Cougar Hot Springs
Address: Cougar Dam Rd, Blue River, OR 97413
General Description: Cougar Hot Springs is also known as Terwilliger Hot Springs are geothermal pools in the Williamette National Forest. These hot springs features a creative and natural artistic rock landscapes with 5 rock walled geothermal pools that cascade into each other. Each pool gets cooler as it flows into the next hot spring pool.
Location: From Eugene, Oregon it is abut 55 miles or 90 minutes.
Directions: From Eugene, Oregon take I-105 E 2 min (1.1 mi) Follow OR-126 E to Cougar Dam Rd/NF-19 53 min (46.6 mi) Drive to Aufderheide Dr 16 min (7.5 mi)
Accessibility: Accessibility is good You can drive right up the the parking area at the hot springs. Once in the parking it is a 1/4 mile through the forest. The path is well worn and easy to follow.
Hot Springs: The pools' sizes range from 3 to 12 feet across and 2 to 3 feet deep. The water source is above the topmost pool where the spring flows from a rock face at approximately 112 °F. The pools are on a hillside and cascade from one to the next so that each pool step lower is cooler than the one above it. The pool floors are mostly bedrock but some gravel, sand and debris remain at the bottom of the pools.
Hot Spring Tips: This hot springs has a fee at a kiosk. Make sure you pay the fee. Terwilliger is monitored by attendants. This hot springs is clothing optional. There is no glass allowed. Open Sunrise to Sunset all year long. The pools are closed Thursday mornings for weekly cleaning. These hot springs get alot of foot traffic.
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