Known for its spectacular outdoor recreation and mountain scenery, it’s no surprise there are multiple hot springs near Eugene, Oregon worth visiting. Visitors and locals alike are apt to take advantage of the geothermal activity in the area.
The following mineral thermal springs are accessible in around an hour, making them easy to pop over for an evening post-hike dip or a morning soak before moving on with your day. For those looking and willing to travel even farther, there are numerous other hot springs in Oregon to uncover.
McCredie Hot Springs – 53 miles
McCredie Hot Springs is a local favorite for good reason. It’s a year-round haven in the Willamette National Forest for those seeing a relaxing, woodsy atmosphere in which to kick back and watch the wildlife from the water. Bathers have the added benefit of listening to the rushing water of Salt Creek passing nearby
Depending on the time of year you visit, you’ll have two to four pools to choose from, accessed by an easy, 0.3-mile hike from the parking area. The pools are shallow with the deepest points at a depth of about two feet. While they appear completely natural, man-made rock walls have been built to keep the hot water from escaping.
Always test the water before wandering in. Though water is typically between 98℉ (37℃) and 114℉ (45.5℃), it can sometimes jump up to scalding temperatures. Blue Pools Campground is the closest place where camping is permitted.
Cougar (Terwilliger) Hot Springs – 55 miles
Also known as Terwilliger, Cougar Hot Springs in McKenzie Bridge is well-loved for the shaded, lush atmosphere and heated waters, which range from 85℉ (29℃) to 112℉ (44℃). A handful of natural pools steam up from the floor of the Willamette Forest, all with a breathtaking waterfall in view. Some are small enough to fit one or two people while others could host a houseful.
The 0.25-mile hike to pools is relatively easy with just a few steep grades. This memorable stop on your Oregon tour is readily accessible but is only open for visitors until sunset, and the nearest camping is in Cougar Recreation Area. Drinking water isn’t available on-site, so be prepared.
Belknap Hot Springs – 59 miles
Just under 60 miles away and perched on the edge of the McKenzie River, Belknap Hot Springs Resort is surrounded by the same lush forest as Cougar. Stellar landscaped gardens add ambiance to the two spring-fed pools, one of which is reserved specifically for overnight guests. Mini waterfall-like features drain into the hot water.
Guests have their pick of lodging here with cabins, lodge rooms, campsites, and RV hookups all available. Some spots even welcome your furry family members. Walking paths, seasonal snacks, and summer entertainment make this a lovely place to spend a few hours or a few days.
Deer Creek (Bigelow) Hot Springs – 63 miles
Also set along the McKenzie River, Deer Creek Hot Springs, aka Bigelow, is quite unique. It sits partially in a cave carved into the river bank with ferns draping over the rock. The pool itself fits two to three people and is warmest during summer and fall before the river rises. The water averages 102-104℉ (39-40℃) during that time.
There’s easy access to Bigelow, and space for parking is just a hundred yards away. You’ll especially appreciate it in the cold winter months, or when you’re relaxed and ready to crawl into your tent at the end of the day.
The pool closes at 6 pm, and Paradise Campground is your closest bet for overnight stays. It’s open from May to September and offers drinking water, restrooms, fire rings, and picnic tables.
If you’re looking for a chance to get out into nature and drop your stress level, any of these hot springs will fit the bill. With the close proximity, you could even hop from spring to spring if you have a full day. Soak up the mineral water and the wild outdoors of the great Pacific Northwest.