Feather River (Woody’s) Hot Springs – Twain, California

As someone who has explored more than 200 remote hot springs in the Western U.S., I can say without hesitation that Woody’s Hot Springs is one of the best. This secluded spot, located on a private property along the Feather River in Northern California, is a wonderful getaway for anyone looking to soothe sore muscles and relax in nature.

Feather River Hot Spring is located along a stunning stretch of river that is known for its whitewater rafting and crystal clear water. The property is only accessible by a short hike through the woods, which helps keep it nice and private. While there are several hot spring spots to choose from, one of the most popular is known as Woody’s Hot Springs or simply Woody’s.

The main appeal at Woody’s is the sheer number of pools and soaking options. There are so many different ways to enjoy this magical spot that it can be hard to choose just one! If you’re wondering what you should do when you get there, read on for our favorite ways to soak at Woody’s Hot Springs.

Aerial View of Woody’s Hot Springs

Feather River Hot Spring
Feather River Hot Springs

Woody’s is so large that it is almost easier to think of it as a hot springs resort than a single spot. There are a few large, deep pools that are great for soaking and relaxing, but what makes Woody’s special are all the different options for personal retreats.

The most popular way to enjoy Woody’s is by finding and claiming your own secluded spot along the river. These little coves can be hard to locate from above, so I recommend bringing along a towel and a good book to enjoy in the solitude.

While these hidden spots are great for privacy, they have the drawback of being difficult to access. If you’re looking for an even more remote experience, consider hiking down to one of the tiny pools located beneath waterfalls. These gems are some of my favorites at Woody’s because they give you the chance to take in nature while feeling like you’re swimming in a tropical paradise.

They are also very secluded, so you can feel free to let loose and relax without worrying about other people seeing you!

Hiking to Woody’s Hot Springs

The hike to Woody’s Hot Springs is very short and mostly flat. However, it is still considered a moderate hike because of the steep terrain along the Feather River. The distance is only a little more than a mile, but you’ll need to be careful along the way because the trail is rocky and there are several slippery spots.

The first part of the trail is along an old road that has been closed off to vehicles. After about 0.2 miles, you will reach the access point for Woody’s and many other hot springs in this area. For Woody’s, you will want to keep right at this junction as you head through a small meadow with views of the river.

After roughly 0.15 miles, you’ll reach a metal gate with “No Trespassing” signs posted on it. This marks the beginning of the private property where Woody’s Hot Springs is located; please respect the owner’s wishes by not going past this point. Along this last stretch, you’ll enjoy nice views of the hot springs from above before reaching a small footbridge that leads over the river and straight to Woody’s Hot Springs!

Hot Springs Pools

These rural hot springs pools are located next to one other in a concrete tub building along the banks of a magnificent river. The smaller one can fit one or two people, while the larger one can fit a few more, but only eight people can use them at the same time. Swimming suits are mandatory during the day and optional at night.

The hot water is pumped from the springs into a large, two-part concrete tub. Because there are two separate water sources, the minerals in each section of the tub differ. While the larger, clearer half of the tub is more physically pleasing, the smaller, milky white section is more aromatic and contains a distinctive mineral makeup.

The environment has not been purposefully altered because these are natural hot springs. Both baths are 99-104 degrees Fahrenheit and contain naturally occurring sulfur.

Making Use of the Springs

This geothermal soaking place can be reached in three ways. Regardless, reservations are always required. Drop-ins are not permitted.

  • Day Visits – Guests can schedule a two-hour window with the owner by text message or email. There is a capacity limit on how many people can be present at once, and the facility is popular, so a private soak is doubtful.
  • Camping Stays – The owner includes soaking in the price of a nightly cabin or campsite on her property.
  • Membership – Residents and frequent visitors to the area can acquire a Friends of the Feather River Hot Springs membership, which includes a reduced soaking charge. Reservations are still required for this pass.

Dogs are not permitted near the thermal waters, and children are only permitted to utilize them during the day with adult supervision. There are strong prohibitions prohibiting bringing glass containers, lighting up, or allowing young babies (still in diapers) to use the bathtub at The Springs. Before using the hot springs, waivers must be signed.

