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Accessible Trails

Russell Colwell - Cape Perpetua Whispering Spruce Trail

Photo Credit: Russell Colwell


Open the FS link below to learn about premier accessible points in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area just south of Yachats and in other nearby areas of the Siuslaw National Forest. 

Open the Yachats map to locate the oceanfront 804 Trail in Yachats. Most of this trail is accessible. The north section of the 804 Trail – beginning at Smelt Sands State Wayside and continuing north for three-quarters of a … Read more

Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve & Marine Protected Areas

The Yachats shoreline is part of a Marine Protected Area (MPA).

The Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve with its MPAs is the largest marine reserve network in Oregon. Visitors here have opportunities for scenic and wildlife viewing, hiking, guided outdoor learning, stewardship, and community science activities.

On summer weekends (through Labor Day), you will find a marine reserve ambassador posted on the 804 Trail at Smelt Sands State Park to answer questions about the marine reserve, … Read more

Marbled Murrelet - Cape Perpetua Marine Rserve

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center and Programs

Cape Perpetua Visitors Center Sign, 3 miles S of downtown Yachats, OR

  • The information window at Devils Churn (MP 165.5) is now open daily from 10am to 4pm through summer. Stop by and say hi to the great volunteers. Merchandise and passes from Discover Your Northwest are available for purchase with debit/credit card only. Visitors can use the self-service fee station for cash day-pass purchases.
  • Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (MP 166) will remain closed until further notice. While closed, the Center will not be doing any of
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  • 2400 US 101
    Yachats, OR 97498
    3 mi S of downtown Yachats

Day Use State Parks in Town

Yachats 804 Trail, Smelt Sands State Park by Rena Martin

There are three (yes 3!) oceanfront day-use state parks in little Yachats, and no day-use fees.

(Oceanfront Trail) ♦ SMELT SANDS STATE RECREATION SITE is located at the north end of town. Turn west off Hwy 101 at the Smelt Sands sign onto a lane that leads to the park/parking lot. The park has a small pebble beach near the entrance and picnic tables and benches along the oceanside 804 Trail (accessible). At low … Read more

Go On An Oregon Coast Quest

In the Yachats Area:

Habitats of Diversity Quest – This Quest, created by the Yachats Youth and Family Activities Program (YYFAP), features a choice of paths to follow and takes explorers through a variety of coastal habitats.

Cape Perpetua Discovery Loop Trail Quest – Explore a lush, coastal forest! Created by YYFAP day-camp students, this Quest takes you along the Discovery Loop Trail at Cape Perpetua. Click Here for This Quest.

Quest Books (2019-20) … Read more

Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center

This public visitors center is filled with wonderful exhibits for all ages, an 8-armed greeter, tide pool touch tanks, and endless learning opportunities. When in full operation, it also offers a theater, lectures, … Read more

  • 2030 SE Marine Science Dr.Newport, OR 97365-5229
    23 miles N of Yachats

Heceta Head Lightstation

Heceta Lighthouse Moon by Curt Peters, Yachats, Florence, Oregon

Photo Credit: Curt Peters


Heceta Head Lighthouse signals to mariners from a spectacular forested promontory 205 feet above the ocean. It provides the strongest light on the coast, its beacon shining 21 miles.

Located just 14 miles south of Yachats, this is one of the most picturesque and photographed lighthouses in the nation. The assistant light keeper’s house is now a bed and breakfast.

Both the lighthouse and the keeper’s house are circa 1894 … Read more

Heceta Lightstation Photo, Yachats, Florence, Oregon
  • 92072 Hwy 101 South
    Yachats, OR 97498
    14 miles S of Yachats

Kayaking & Other Paddling Near Yachats

Kayaking Alsea River Water TrailWatercraft rentals are available at paddle shops in Waldport, Newport, Florence, and at Honeyman State Park just south of Florence. For Yachats Chamber member rental businesses, see Boating.


The Alsea River Water Trail offers 10 river miles, including the Alsea River, Drift Creek, and Lint Slough. Dockage and moorage are provided by Port of Alsea. Port of Alsea is 8 miles N … Read more

Kayaking Tours – Beaver Creek Natural Area
Brian Booth State Park

  • The Beaver Creek Natural Area boat ramp, water and hiking trails are open to daytime use.
  • Kayaking Tours were canceled for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
  • The Beaver Creek Welcome Center is temporarily closed.

Video: Beaver Creek Otters


Rangers at Brian Booth State Park lead 4-hour guided kayak tours (kayaks and equipment provided) at Beaver Creek State Natural Area between July 1 and Labor Day, with sign-up beginning June 1. Tours are from 8:00 … Read more

  • Tour groups meet at the
    Beaver Creek Welcome Center
    On Beaver Creek Road
    1.2 miles east of Ona Beach

    Seal Rock, OR 97376
    Reservations Required

Lincoln County Historical Society
Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is housed in an impressive former home on Newport’s historic bayfront.

The exhibits and programming are dedicated to telling the stories of those who have shared a desire to live and work where the sea meets land, and along its rivers and estuaries.

