Recreate Responsibly

With over 1.6 million acres, the Willamette National Forest is home to eight wilderness areas, including the popular Three Sisters Wilderness and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, a variety of backpacking and day hiking opportunities, waterfalls, wildflowers, mountain biking trails, boating, swimming and much more! The varied landscape of high mountains, narrow canyons, cascading streams, and wooded slopes offers excellent opportunities for visitors and make the forest valuable for many purposes. Learn More About The Forest.

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Find more activities from our recreation section.

Recent News


Features

What is open and closed on the Willamette National Forest?

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Recreating in the national forest is an activity loved by millions of people. Whether it be hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, camping, or just going for a drive, the national forests provide fun, excitement, and solace to many. While many of these pastimes have been limited during the past few months, starting May 22, trailheads and day-use areas including boat launches, will become more accessible. Some trailheads and day-use areas that are still snow covered or damaged from fires or storms will open later.


2021 Central Cascades Wilderness Trip Planning

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The Central Cascades wilderness areas of Oregon are home to iconic mountain peaks, high alpine meadows and lakes, and old growth forests. Crystal clear streams, wildflower meadows, rugged mountain views, young lava flows, and much more can be found in the Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas.

In an effort to preserve the natural beauty and wilderness experience for you and future visitors and to better manage recreation-related impacts, these areas will be managed with use limits, or quotas, to ensure the protection of these landscapes now and into the future. Find out what is new in 2021, and start planning your trip (n.b. this permit system which was initially scheduled to start in 2020, but has been pushed back due to COVID-19).


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Spotlights

Explore the Forest

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Explore distinctive recreation opportunities on each of the four ranger districts. From camping to hiking to biking to boating and more...go play

Interactive Visitor Map

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The interactive visitor map lists recreation areas, roads and trail systems, so you can digitally explore and find your next adventure.

 




Recreation Conditions

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Displays area conditions for all camping and cabins on the Willamette National Forest as well as popular recreation sites.

Accessible Adventures

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We strive to offer areas in the forest where everyone can experience the many natural wonders the area has to offer. Watch our Accessible Adventure Videos



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