ExplOregon: Umpqua Hot Springs
ROSEBURG, Ore. - What better way to enjoy the cool weather and changing fall colors than to visit one of Oregon’s hot springs?
We headed down to Douglas County and checked out the Umpqua Hot Springs.
There’s nothing better than soaking in hot springs after a long hike.
From Eugene, just hop onto Interstate 5 to Roseburg, take 138 East like you’re going to Crater Lake, and then follow the signs for Toketee Hot Springs.
"It is a day use only site, so don't go up there expecting to disperse camp," said Cheryl Caplan with the Umpqua National Forest. "It extends for a few miles on either side of the hot springs that it is just day use."
There are many different trails you can take into the hot springs with varying lengths.
One of those trails takes you past Toketee Falls, an extremely popular waterfall to visit in this area.
But if like us you decide to go from the parking lot, there is a $5 parking fee to be aware of.
From there it’s a pretty short hike of a quarter mile.
Initially you pass a bridge along the river and then keep hiking up the mountain. The trail can get rough with steep incline, but once you do get to the top, the view are remarkable.
"It's a nice little spot by the river," said Harry Escott, a visitor from the United Kingdom. "The people threw me off a bit, but I guess that's to be expected. It's a nice little spot, yeah."
Most of the visitors we talked with say they are from out of town and many were visiting with their friends and families.
"We just came from Portland to Salem and this is really beautiful here, it keeps getting better and better," said Vickie Smith of Kansas City.
"It's unique, it's certainly unique," Tom Smith said. "I'll tell you the drive alone is worth coming."
Believe us when we say it’s worth it to just dip your feet in and take in a little nature therapy.
If you do decide to head out there, it is worth mentioning that the hot spring is clothing optional.
Here’s a website to check out the day use times and to check in winter when they do close down part of the road.