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Tillamook Forest Center
This is an image of the fire lookout located at the Tillamook Forest Center
Tillamook Forest Center fire lookout
Free Guided Programs
The new Tillamook Forest Center offers fascinating exhibits, outdoor trails, progams for families and students, along with recreational information for forest visitors.  Enthusiastic staff provide programs and information that 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. Across the forest, a network of interpretive sites, media and opportunities also provides an engaging way for you to "discover the Tillamook."
 
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:
Jen Warren at 503.815.6808  or email jwarren@odf.state.or.us

Smith Homestead
This is an image showing the log cabin like, forest learning shelter at Smith Homestead
Smith Homestead Forest Learning Shelter
The Smith Homestead Day Use Area provides forest visitors, highway travelers and school children with a special place to explore the past, present and future of Oregon’s Tillamook State Forest.
 
The 38-acre Smith Homestead Day Use Area, operated by the Oregon Department of Forestry, opened in August 2003 marking the first phase of construction for the broader Tillamook Forest Center project.
 
Located on the Wilson River Highway (Oregon 6) in the Jones Creek area of the Tillamook State Forest, the Smith Homestead Day Use Area features river access, picnic tables interspersed in the surrounding forest, drinking fountains, interpretive trails, restrooms and the 2,000-square-foot Forest Learning Shelter.
 
The Forest Learning Shelter is available for rent to the public for meetings and events. 
Smith Homestead Reservation  
 
 

Gales Creek Overlook
This is a picture of the shelter at the Gales Creek Overlook
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 Rest Area (Hwy 26)
This is a picture of a kiosk sign board located at the Sunset Rest Area
Sunset 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.

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