Woody’s Hot Springs: Upper Pool

If you’re only going to get to one of Woody’s hot springs, make it the upper pool. This is the largest of all the springs and has a wide and deep soaking area with a sandy bottom. The pool is fed by multiple vents, which means the water is usually a relaxing temperature. To get to this spot, you have to hike along the river from the parking area. The trail isn’t overly difficult but does climb up and down several small hills.

If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some wildlife on your hike, including river otters and osprey fishing in the river below. Keep in mind that this hike requires crossing a small footbridge, so if it’s been raining heavily, it’s best to wait until the water level goes down before attempting to hike out.

If you’re looking for a private spot to soak and sunbathe, take the short trail upriver to Woody’s Upper Pool. This large deep pool has access via a set of stairs that lead down into the water. It is often used as a swimming hole in warmer months, but it still works well for soaking due to its depth and size.

Woody’s Hot Springs: Lower Pool

The lower pool is the largest of the hot springs at Woody’s. With a maximum depth of about 4 feet, it’s a great place to lounge and soak in a floaty or just wade around. The water here is noticeably warmer than that of the upper pool and feels wonderful on sore muscles or aching joints.

The lower pool is fed by a small waterfall that flows over a rocky ledge into the middle of the pool. There are plenty of rocks to sit on here and several spots where the water flows over your body. If you’re lucky, you may even get an impromptu massage from some of the falling water!

If you hike upstream about 100 feet from the lower pool, you will come to another small waterfall that feeds into another pool upstream. This smaller pool is fed by a small waterfall that looks like it would be great for swimming and playing in, but it wasn’t very warm when we visited in late June. The upper part of this section of river is closed off from public access so it seems like this spot is left alone by the landowners.

Woody’s Hot Springs: FlowTube

The FlowTube is an amazing option for anyone looking for a more relaxing hot spring experience. The FlowTube is a large tube that sits in the river, allowing you to soak in the moving water while being pampered by the hot spring.

The tube is placed into the river by the property owners, who do all of the work. You simply show up, slip into the FlowTube, and enjoy being gently pulled by the current while relaxing in a wonderful hot spring.

To get into the tube, you must be able to swim and will wear a life vest while getting placed into the FlowTube. The process is quick and easy and it’s worth it to check out this unique experience! Make sure to bring a change of clothes with you as there isn’t much privacy when changing out of your bathing suit.

While there are several spots to soak at Woody’s Hot Springs, we recommend choosing one of these three main options: Woody’s, Lily Pad, and Wildcat. The other pools are excellent too, but these are my favorites. If you’re looking for a little more solitude, it’s best to go during the week or outside of peak season when crowds are smaller.

Woody’s Hot Springs: Ledge Swim

The second stop on our tour of Woody’s Hot Springs is definitely one of the most unique spots in all of hot spring country. The Ledge Swim (also known as the “Nude Dip”) is a large, three-level rock formation that sits just above the water. The middle ledge is completely submerged and is great for swimming. It’s a fun spot to cool off and enjoy the views while you get your feet wet.

The middle ledge can be slippery, so use caution when getting in and out of the water. Of all the spots at Woody’s, this one is likely to be occupied by other people. If you prefer a more private experience, try visiting on a weekday. On weekends, you’ll often find people enjoying beers or cocktails here as they relax and soak in the sun.

If you’re visiting on a warm day, don’t miss out on this fun spot. The water at Woody’s Hot Springs can get quite cold during the winter months, so coming here during peak summer months is highly recommended.

Woody’s Hot Springs: Stargazer Dome

While the main springs at Woody’s are a short hike away from the parking area, there are several “extension springs” located further up the hill. Our favorite of these is the Stargazer Dome, which is named after its curved shape that mimics a dome underneath the stars.

The dome is marked by a bright orange flag and has several unique features. There are stairs that lead down to a small gravel platform that includes a stone soaking tub formed from the rock wall of the hillside. This was one of my favorite spots to soak at Woody’s because of how secluded it was.

