Travel Spotlight: Cougar Hot Springs

written by Kjersten Hellis | photos by Charlotte Dupont


In the midst of a lush and mossy forest lies a natural hot spring with an almost magical quality. Five cascading pools of milky blue water flow down the hill and make up Terwilliger Hot Springs, more commonly called Cougar Hot Springs, near Blue River, halfway between Eugene and Sisters.

Each pool gets progressively cooler as it flows downhill, so you can always find the perfect temperature. To reach the pools, drive through winding roads and pass the reservoir with sweeping views of the valley. A day-use pass for the area is $6, and there is a well-monitored parking area for your car as you walk the quarter-mile trail to the hot spring.

While natural beauty abounds, the pools may not be for the faint of heart—clothing is optional. Be prepared to encounter soakers who are not afraid to bare it all. Nudists aside, you will feel at peace as you gaze into the gorgeous canopy and soak your troubles away.

Cougar Hot Springs

Four miles east of Blue River on Oregon Highway 126 to Forest Road 19, five miles to the parking area.

fs.usda.gov



Share
Published by
admin

Recent Posts

Four Faves for Donuts—Don’t be so square!

            written by Jen Stevenson NOLA DOUGHNUTS Mardi Gras is just a king-cake-splattered March memory,…

1 month ago

Enviro-Breweries for a better world

written by Jeremy Storton I sat typing away at my keyboard one wintry day at a local brewery. A beautiful,…

1 month ago

Best places for a bountiful brunch

BEST PLACES FOR BOUNTIFUL BRUNCHING HUNNYMILK With both a West Burnside brick and mortar and an eastside weekends-only pop-up, this…

1 month ago

Modern Outdoor Finds—Make your patio pop with these products

    If you need an update for a decrepit picnic table, try the Aviara Aluminum Rectangular Dining Table from…

1 month ago

DIY Concrete Planter

illustrated by Esther Loopstra AS ANYONE WHO HAS EVER STROLLED through the nursery knows, outdoor pots can add up. Try…

1 month ago

A timber-frame outdoor pavilion draws a West Linn family outside

written by Melissa Dalton An Outdoor Pavilion, rustic and accommodating When Daniel Harkavy and his wife bought their West Linn…

1 month ago