Smith Homestead Day Use Area – Wilson River

Wilson River - Smith Homestead

Smith Homestead

Smith Homestead

Smith Homestead

Smith Homestead

Smith Homestead

The popular day-use facility within the boundary of the Tillamook State Forest
A scenic stretch of the Wilson River with fishing, swimming, and picnicking opportunities



The popular day-use facility, Smith Homestead Day-Use and Jones Creek Campgrounds are located within the boundary of the Tillamook State Forest along the Wilson River. The 364,000-acre Coast Range Tillamook State Forest is the largest state forest in Oregon. This coastal forest offers a wide range of opportunities for education and outdoor activities.

If you drive along the Wilson River, stop in at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn about unique flora and fauna of the Tillamook Forest, fascinating local history including remarkable forest recovery after four devastating fires of 1933-1951. The visitor center offers educational programs, interpretive exhibits, and field-trips.

One of the must-see places along the Wilson River Corridor, the Smith Homestead has its own remarkable history. In 1886, the first settlers Walter and Alice Smith moved and staked the first homestead claim at the place that now known as the Smith Homestead Day Use Area. A historic site is accessible by short trails where you can learn the story of early pioneers via interpretive signs.

The Smith Homestead is a beautiful destination with hiking trails through the woods, picnic sites, and large shelter that can be rented for events or educational programs.

During summer months, visitor enjoy the swimming in peaceful Wilson River. Jones Creek Campground is located across the river.

There are other excellent swimming spots along the Wilson River:

Wilson River Footbridge
Wilson River at Keenig Creek



Smith Homestead Day-Use | General Description

Open: Year-round from sunrise to sunset
Managed: Oregon Department of Forestry
Location: Tillamook State Forest

Services: Toilet, garbage service, picnic sites, picnic shelter, drinking water
Activities: Swimming, fishing, hiking
Accommodations: Jones Creek Campground

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Popularity: Moderate

Elevation: 400 ft (122 m)

Smith Homestead is located:

  • 22.3 miles northeast of Tillamook
  • 51 miles west of Portland
  • 90 miles northwest of Salem.

Swimming hole rating: 4 out of 5
Water body: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to Moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: River rocks and rock formations
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm



Directions to Smith Homestead

From Tillamook,

  • Travel 22.3 miles northeast on Highway OR-6 to milepost 20 to the Smith Homestead Day-Use Area.

From Portland,

  • Drive on US 26 west to Highway OR-6
  • Bear slight left onto OR-6 towards Banks or Tillamook
  • Continue 28.9 miles on OR-6 to the destination on the right.

Phone: 866-930-4646
Oregon State Forest

GPS: N 45°35.257' W 123°33.142' | 45.587613, -123.552361

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