Hours: 11am-4pm, Thursday through Sunday
Admission: $5; Free for kids 12 and under

  • 333 SE Bay Blvd. 
    Newport, OR 97365
    25 miles N of Yachats

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium - Passages of the Deep
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a living classroom for all learning styles and ages. It includes exhibits on Sandy Shores, Rocky Shores, Coastal Waters, Secrets of Shipwrecks, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Giant Pacific Octopus, a Seabird Aviary, Turkey Vultures, Orford Reef, Halibut Flats, Open Sea, Aquarium Grounds, and Big Bites (sharks).

  • 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, OR 97365
    23 miles N of Yachats

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Beginning just 26 miles south of Yachats, the Oregon Dunes, the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, stretch out for 40 miles between Florence and Coos Bay.

Check out the website for the recreation area below, and “A Local’s Guide to the Oregon Dunes,” linked below, for more information. 

Sea Lion Caves

Sea Lion Caves Gift Shop Exterior, Yachats, Florence, OR

Sea Lion Caves is proud to be part of the Oregon/Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve helping to protect the local marine animals and marine environment.

Sea Lion Caves, America’s largest sea cave,  is a privately owned (since 1932) wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary located between Yachats and Florence. It is the year-round home of the Steller sea lion, but sea lions are not always in the Cave. This is not a zoo, and sea lions are wild … Read more

Sea Lion Caves, Yachats, Florence, OR
  • 91560 Hwy 101 N
    Florence, OR 97439
    15 mi S of Yachats
    11 mi N of Florence

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum

Historic displays feature the pioneers, whose occupations were primarily as loggers and fishermen, and whose primary means of transportation was the Siuslaw River. 

Hours: 12noon to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Admission: $5; Free for kids 13 and under accompanied by an adult.

If you are a group of 10 or more, please call to make reservations. 

A self-guided History Walking Tour of Old Town Florence is also available. 

  • 278 Maple St.
    Florence, OR 97439
    26 miles S of Yachats
    (about a 40 minute drive)

The Oreo Cows

Oreo Cows

Take a drive on Yachats River Road for a possible view of grazing belted bovines – and sometimes also a majestic herd of elk. These black cattle with their signature cream-colored stripe are known affectionately by local children as “the oreo cows.”  The river valley is also home to herds of bleating goats, sheep, and less vocal horses and llamas, as well as ducks, peacocks, and other wonderful beings. 

Waldport Heritage Museum
Alsi Historical & Genealogical Society

Waldport Heritage Museum displays artifacts and objects that illustrate the history of South Lincoln County. The Alsi Historical & Genealogical Society collects and preserves materials of genealogical and local historic value, including but not restricted to land records, school records, photographs, newspapers, letters, books, articles and maps.

Noon to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
If these hours are not convenient, please call for an appointment.

  • 320 Grant St.
    (relocating soon)
    PO Box 822
    Waldport 97394
    8 miles N of Yachats

Whale Watching

Gray whales are the most commonly viewed whale on the Oregon coast, and they are often viewed off the coast of Yachats from our three day-use state parks in town. Other favorite nearby spots to watch for whales include the following:

  • Cape Perpetua Visitors Center (about 3 miles south of downtown Yachats)
  • Cook’s Chasm Turnout (about 3.25 miles south of downtown Yachats)
  • Sea Lion Caves Turnout – (15 miles south of Yachats)

About 200 … Read more

White Wolf Sanctuary

White Wolf Sanctuary offers guided tours by appointment only. The tour begins with an educational talk about wolves and the White Wolf Sanctuary. Guests are then escorted around the sanctuary to learn about each wolf’s history. 

Tours are approximately three hours depending on the size of the group, activity of the wolves, and interests of guests. Reservations are required.

Please check the web site for current fees and hours.

  • 60 acres in a coastal mountain range near the town of Tidewater.
    A 30-minute drive from Yachats, approximately.

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
& Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site

  • Park Hours:
    The Yaquina Bay Recreation Site, including trails and picnic areas, is open with reduced services. Public restrooms are open 9am to 6pm.
  • The lighthouse is temporarily closed and tours suspended due to Covid-19.

This site is located on a forested bluff on the north side of Yaquina Bay with views of the bay, the Yaquina Bridge, and the North Jetty. Trails lead to the beach from the west side of the park, which … Read more

  • 24 miles N of Yachats
    Please see "Learn More" linked below for a map and directions.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
& Outstanding Natural Area

  • Park Hours:
    Trails, beaches, and restrooms are open
    8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday
    8am to sunset, Saturday-Sunday
  • The lighthouse and interpretive center are temporarily closed and tours suspended due to Covid-19.

This beautiful  100-acre site includes the lighthouse; an interpretive center; wildlife viewing of whales, seals, tide pools, and seabirds; short trails; and panoramic views.

The Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon’s tallest at 93 feet, is located on a narrow point in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural … Read more

  • 750 NW Lighthouse Drive
    Newport, Oregon 97365
    3.5 miles N of Newport