Wilson River Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews
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Wilson River Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tillamook, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles
544 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching





wild flowers


10 days ago

I loved this trail, except for the traffic noise. It’s probably possible to tune it out, but I wasn’t able to do that today. The trailhead is easy to find, with plenty of parking and pit toilets. There’s a very short stretch where you’re walking along the side of the road, so be aware of your canine friend for that 20 yard stretch. There’s a waterfall just off the road that you can see from the trail, and a glorious waterfall on the trail. No really, it’s on the trail. The splash factor was minimal, but you do have to walk through water. The river is peaceful and calming to look at, and does help to drown out the traffic noise. The steep parts are real steep, but they don’t last long. I plan to go out there again and explore more of the trails in that area. Critters spotted on the trail: a dehydrated newt off the side of the path. Also, the dog that always goes with us was overprotective today and was staring off into the trees frequently. Was it Sasquatch? Was it a cougar?

4 months ago

Easy relaxing hike along Wilson River. 4 stars because of the noise from highway 6 but the river is so loud in portions it actual drowns out the sound of the motor vehicles. Teeny-Tiny Waterfall is a must see about half way between foot-bridge and Forest Center. Many areas to hike down to the rivers edge for lunch and a lazy nap in the sun. Went on a Sunday late morning and surprised by the lack of other hikers. Perfect for kids and a easy one hour drive from Portland.

4 months ago

Over-all, the trail was a nice moderate hike, with a few rather steep climbs and in some areas sketchy footing.

Starting out, there needs to be a better trail identification set-up, as we actually turned on the down river trail, only to turn back around and finally find the right trail.

For planning - this trail actually breaks out into 2 other hikes as well, depending on the distance one wants to hike.

Waterfall actually crosses the trail, I would imagine that with more rain, this might make crossing a bit difficult.

As for hikers/bikers, not to many on the trail, but there were a few.

Hiked with out dogs....

6 months ago

Nice hike along the river. Lots of berries & different features. Moderate traffick. Difficult to find at some points. Over all, a nice hike.

bird watching
6 months ago

good for spotting wildflower's

6 months ago

A little on the easier side, but still really pleasant. By noon it was heavily trafficked.

3.5 out of 5 seems like a fair score.

6 months ago

the trail is in good condition. it’s a fairly popular hike, I’m assuming since it’s close to the forest center.

nice trail, not too amazing though. sat down by the river and watched a bald eagle fly above me for awhile.

overall I’d say 3.5/5 stars, definitely leaning towards an easier hike.

7 months ago

Great trail for a quick hike. The waterfall was great we almost missed it it was really high and close to the trail. The dog loved the river. There were some great places to swim and to jump off the footbridge. Love this hike!

8 months ago

Nice trail, visitor center was fun to visit on the way back (opens at 10). Started at 7am and had the trail to ourselves! Nice river/beautiful forest. No fees for parking or visitor center. Trail mostly dry no mud, but smaller crossings with some water

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Trail is in great condition. It was super cloudy when I went so not many views, but a hike for the rain since there is so much cover.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

It was a great hike, although it was a bit muddy and wet. Probably not best for little kids when it is that wet and muddy. The hike was a nice mix of up and down (moderate) and the waterfall kind of surprises you in the middle of the trail. We didn't see anyone else there. Great hike.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Very nice trail. It is not clearly marked, but if you follow this map it is super easy.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This is a great short hike. Go early and you will have complete solitude. There is a good amount of parking at the trailhead and restrooms. There is no cell service at all. Lots of shade. The trail is near the road at the start but after a while the road noise fades.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Great for families, we went on a beautiful sunny Oregon day so the trail was moderately trafficked. Plenty of parking and well marked trails.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Great for families and dogs as there are many side trails leading to the river.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Nice trail. I went mid-morning and only saw one other person on the trail. Upon return there were a ton of people showing up. The earlier the better for this one likely because of its accessibility. It was a little close to the HWY and there were a few awkward areas for dogs. I was with two dogs and we had to go under the small bridge with one railing. Towards the end of the trail there is the sandy bank with a perfect doggy swimming area for any one who is looking. It is the perfect distance for a quick adventure with the pups for a few hours.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Trail is open. Nice trail with many areas for river access along the way. There are a few areas on the trail with steep drop offs and the foliage along the trail may be a problem for smaller children and dogs. When you get to the area where the trail comes out onto a gravel road you'll need to cross the bridge and the trail starts again on the east side of the road. This is a good hike for all ages with only a small section of steep switchbacks near the falls.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Closed due to weather as of may, bridge is out of something.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

This is a very gentle trail for beginners and children. Returning back to the Forestry Center made for a nice end to the trail. We hiked from the center to the Wilson Falls and back, making this just right over 3 miles there and back.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

this was a nice hike. did the point to point from the footbridge back to the visitors center. easy to follow and nice views of some very pretty river. it's been a mild winter in Tillamook, so it is very accessible .

2 months ago

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