwilliger is closed for a while due to fire that destroyed nearby communities.

The hot springs was not damaged by this fire.

The hot springs will likely be closed for months as the community rebuilds its infrastructure.

The fire took out over 173,000 acres, including the entire town of Blue River, just west of the hot springs. For public safety, the Hot Springs has been closed. Keep checking this site - we will post when its open again. It may be as late as Spring 2021 before its open again. - updated 11/18/20
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Colleene Connolly Trahan

Closed as in no one can get in?

Is it still closed?

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Known also as Cougar Hot Springs are geothermal pools in the Willamette National Forest near Blue River, Oregon. Water flows from a natural rock formation to fill the pools, with temperatures of about 105 degrees. Handmade of Wood.
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Still closed

She said aww I want one those that was my first hot spring..with her

Brandy Waters. Show Taryna please!!!

Are the springs open right now? Does anyone know? Wondering with the recent fires if they’re closed?

Terwilliger Hot Spring has reopened, but on a restricted basis. Up to 15 people are allowed in at a time with a maximum soak time of 2 hours. The day-use fee is $7. Access is first come, first serve. ... See MoreSee Less

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American Land and Leisure operates the hot springs for the forest service. I believe they will be monitoring it.


How is this going to be restricted..... have never been there but I'm pretty sure there is no one going to be hanging out saying, wait! you cant go in/up there is already too many people......

Oh good lets have a covid party at the hot springs....NOT!

Do we know how this is being enforced?


Lets go here Kim Tran

Is the park open now???

I was there on the 4th and there was like 30 people there!

Babe Adam La France good to know!

Cherice Canfield Darren Canfield Sterling Noel Shelly Josh Friese

Elaine Talley Gardner

Lena Parr

Jonathan Elias

Roseann Comstock Hammer

My favorite place

Are you open now due to fires?

So, are they open? It's the end of September... I can't tell?

Open today?

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Serendipity Coffee Cart opens today at 8am July 3rd. Tuesday- Sunday 8am to 2pm. At McKenzie River Mountain Resort in Blue River next to indigo Cafe and the river. A few miles west of Hwy 19. ... See MoreSee Less

Serendipity Coffee Cart opens today at 8am July 3rd.  Tuesday- Sunday 8am to 2pm. At McKenzie River Mountain Resort in Blue River next to indigo Cafe and the river.  A few miles west of Hwy 19.Image attachment

Hot a Springs are still closed. No guidance an when it will re-open.

Security Cameras are present in parking area and fines for first offense for sneaking in are around $500.

I know we are all frustrated, please be patient. 5/31/20
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Hot a Springs are still closed.  No guidance an when it will re-open.   

Security Cameras are present in parking area and fines for first offense for sneaking in are around $500.

I know we are all frustrated, please be patient.   5/31/20

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Still closed. No word on when.

Still closed

Still closed

So we recently took a drive out that way. We stopped for a second, didn't even get out of our car, and some old man was taking pictures of every car parked there. This guy was extremely rude and confrontational. Look out for all the crazy people out there.

Looks like it didn't stop the guy in the picture

I drove by there a couple weekends ago and there were so many people obviously going there I couldn't believe it. The parking lot was almost full.

I miss going up to bagby hot springs

Is this place still close or is open now ?

I miss my favorite place on earth

Caressa Eriksen :/

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