Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport

Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Extending from the Oregon coast into the Pacific Ocean, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area houses the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast. The lighthouse has been in operation for over 140 years. Admire the views of Newport and the coast, and explore the tide pools and the beach while watching for harbor seals. If you're lucky, you may be able to catch a glimpse of gray whales on their annual migration. The only way to gain access to the historical lighthouse is through a brief free tour. A visit to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Newport trip planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • You will want to start at the information center, I enjoy learning. Next we went to check out the lighthouse - and it is spectacular! Next take at least one of the hikes. You will love them.  more »
  • We went to visit the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural area. We were a bit disappointed that our Oregon state park pass we had purchased wasn't accepted at this area, so we paid the $7 entrance fee...  more »
  • A really MUST STOP experience on the Oregon coast. Lots of friendly staff about, lots of parking and a great nice interpretive center with clean restrooms and a gift shop. You are forced to enter...  more »
  • We spent a lovely day visiting the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Outstanding Natural Area. Yes, it really is OUTSTANDING! The trails are well maintained, and the park staff were knowledgeable of the flora and fauna in the area. We checked out the tide pools at Coral Beach (highly recommend -- totally worth waking up early for) and the trail down to the quarry. This area is great for families, and for anyone wishing to explore a rocky beach and windy basalt cliffs. Simply stunning!
  • Saw whales very close by. What a view
  • I came with family because I absolutely love lighthouses. This one is no exception. Despite being a windy day, it was a beautiful place to go and we didn't have to pay to park. Located on the edge of the coast, it was quite windy but there were whales visible from the lighthouse. Tide pooling was closed, but a quick hike up the hill was worth it for the amazing view! Staff were friendly too. They have it set up so it's a one-way walk, and the visitor center is closed. But you feel safe going and exploring the area. Definitely would go back!
  • A lovely lighthouse on the coast near Newport. The road all the way up to the lighthouse is closed but it's just a short walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse, maybe a little over a quarter of a mile. The view of the coast from here is gorgeous and for some reason they are not charging entry fees at this current time. Spotted a whale which was pretty neat. We went on a gorgeous sunny day with hardly any wind and the flies were a bit annoying but other than that, a wonderful stop.
  • Accepts national park pass but is not a national park. Very friendly rangers. Short walk to the lighthouse and beach, but the walk up is a lot of stair climbing. Bring good shoes for the beach as the tide pools are fun to explore but are very slippery at low tide. At high tide you will hear the amazing sound of millions of rocks being moved every time a wave comes in. Hidden gem of the Oregon coast.

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