Cape Meares Lighthouse, Tillamook

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#2 of 14 in Historic Sites in Oregon Coast
Take a trip to Cape Meares Lighthouse and immerse yourself in scenic nature, grand views, and historic sites. The refuge is a perfect place for hiking and spotting some of the rare indigenous species, such as spruce trees, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons. In addition to providing excellent views of the coastline, viewpoints along the shore are also great spots for whale watching. One of the highlights of the refuge is the historic lighthouse that helped mariners navigate along the coast from the late 19th century up until the 1960s. Today, it's open to the public and acts as a time capsule for the area's past; a gift shop housed within offers various souvenirs. The paved road leading to the lighthouse is wheelchair-accessible, but due to the incline wheelchair users may need some assistance. Add Cape Meares Lighthouse and other attractions to your Tillamook trip itinerary using our Tillamook trip builder.
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  • August 10, 2017
    If you like lighthouses this is a must see. You should check the times to see if they are open. This would have been a 5 if it had been open. We saw whales down by the lighthouse and that was exciting...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Don't forget your camera on this beautiful hike full of lots of tasks and viewpoints. The lighthouse is amazing as well  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We are on the light house tour down the coast and this was a neat stop! Small but worth the stop. Gorgeous views from the surrounding are and several nice areas for hikes.  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    This is a lovely lighthouse that is fairly accessible. Just be warned that you walk down a fairly steep hill to get to it, so you'll have to walk up the same hill when done. Once at the lighthouse it is only a few steps to the top since it's one of the shortest lighthouses. Another thing to note is that at the top of the lighthouse it gets really warm because of the lenses. When we went up the lighthouse a guide came with us and gave us some history on it and let us ask questions. It was a great experience. It was also nice that this park does not require a day-use pass or fee. Oh, and don't forget to check out the Octopus Tree on the other side of the parking lot.
  • June 12, 2017
    Nice visit. Enjoyed the short tour and history of the "shortest Lighthouse " in Oregon. Very scenic, beautiful area. Also sports a nice little gift shop.
  • April 11, 2017
    Absolutely spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The Cape Meares lighthouse is small but neat, and as said the views of the Pacific Ocean from here are stunning. The walk from the parking lot is short, and this is a very family-friendly hike. The octopus tree is a short walk from the parking lot as well, be sure to check it out.
  • March 13, 2017
    My wife and I came here on an abnormally pleasant day. The walk to the lookout was fun and easy. It would definitely be easy to take young children here. However we were disappointed at the lack of information and history regarding the lighthouse. It feels like a nature walk, talking about seals and sea birds, with the lighthouse at the end. The views were spectacular and it was a short drive from Oceanside.
  • June 21, 2017
    Beautiful view! It´s so calm by the lighthouse, that you can think how life is strange sometimes..

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