TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST
Annual Performance Measures Welcome to the Tillamook State Forest, managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. This web site serves as your guide to better understand the past, present and future of this unique forest, located west of Portland in the northern Oregon Coast Range. The forest is divided into two districts-the Forest Grove and Tillamook. Within this web site, you will find a selection of interesting and useful information about the Tillamook State Forest: places to go, things to see and do, background on forest management activities and forest history. Whatever your interest, the Tillamook holds an abundance of opportunities for discovery, exploration and learning. Tillamook State Forest Visitor Maps are available by mail.
Grab your gear and come camping on the Tillamook State Forest. There are seven developed fee-site campgrounds, managed on a first-come, first-served basis. Campgrounds are set in a variety of forest and river environments. Most are open from Memorial Day through October. In addition, numerous dispersed camping opportunities exist across the forest. Please note fire restrictions that may be in effect.
Non-Motorized Trails Hiker : Non-Motorized Trails in the Tillamook State Forest are managed for a range of recreation uses. Twenty-five miles of non-motorized trails provide options for the hiker, mountain biker and horseback rider. Climb to the top of King?s Mountain for a remarkable view. Set out with your horse to explore part of the original Wilson River Wagon Road. Hop on your mountain bike for a hair-raising ride down Gales Creek Trail. The Tillamook Forest Visitor Map and Guide is available for purchase.
Off-Highway Vehicles :
The Tillamook State Forest offers some of the best Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails in the Pacific Northwest with over 150 miles of trails. There are four main OHV trail areas on The Tillamook State Forest: Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Trask, and Diamond Mill. The Browns Camp and Jordan Creek OHV areas in particular provide more than 100 miles of easy to most difficult motorcycle, ATV and 4WD trail opportunities. The wide variety of trails reach some of the more remote and scenic parts of the forest and provide challenge and excitement for both beginners and experts. Many OHV trails are closed at the present time. Please check the OHV Trail Report for current trail information.
Free Guided Programs:
The Tillamook Forest Center will open on April 1, 2006 and will offer fascinating exhibits, outdoor trails and progams for families and students along with recreational information for forest visitors. Our interpretive program will help you discover the clues to the forest?s past, revealing the context for its management today, as well as understanding its wealth of natural history. A network of interpretive sites, media and opportunities provides an engaging way for you to "discover the Tillamook." A regular schedule of forest interpretive programs are available during the summer for visitors who may want to learn more of the natural and cultural history of the forest, and how the Tillamook is actively managed today. Check back here for more information in Spring, 2006 Do you have a group that enjoys the outdoors and would like to learn more about the Tillamook State Forest? Special arrangements can be made for your group. Call to schedule a program at least two weeks in advance of your planned program date. Group size is limited to 15. For more information contact Jen Warren, Oregon Department of Forestry: 503-359-7494; or email [email protected]
Gales Creek Overlook:
The Gales Creek Overlook invites you to stop and gaze over the revitalized forest near the eastern entry to the Tillamook Forest on the Wilson River Highway (Highway 6). This site features an expansive view of a relatively young Douglas-fir forest, planted in the 1940?s after the fires scorched nearly the entire original forest. A few remnant forest giants still stand in view along the distant ridges, reminding us of what the forest was like before that fateful day in 1933. A cedar-constructed kiosk with adjacent stone walls complements the view here, while presenting orientation information and an overview of forest history and management.
Sunset Highway Rest Area Display:
The Sunset Safety Rest Area, adjacent to the Clatsop State Forest on Highway 26, offers a display on the history of the forests and the adjacent one-third-mile Steam Donkey Interpretive Trail. The short interpretive trail loop provides an interesting history of railroad and steam logging and a refreshing pause when traveling the Sunset Highway from the Portland area to the coast.