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“Worth the trip, even after the 99th time.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Terwilliger Hot Springs

Terwilliger Hot Springs
Hwy 19, About 1 mile S of Cougar Dam, Blue River, OR 97413
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Owner description: Water emanates from a natural rock formation to fill these six hot springs pools, with temperatures of about 105 degrees.
Eugene, Oregon
1 review
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“Worth the trip, even after the 99th time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I grew up around Blue River, and the amount of memories I have in these hot springs are astounding. Thankfully, they're all extremely positive, as the entire environment is simply perfect. Looking from the top pool, you have the plethora of stars above, hot mineral water below and an array of waterfall pools below you.. and very possibly other people too. Which obviously can go both ways if you're staying overnight (illegally, but free for the poor college kid). Due to the fact that there is no supervision/regulation, often times people take it upon themselves to be free - leading to many things, for example going nude (more power to you!), or (much more destructively) bringing glass into the pools. Indeed, there are few places where something this beautiful can be this well kept. But thanks vastly to our local park rangers - and good samaritans - the pools are usually very clean.

This is the main thing I see going wrong about the site, however. The demand put on the site by the local community (and travelers) has caused there to be more trash/debris then the rangers can deal with. Which is where we step in - If you end up having a good time, please, take a piece of trash or two out with you. Yes, even if it's not yours - give back the positivity that the springs gave you by making them better tomorrow than they were today!

WARNING: I have had friends get their things stolen while they are unattended at night. So if you see others around your things, it's a good idea to be cautious. Not that this happens often, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Visited April 2014
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Eugene, Oregon
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Some good, some bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Should you go? Yes but there is probably always going to be at least 1 creepy naked guy there. The drive there is fantastic but I would say rather use it as a stop over on the way to something else. The people that are there with you are going to drastically affect your experience. This would not be a family venue. We had a good time overall but I can see it getting really bad if you end up with the wrong crowd. I recommend going in the morning to avoid anyone that may have been drinking.

Visited March 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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“Healing as Mother Nature Intended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

First, this hotsprings is often referred to as Cougar Hot Springs. Terwilliger Hot Springs located near the Cougar Reservoir, is one of the quintessential experiences of Lane County Oregon. Along with The Oregon Country Fair and Saturday Market, one really should experience the serenity and beauty of a few hours soaking at Terwilliger.
Some things to know...
* Parking is fairly limited and you must pay cash after parking, but before hiking up the trail to the hot springs. The admission is a small price, compared to the ticket.
* Public nudity is common. I have been many times with various friends, and have never experienced any sort of inappropriate sexual behavior. In fact, you will meet people of all sizes and shapes, ages, etc. and you may discover it is a liberating experience.
* As always, bring plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to stay adequately hydrated. There is no place nearby to purchase anything. Come prepared.
Lay back, listen to the sounds of the birds over the water, watch the light playing in the trees, and feel time stand still. This is therapeutic for both body and soul.

Visited August 2013
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Eagle Point, Oregon
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“My little precious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

It took a bit to drive through all of the glorious curvy bends til finding the parking. It happened to be a perfect sunny spring day and many people were at some point of their adventure there; some coming and some going.

From the parking lot you had to walk back across the dam about a quarter of a mile. The sign at the trailhead then explained that you needed $10 or so and many of us had to walk back to our vehicles to get money and a pen to fill in the money card or envelope. After all that was said and done we hiked on a very easy short hike of about a mile or less to the hot springs. The view was amazing; lush and green and very refreshing. As we went further down the trail you could see the various dressing rooms as you neared the hot springs themselves.

There were a mixture of folks with clothes and those without. No one made a big deal out of it and most people just made good company and conversations. The highlight of the visit was seeing a cave where hot water came rolling out of it and into the tri-pooled sanctuaries. The area was extremely well cared for and clean. There were no foul smells and I did not observe tasteless pickup lines between some of the single men and women. It was pleasant to be there.

I would recommend this to most people but if you are insecure with your body or others being naked I would recommend going up to the Belknap Hot Springs nearby where there is a clothing policy. I hope this answers some of your questions and helps you make a decision one way or another.

Visited April 2013
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Holtsville, New York
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3 attraction reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice place to relax (if you're OK with public nudity)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

It was not busy or loud by any means when my husband and I were there (off season and mid-week). We did our research ahead of time and knew what to expect - clothing optional with an "alternative" crowd. No one was drinking or smoking or doing anything inappropriate. We hung out in the least crowded and cleanest top pool (which is phenomenally hot). It was fun for us NY suburbanites to be naked in a forest but it was a one time deal for us and I don't see a need to frequent it.

Visited September 2013
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