Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, Yachats

4.8
Must see · Scenic Drive · State Park
Carpeted with nearly 1,093 hectare (2,700 acres) of old-growth forests, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest offers a wealth of opportunities to explore a wild expanse of the famous Oregon Coast. Hike along more than 41 km (26 mi) of marked trails through the lush landscape, which features tide pools, water spouts, jagged cliffs, and a nearly 600-year-old Sitka spruce tree. Stop by the visitor center, open daily, where you can learn more about the nature and history of the region, and get a sweeping view of the Pacific and the surrounding mountains. You may even spot a whale if you're lucky. The coast has the potential for rain and cold weather year-round, so dress accordingly. PutCape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest into our Yachats trip maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Be sure to drive to the summit on a sunny day for great views and carefully explore the Thor's well and churn area.  more »
  • The stretch of Highway from Yachats to Florence is ine of the most spectacular in the country. The Devils Churn, Strawberry Hill, Neptune Beach and Bob's Creek are all must sees.  more »
  • The visitors center is closed, but a relatively short drive takes you to an 800 foot high vantage point, where you get a great look at the coastline south of the Cape. Worth the drive. We did not...  more »
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  • Nice visitor center with info about the history of the region. We took the walk down to the tidal pools and they were amazing! Seen a lot of crabs, fish, anemones, it was like an aquarium. The walk over the rocks to reach the pools is not easy, so not for all. Parking requires a parks pass.you can buy one in the visitor center or via the self serve envelopes.
  • We were able to buy 5 day State park pass for $10. Everyone very helpful and friendly! Trails to hike.
  • I spent the entire day at Cape Perpetua, using the visitors center as home base. Trailheads for multiple hikes begin here. Short trails take you down to the coast where you can rock hop among the tide pools, but it’s the blow holes and fissures that make this stretch of the coast unique. I spent an hour watching the surf surge and blow through the fractured and eroded basalt. From the visitor’s center you can also take a 1.5 mile trail to a spectacular viewpoint on top Cape Perpetua from a rock shelter built in the 1930s by the CCC — ruins of their camp are along the trail to the water. The climb to the cape is steep - something like 800 feet of elevation gain - but worth the climb as you ascend through old growth Sitka spruce. Lastly, don’t miss the visitor’s center itself. They have a number of well done exhibits discussing the human and natural history of the area, including a cool exhibit of whale bones. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable, and helped me identify a woodpecker I saw along the trail.
  • Very nice staff. However, the hours are quite short.
  • Beautiful view of the ocean. Great hiking trails. A must!

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