There are also several large boulders scattered around that you can use to help support your back while you soak. The view out over the river and woods below is also wonderful, as it provides a perfect opportunity to take in the beauty of Northern California. The only downside here is that it can get chilly at night! Pack a warm blanket or sleeping bag if you plan on soaking late into the evening.

Woody’s Hot Springs: Half Dome

While there are many hot springs to explore at Woody’s, one of the most popular is known as Woody’s Half Dome. This massive pool, measuring about 25 feet in diameter and four feet deep, is shaped like an upside down bowl and is one of the largest natural hot spring soaking holes in the world.

The pool is fed by a large spring that flows from under a rocky ledge on the far side of the river. The spring water flows into a small stream that meanders around the base of Woody’s Half Dome. You’ll find this spring-fed stream flows beautifully throughout the day, adding to your relaxing experience at Woody’s.

The temperature of Woody’s Half Dome generally hovers between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. The water is super silky and feels wonderful on sore muscles. The bottom of this massive pool is flat and composed of smooth stones that have been smoothed over time by the flowing river water. If you’re worried about slipping on the rocks, you can always opt for floating in the more shallow areas at the edges of Woody’s Half Dome.

The best time to visit Woody’s Half Dome is early in the day when it is still cool outside. The hot spring will warm up throughout the day with peak temperatures typically occurring around 4-6 pm in summer months.

Woody’s Hot Springs: Entrance and Hike

You’ll first want to know how to get to Woody’s Hot Springs. The hike is short and easy, and there are a couple of options. The first is to park at the river access and hike down a paved section of road. You will see a sign for Woody’s down the road.

The second option is to drive down the dirt road that follows the river, just past the private residence at Woody’s. There are several spots where you can park along the road, but be prepared for a bit of a hike.

Once you’ve parked, you can either take the plunge and hit the river or hike upriver (to the left) until you see a trail going into the woods. The trail is easy to spot, as it will have a large number “1” painted on it. Hike this trail until it forks, then take a left onto an unmarked path. You’ll know you’re on the right track if you see some wood planks leading into the woods. Follow this trail until it opens up into a large gravel pit area where there are several pools clustered together near a large rock outcropping.

Camping and Cabins

Feather River Hot Springs has small, decorated cabins and campsites. Camping vacations and cottage stays are handled independently. The cottages and the surrounding region are just for guests. Campers are not permitted to visit the cabin common areas or use the cabin’s amenities.

Please keep in mind that Verizon is the area’s sole stable mobile network.

Cabins

Between April 1 and November 1, visitors to Feather River Hot Springs can pick from three cabins (weather permitting). Julius’ Mine Shack, Logger’s Cabin, and Lola’s Bordello each have a different theme. Only two people are permitted at a time; no children or pets are permitted.

Each cabin contains a queen-size bed, a dresser, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffee machine, an outside kitchen, and a full set of dishes. The hot springs are free to use, but people must sign up on the board.

Campground

Feather River Hot Springs has seven tent sites and five full-hookup RV sites (50 amp okay). The campgrounds are near the beautiful Feather River and natural hot springs pools. The venues are open from April 1 to November 25 if the weather cooperates. Only one dog is allowed per campsite, and it must be leashed at all times.

Bottom line

The Feather River (Woody’s) Hot Springs in Twain, California is a unique and wonderful place to spend time in the outdoors. With its lush greenery, stunning views of the river, and naturally-heated hot springs, visitors can enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Although the hot springs have been around for centuries, they remain a popular destination for locals and travelers alike.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful day of relaxation or an adventurous day of exploring the area, this guide provides all the information you need to make your visit to the Feather River (Woody’s) Hot Springs an unforgettable experience. So pack your bags and come explore all that Twain, California has to offer!

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Local information

Address: 29186 Highway 70, Twain, California 95984
GPS: 40.019539,-121.034117
Phone: (text only) 925-783-2913
Season: Soaking is year-round, Camping is April to November.
Website: featherriverhotsprings.com

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