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!
Dogs are welcome on a leash outside the grounds.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Service animals are welcome inside the buildings.
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There are changing tables in the restrooms.
Spring: Wed to Sun 10am - 4pm / Seasonal days vary
Closed December to February
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