Outdoor Adventure

Access Points for Accessible Trails

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

Open the Yachats map below to locate the oceanfront 804 Trail in Yachats. Most of this trail is accessible. The northern end of the 804 Trail that begins at the Smelt Sands State Wayside and continues north for three-quarters of a mile is … Read more

Beachcombing for Agates

Would you like some great tips from our local agate clubs? Open the links below FMI and to see the club’s Beachcombing in Lincoln County flyer.

Note: Plan your trip. You want to go out at low tide. For tide times click here. Low tide after a big storm in winter is the best time to search for agates. Be prepared for changeable weather (bring rain gear!) and know beach safety.

In January … Read more

  • Yachats Visitors Center, 241 Hwy 101, Yachats

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

The 6.25 miles Cummins Creek Loop Trail is shared by hikers and mountain bikers.

You can park at the Cummins Creek Trailhead across from Neptune State Park on Forest Service Road 1050, which is 1.5 miles south of Cape Perpetua Visitors Center on Hwy 101. Ride up the trail 3.75 miles, then turn and come back down a very challenging section of trail that links back to the original trail.

For a longer route, the … Read more

Birding – Central Oregon Coast

The 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 to the south between Yachats … Read more

Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve & Marine Protected Areas

The Yachats shoreline is part of the North Marine Protected Area (MPA). The Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve with MPAs is the largest marine reserve network in Oregon.

Visitors here have opportunities for scenic and wildlife viewing, hiking, and guided outdoor learning, stewardship, and citizen science activities. A speakers’ series is offered in winter.

The region includes 18.8 square miles along the shore, 14.1 square miles of ocean habitat, and a reef complex that hosts diverse species of … Read more

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, Exhibits, Programs, Guided Walks

Updates:

  • Devil’s Churn, including Kyleen (the little food/drink kiosk), reopened on June 18th. The information window reopened on June 20th. Host couples will be staffing the Churn seven days per week.
  • Cape Perpetua Campground and Tillicum Beach Campground reopened on the 18th. Expect limited or no services. For more information, see: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/siuslaw/recreation#rectable
  • The Visitor Center remains closed until further notice.
  • The Visitor Center parking lot and restrooms reopened on June 18th.
  • The Field Ranger program
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  • 2400 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498
    3 miles south of downtown Yachats

Darlingtonia State Natural Site

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

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) … Read more

Day Use State Parks in Town

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

(Beach) ♦ YACHATS OCEAN ROAD STATE NATURAL SITE is located just south of downtown at the mouth of the Yachats River. Turn west off Hwy. 101 onto Yachats Ocean Road at the south end of the Yachats River Bridge. There are parking spaces and picnic tables along this rim road, and a wooden staircase down to the beach. … Read more

Heceta Head Lightstation

Heceta Head Lighthouse signals to seafarers from a magnificent forested promontory just 14 miles south of Yachats.

The lighthouse, circa 1894, sits 205 ft above the ocean. Its beacon provides the strongest light on the coast, shining 21 miles out to sea. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. The assistant light keeper’s house is now a bed and breakfast.

The … Read more

  • 92072 Hwy 101 South, Yachats, OR 97498

Hiking – Beaver Creek | Brian Booth State Park

Updates:

  • Beaver Creek boat ramp and trails are open to limited daytime use. The Welcom Center is closed.
  • Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food, and hand sanitizer.
  • Do not travel far to visit.
  • Facilities may close without notice.

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 … Read more

Hiking – Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

  • The trails in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area are open; however, the Visitor Center will be closed until further notice.
  • The Visitor Center parking lot and restrooms, and Devil’s Churn, including Kyleen (the food/drink kiosk), all reopen on June 18th.
  • The information window at the Churn reopens on June 20th, and Host couples will be staffing the Churn seven days per week.
  • FMI: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/siuslaw/home/?cid=FSEPRD712205

Located just three miles south of downtown Yachats, the Cape Perpetua … Read more

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

Hiking – explore Yachats on six interconnected trails

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 – 1000 ft. of trail (No Dogs Allowed)
The Prospect Garden and Trail
The Yachats Community Park and Wetland Trail
The Amanda Trail

The 804 Trail and The Amanda Trail are both … Read more

Kayaking & Other Paddling Near Yachats

Watercraft rentals are available at paddle shops in Waldport, Newport, Florence, and at Honeyman State Park just south of Florence.

NORTH OF YACHATS:

PORT OF ALSEA / ALSEA RIVER WATER TRAIL – WALDPORT
The Alsea River Water Trail offers 10 river-miles, including the Alsea River, Drift Creek, and Lint Slough. Dockage and moorage is provided by Port of Alsea. Where/Directions: Port of Alsea is 8 miles N of Yachats; 16 mi S of Newport. At … Read more

Kayaking Tours – Beaver Creek Natural Area | Brian Booth State Park

Updates:

  • Beaver Creek boat ramp and trails are open to limited daytime use.
  • Kayaking Tours have been canceled until further notice.
  • The Welcome Center is temporarily closed.

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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 am to 12:00 noon. The hours listed include check-in, instruction, 2.5 … 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, and “A Local’s Guide to the Oregon Dunes,” linked below, for more information. 

Sea Lion Caves

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 just 15 miles south of Yachats and 11 miles north of Florence. It is the year-round home of the Steller sea lion, but sea lions are not always in the Cave. This is … Read more

  • 91560 Hwy. 101 N., Florence, OR 97439
    15 miles S of Yachats | 12 miles N of Florence

Tidepooling

Sea Anemones by Girl In Water Photography
Photo Credit: Girl In Water Photography

Know before you go when visiting tide pools. Check the local tide table and plan to get to the tide pools about an hour before low tide.

The guides linked below provide a map of locations for tide pools in our area (and the entire Oregon coast); information about tide pool zones and the many creatures that live in them; and important guidelines for tide pool etiquette and beach … Read more

Whale Watching

Gray whales (and occasionally others) are often viewed off the coast of Yachats from the 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 – large Highway 101 turnout south of tunnel (15 miles south of Yachats)

 

Gray whales … Read more

Wilderness Area: Cummins Creek

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 features the only old-growth Sitka Spruce forest in the Oregon Wilderness system.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area & Lighthouse

Update:

  • The interpretive center and lighthouse are temporarily closed.
  • Associated trails, open space areas, and tidepools are not accessible.

The 100-acre site includes Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, an accessible trail, an interpretive center, wildlife viewing – including whales, seals, tide pools, and seabirds, as well as short trails and incredible views. Tours of the lighthouse are given only as staffing allows and are announced on the morning of the day that the tour is available.

Yaquina Head Read more

  • Hwy. 101 and Lighthouse Drive
    Newport, OR 97365