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Tillamook Forest Center Tillamook

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Tillamook Forest Center
45500 Wilson River Highway
Tillamook
OR
97141
Tel: 503 815-6800

Directions

From Tillamook (approximate driving time is 30 minutes): Travel east from Tillamook on Highway 6. After milepost 21 begin watching on your left for the signs for the Tillamook Forest Center. If you pass the turn-off for the Smith Homestead Day Use Area, you've gone too far. From Portland (approximate driving time is 1 hour: Travel westbound from Portland on the Sunset Highway (US 26) toward the Oregon Coast. Take Exit 53 marked “Highway 6 | Tillamook | Ocean Beaches” This is a left-side exit. Continue 29.1 miles west on Highway 6. The milepost numbers will be counting down to Tillamook. The Tillamook Forest Center is near milepost 22. You’ll see it just past the turn-off for Jones Creek Campground, and around a big bend in the highway to the left. Look for the large stone and wood entry monuments. You’re here!

Where are we going today?

The Tillamook State Forest is a beautiful part of Oregon, and what better place to get out into nature than there! The Tillamook Forest Center is such a special place to visit the the entire family. You can get a deeper connection to the stunning forests through exploration, and creating lasting memories and unforgettable experiences.

Right in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest, this interpretive and educational center gives everyone a real look at the legacy and history of the forest, but also a great starting point for your outdoor adventure! 

There is SO much to see and do in this amazing outdoor playground! Why not enjoy a family picnic in the woods, or watch the spawning salmon play in the water? If you are feeling active, you can attempt that adventurous climb to the top of a forest fire lookout (and don't forget to spend time at the top to enjoy those amazing views!)

Did you know that the Tillamook State Forest also has an amazing history? Well, just over 100 years ago, the area was actually served by stagecoach, and was the home of the frontier families. Today, YOUR family can learn all about the stories from others who experienced the area, and called it home. There certainly are plenty of stories to be heard too!

Tillamook Forest Center is great for fun programs, which are always very family-friendly! There are interpretive naturalises that will take you out on a number of programs, including forest nights, talks on wildlife, arts & crafts and even scavenger hunts! 

How fun does that sound! Only about an hours drive from Portland, there is much outdoor fun to be had! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree!
  • ChildrenFree!
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Spring: Wed to Sun 10am - 4pm / Seasonal days vary

Closed December to February

Teachers corner

Forest Experiences for Today's Youth is a great way to connect students to a dynamic forest that holds many stories, lessons and opportunities for exploration and discovery! There are full forest field trips, as well as educational exhibits and amazing learning experiences! .

I'm Hungry!

There are drink and food vending machines on the sites! The nearest food is Lee's Camp Store - 1.25 miles east..

Healthy Eating!

There are plenty of places for you to picnic, so why not bring your own healthy lunch and enjoy it in the forest! .

Any Top Tips?

If you’re planning to explore the trails a bit, they suggest sturdy shoes or boots. Spring and fall can be rainy so be prepared. Bring a raincoat or plan to borrow one of our umbrellas for a little outdoor exploration..

Doing our bit

The forest center loves to be a place where visitors can learn to be connected to forests. The facility is very environmentally friendly, which ties in with their mission to be sustainable..

Need a little extra help?

Service animals are welcome inside the buildings. .

Baby Facilities

There are changing tables in the restrooms. .

Can I get one of those?

The Gift Shop at the Tillamook Forest Center has a whole range of items and gifts just for you! From forest related games, toys, and stuffed animals - there will be something for everyone! .

More information

Dogs are welcome on a leash outside the grounds. .

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    All aspects of the Tillamook Forest Center are unique. The location, staff, facilities and theme. The messages of restoration, sustainability, synergism and conservation are presented in an educational experience that reaches every age group. There are vivid examples of natures processes, man's dependence on forest products and the astounding history of the Tillamook Forest. The evolution of a charred wasteland, caused by the Tillamook Burns, into a sustainable resource we can enjoy today is truly a miracle of interaction between communities,...Read More

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by Jim Peterson

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All aspects of the Tillamook Forest Center are unique. The location, staff, facilities and theme. The messages of restoration, sustainability, synergism and conservation are presented in an educational experience that reaches every age group. There are vivid examples of natures processes, man's dependence on forest products and the astounding history of the Tillamook Forest. The evolution of a charred wasteland, caused by the Tillamook Burns, into a sustainable resource we can enjoy today is truly a miracle of interaction between communities, conservationists and the timber industry. This process can be absorbed by visitors through viewing an astonishing movie about the Tillamook Burns and by viewing the numerous displays which chronicle the stages of restoring the forest. From thorough absorption of the interpretive centers' numerous displays to special presentations by a friendly, knowledgeable staff to a relaxing walk on the groomed trails to a spectacular view from the Wilson River bridge a visit to the Center is a truly remarkable experience that is not duplicated anywhere else. I encourage everyone to make a special effort to visit this very special place.

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