Tillamook Forest Center

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Tillamook Forest Center
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Located in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest, the Tillamook Forest Center offers interpretive exhibits, family nature programs, K-12 field trips and facility rentals. It's fun, accessible and free! Discover lessons of the past, present and future of this dynamic forest with hands-on learning and a sense of exploration you'll find nowhere else.
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Diane C
Tillamook, OR47 contributions
Friends
This place is free and has so much to see! Outstanding displays for kids (and adults), a great short movie about the Tillamook Burn, a replica of a fire watchtower, walking paths leading through nearby forests, plenty of parking AND a nice gift shop. Definitely worth your time. Check for winter hours, though.
Written October 23, 2013
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luv2trvlRedondoBeach
Redondo Beach, CA599 contributions
Family
We were on our way from Forest Grove to Tillamook and saw a large road sign stating Family Fun. My husband begrudgingly turned around to go back and we were so grateful he did as it was the highlight of our weekend.

We started out watching the film in the visitor's center. It was about the fires that occurred 80 years ago. I was touched by the movie, as the forest is what it is today because of the tenaciousness of the locals. It is an inspiration for the youth, as one can actually see what is possible when one puts their mind to something, and that every tree does count.

After watching the video we wandered through the visitor's center, and then we went outside to take pictures from the bridge. It was a beautiful sunny 70 degree fall day. The leaves were a butterscotch color and they floated off the trees. The creek was sparkling in the sunlight. It truly was spectacular.

On the other side of the bridge are walking trails. We walked for a half an hour down stream hoping to see salmon swimming up the stream, but no such luck. The walking trail was somewhat muddy, but it is flat and the ground is stable.

We ended our visit climbing the fire lookout. It afforded lovely views of the tree tops.

The staff was very helpful. There is a small gift store with reasonably priced items. The visitor's center is free, though they accept donations, and we willingly donated as our country needs more centers like this as it reaffirms ones confidence in humanity.
Written November 8, 2017
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Thanks for the great review! We're so glad you found us and had a chance to enjoy the forest and the center on a beautiful day.
Written November 10, 2017
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Dale H
Tillamook, OR1,319 contributions
Solo
You will learn a lot at the Tillamook Forest Center and it is totally free! There is an amazing movie about the "Seven Year Curse" of the recurring Tillamook Burns, there is a great little gift shop for souvenirs and educational items, and there is a reconstructed Fire Tower to climb for exercise and more education!
Written September 10, 2015
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SolItam7890
Tel Aviv District, Israel14 contributions
Family
Despite my love for history, the outdated displays failed to connect. The bathrooms were dirty and would not recommend as a family event.
Written July 29, 2014
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jcravens
Portland, OR58 contributions
Couples
I love history, and I love forests - therefore, I really enjoyed the Tillamook Forest Center. We've passed by on our motorcycles so many times, and I always think, we should stop there some day... finally, I just zipped in one day on our way to something else. It's got lots of information about the history of the area, particularly the big burn. I really liked the information regarding the Civilian Conservation Corps - I love all references to the work of the CCC. On a beautiful day, its great to spend time outside, on the suspension bridge, climbing the tower, and even walking down to the river. The trails are nice too, as is the gift shop. I was afraid this would be a center all about the products of the forest and how logging is so wonderful - instead, I got a very balanced view of what forests mean to both humans, regarding their lifestyle and economic prosperity, and wildlife and ecosystems. This is a place for thinking people. I'd love to go back for one of their special events.
Written April 19, 2015
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Thank you so much for the lovely review! Very often our visitors find us by chance on their way to or from the beautiful Oregon Coast; and we’re glad you did too. We’re also glad to hear that you appreciated learning about how the Oregon Department of Forestry manages the Tillamook State Forest sustainably to provide the range of benefits we all enjoy. We hope you will be a frequent visitor and will encourage your friends and family to stop in as well.
Written April 26, 2015
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Ted K
Madbury36 contributions
Couples
On Rt.6 east of Tillamook, this museum looks relatively new and is a wonderful family museum to learn about forestry, some of the wildfires and wildlife. Lots of hands-on things, so the kids will love it. Great film about the Tillamook Burns. Staff was friendly and very helpful. If you're traveling on Rt.6, you must stop and check out this jewel.
Written July 9, 2013
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Nancy SC
Eloy, AZ361 contributions
Friends
We’ve been coming to the area for years and always drove past the sign, so this time we decided to stop in. What a fun and informative visit. I had no idea the history of the Tillamook burn and I was delighted to see all of the informational exhibits, as well as the movie.

For our next visit, I will allow more time to explore the trails and the views available through the back of the visitor center. The gift area was cute and had a lot of variety of items to offer.

Written July 16, 2019
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pacific130
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We were on our way to Tillamook for some ice cream when we saw the sign for the Forest Center. It's a great place to learn about the Tillamook Forest, take a short hike to the falls (if it has rained recently) and just relax. I strongly recommend it.
Written October 2, 2018
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Thanks so much for your review! We're so glad to hear you had a great time visiting the center. We hope you'll be a frequent visitor when you're in the area.
Written October 3, 2018
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Dale H
Tillamook, OR1,319 contributions
Couples
This is a really GREAT educational forest center where you and your family can learn all about the Tillamook Forests and the terrible history they have had with forest fires! There is an authentic fire tower, a theater that shows an excellent movie about the history of the Tillamook Forests, lots of terrific exhibits, and a wonderful gift shop. The best part is that this is all totally FREE... except items you buy in the gift shop!
Written August 2, 2018
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Thanks for your great review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the center and hope you'll come back to see us again soon.
Written August 3, 2018
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Discerning travelers
Kenosha, WI12 contributions
Friends
Driving up to Seattle from Tillamook we drove through the beautiful Tillamook Forest! Fall colors were blazing in the sunlight and being from the Midwest we decided to stop at the Center to check it out and find out its history. Luckily the short informational film about the Tillamook Forest was beginning and we learned about the devastating fires and redevelopment efforts. The Center is definitely set-up for hands on experiences for children but all four of us adults learned a lot and had fun! There is a replica of a lookout tower you can climb and beautiful walks in the surrounding area and along the Wilson River. Great way to break up a long drive especially if you have children.
Written October 14, 2016
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Tillamook Forest Center is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM