Outdoor Adventure

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

Biking – Mountain Biking : Cummins Creek and
Cummins Vista Mountain Bike Loops

Cummins Vista Trail – Rated Difficult


There are two possible rides in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area: the Cummins Creek Loop Trail (6.25 miles) and the Cummins Creek Vista Loop Trail (10 miles). Both are shared by hikers and mountain bikers.

For the Cummins Creek Loop Trail, you can park at the trailhead across from Neptune State Park on Forest Service Road 1050. This is located 1.5 miles south of Cape Perpetua Visitors Center … Read more

Birding – Central Oregon Coast

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Prime birding sites within Yachats include Smelt Sands State Recreation Site at the north end of town; Yachats State Recreation Area at the west end of 2nd St downtown; and Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site at the south side of the Yachats River.

Within a 20-minute drive, there are several sites to the north between Yachats and Brian Booth State Park / Ona Beach / Beaver Creek, and … 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

Darlingtonia State Natural Site

Darlingtonia Wayside Sign, Florence Oregon

Located 20 miles south of Yachats on Mercer Lake Rd., just east of Hwy 101 at milepost 185.2.

Darlingtonia State Natural Site is an 18-acre botanical park with a picnic area and a boardwalk trail. From the parking lot, the boardwalk trail leads into a fen that is home to Darlingtonia californica (also known as the cobra lily). This is a rare strangely-shaped plant, the only member of the pitcher plant family (Sarraceniaceae) in … Read more

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

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

Hiking – a network of interconnected trails

Many Trails Begin in Yachats Photo

The historic 804 Trail that follows the village coastline north to a 7-mile stretch of sandy beach connects two in-town day-use state parks and is interconnected with five other Yachats trails:

The Ya’Xaik Trail
The Public Footpath in the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve – (No Dogs)
The Prospect Garden and Trail
The Yachats Community Park and Wetland Trail
The Amanda Trail

The 804 Trail and The Amanda Trail are both parts of the Oregon Coast Trail … Read more

Hiking – Beaver Creek | Brian Booth State Park

There are 5-plus miles of trails in the Natural Area, including three main trails. The Overlook Trail loops from the Welcome Center and back through mixed conifer forests, and offers a bird’s eye view of the confluence of South Beaver Creek and North Beaver Creek and nearby hillsides. The Beaver Creek Loop … Read more

Hiking – Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Cape Perpetua Trail by David Chamberlin, Jr.

Photo Credit: D. Holmes Chamberlin, Jr.
  • The Visitor Center will be closed until further notice; however, the Visitor Center parking lot, restrooms, and the scenic area’s trails have reopened. Before going out, check for trails status updates.
  • The information window at Devils Churn (MP 165.5) has reopened for business from 10am – 4pm daily in summer. Merchandise and passes from Discover Your Northwest are available for purchase with debit/credit card only. Visitors can use the
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  • 3 miles S of downtown
    Yachats on Hwy 101

Hiking – Drift Creek Wilderness Area

Harris Ranch Trail to Drift Creek is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waldport, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Creek Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Seal Rock, … Read more

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

Kayaking Tours – Newport

Oregon Boating Foundation offers 2-hour guided kayak tours (kayaks and equipment provided) on the Yaquina Bay in Newport from July 25 through September 15. Tours are provided 4 times daily, Tuesday through Sunday. To make a reservation visit PaddleNewport.com, or call. Yaquina Bay is a 30-40 minute drive north of Yachats.

  • 600 SE Bay Blvd.
    Newport, OR 97365

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

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

Wilderness Area: Cummins Creek

Cummins Creek Wilderness Information Sign

The Cummins Ridge Trail (approximately 5.8 miles) is the only trail in this wilderness area. It ascends more than 1,000 feet through towering stands of Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock and Douglas-fir. The Cummins Creek Wilderness Area features the only old-growth Sitka Spruce forest in the Oregon Wilderness system.

Cummins Creek Wilderness Sign

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