There is just something incredible about soaking in the many hot springs all over Oregon. If you have never had a chance to relax in the many hot springs Oregon has to offer, I suggest adding it to your bucket list as it’s seriously one of the most therapeutic things you can do for yourself. Not only is it calming and relaxing, but it’s a great way to combat the cold rainy weather in the northwest. I have personally visited many hot springs all over the northwest, and one I’d like to write about today that’s absolutely worth a visit is the McCredie Hot Springs, just east of Oakridge.
The McCredie hot springs consists of several rock-lined pools that sit at 2,000 feet of elevation on either side of Salt Creek on Oregon 58, between Eugene and Chemult. You will find these hot springs near milepost 45 and Blue Pool Campground. The water is 130 degrees and comes out of a concrete cap block, running through serveral pools of lessening water temperature.
Alongside the highway the Willamette national Forest has a paved parking area with restrooms and a short trail to the pools. If soaking in the nude is your thing, then you’ll be happy to know the McCredie hot springs is clothing optional.
To get to the south side pools, go east a half-mile on Oregon 58 from the main parking area, turn south on Shady Gap Road, cross the creek on a bridge, go right and park at the first wide spot. A 1/3-mile path through the forest leads to the south shore pools. Also worth checking out is Salt Creek Falls, which is just up the road and an incredible site to see.
The largest pool is said to be 30 to 35 feet wide, with the smallest being only a yard in diameter, both roughly 2 feet deep. Also worth mentioning is one hot spring located close to the road, and often referred to as the “Trucker Spring,” because it’s location lends itself to a common pit-stop for 18 wheeler travelers. This hot spring is open year round.
One of the many benefits from the hot springs is the high silica content of natural hot springs, which can potentially heal dry, rough skin. The medicinal properties of the sulfur content is also known to treat the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Magnesium is known to have muscular benefits, and aids in healing arthritis and fibromyalgia. Calcium and sodium bicarbonate increase blood circulation and the natural heat from the water provides a soothing, relaxing, and healing experience.
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