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Sunset on the Headlands, Yachats Oregon

Basaltic headlands, marine gardens, and miles of public sandy beach, rolling coastal mountains, protected old growth rainforest, rivers, parks, paths, trails and vistas - the Yachats area offers something for everyone with a taste for adventure or an appreciation of the great outdoors.

 

HIKE, BIKE, PADDLE: Explore this introductory regional trails guide for Seal Rock, Waldport, and Yachats. Download trails descriptions
and PDF trails maps to your mobile device.

GUIDED WALKS, PADDLES & TOURS

SELF-GUIDED HIKES, RIDES, PADDLES
Hiking Trails Descriptions
Biking Routes & Trails
Water Trails


TRAILS IN YACHATS: Please see the Yachats Trails Map (PDF) to hike the meandering oceanfront 804 Trail, the public footpath in the private Gerdemann Botanic Preserve (no dogs), the adjacent Ya' Xaik Trail, or the Amanda Trail at the south end of town, which links Yachats to the top of Cape Perpetua. Several other in-town walking routes are also shown, including flatland walks and an upland cardio work-out loop. Some of these routes are also suitable for wheelchairs and strollers and others for bicycles.



Be Beach Safe

For an unforgettable summer season beach walk or bicycle ride (on compact sand) around low tide, explore the 7-mile stretch of sandy beach between Yachats and Waldport. Build a sandcastle, fly a kite, take your shoes off in the surf.


Yachats SeagullsPicnic in one of 3 (yes three!) state parks in town:

Smelt Sands State Recreation Site
Yachats State Recreation Area
Yachats Ocean Rd. State Natural Site


Gerdemann Bontanical Preserve The Gerdemann Botanic Preserve: This extraordinary private botanic preserve just north of town includes a public footpath that is open during daylight hours. Please Note: No Dogs are allowed in Gerdemann Botanic Preserve.


PelicanBIRDING: The Central Coast Birding Trail includes 3 oceanside parks in Yachats & many sites within 15 miles: Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, 3 mi S; Port of Alsea / Alsea River Water Trail, 8 mi N; Seal Rock & Beaver Creek State Natural Site, 15 mi N; Heceta Head State Park, 14 mi S; & Sea Lions Cave, 15 mi S.


Tidepool, Yachats Oregon TIDEPOOLING: Tidepools make their homes in our rocky shores. For tidepool locations and guidelines for visiting their resident creatures, please see Oregon State Parks online brochure Tidepools are Alive!. Plan to visit tidepools at low tide. Stop by the Yachats Visitors Center for a tide table. [Map #21]


HIKING AT CAPE PERPETUA: Find 26 miles of scenic area hiking trails to old growth coastal rainforest, panoramic viewpoints, Native American shell middens, marine gardens, and beach. All trails are open to the public for self-guided tours year round. Hiking from Yachats, you may reach the summit of Cape Perpetua by way of the landmark Amanda Trail (Note: closed for repairs/reopening June 4 at 1PM). [Map #37]

When the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center is closed, find trails maps available outside their door - located 3 miles S of downtown Yachats on the E side of Hwy 101.

Park Permits and Passports: the Pacific Coast Passport, NW Forest Pass, and Golden Passports are honored here and may be purchased in the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center. Without a pass, day-use permit is $5.00 per auto and includes use of the entire Scenic Area for one day.

Devil's Churn at Cape Perpetua, Yachats, Oregon Drive-to Viewpoints within this 2,700 acre Scenic Area include (from N to S) Devil's Churn, Cape Perpetua Overlook, and Cook's Chasm--look for signed turnouts on Hwy 101, 2 to 4 miles south of Yachats. Viewpoints are on the W side of the highway, except for Cape Perpetua Overlook.

For the Overlook, turn east off Hwy 101 at the Cape Perpetua Campground exit, and take an immediate left up Overlook Road to the summit. Place your pass or day-use permit on the vehicle dash. This is the highest point you can drive to on the Oregon coast.

West Stone Shelter, Cape Perpetua Wheelchair Accessible Points   in Cape Perpetua Scenic Area include the Visitors Center; the Cape Perpetua Overlook - including (with assistance) Whispering Spruce Trail, a half mile loop trail from the Overlook parking lot through the West Stone Shelter; and the viewpoint overlooking Devil's Churn. These are also among the best spots on the coast for spectacular panoramic ocean views. (map)

Additional nearby scenic points with wheelchair access include Alsea Bay Bridge & Interpretive Center (8 mi N), Beachside State Park (5 mi N), Smelt Sands State Recreation Site and the 804 Trail N (N end of town), Gerdemann Botanic Preserve Loop Trail (tours by appt), Yachats State Recreation Area and the 804 Trail S (W end of 2nd St, downtown), Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint (5 mi S), Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, beach area (14 mi S), Darlingtonia State Natural Site, a botanical wayside (21 mi S).

For more sites along Hwy 101, look for the wheelchair access symbols in Oregon Coast Mile-by-Mile magazine.


BIKING ROUTES & TRAILS

Yachats is located at the south end of Lincoln County and mid-point on the Oregon Coast Bike Route (PDF) that runs border to border on US 101 - a scenic All-American Road.

Lincoln County maintains eleven bicycle routes of varying lengths available nearby. See South Lincoln County Bike Routes (PDF). Along our city streets and oceanfront 804 Trail, Yachats (PDF) also offers opportunities for casual biking, and from the north end of town you can cycle for 7 miles on the beach between Yachats and Waldport at low tide, riding on compact wet sand.

For mountain and gravel biking, see the 10-mile Cummins Vista Mountain Biking Loop (PDF) or the 6.25 mile Cummins Creek Loop Trail (Geospatial PDF), which travels through old-growth forest in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, just 3 miles south of downtown. For more challenging options, see the dark30 Sports Abomination Route and Son of Abomination Route - the 71 mile and 33 mile rides of the Gravel Epic Bike Race. Also see the local cycling Blog, and for an overview, HikeBikePaddle.org.


WATER TRAILS (PDF)
Kayaking on the Alsea Slough
Bring your own kayak or canoe to explore the Alsea River Water Trail, the gentle Beaver Creek, Waldport's Eckman Lake or the little Yachats River. Note: The Kayak Shack at the Port of Alsea is closed for Summer 2016 and hopes to reopen in 2017 - stay posted. Motor boats are also available to rent from the docks at Port of Alsea.

About 35 miles south of Yachats you may rent a kayak, canoe, or paddle boat at Cleawox Lake in Honeyman State Park. Scuba divers like to explore the deeper neighboring Woahink Lake, which also has a boat ramp and is used for all kinds of watersports. Boating and other water sports may be enjoyed on several other lakes, on the Siuslaw River Water Trail in Florence and on the Yaquina River and Bay in Newport. Yachats is just a half hour's drive from Newport (on the north) and Florence (on the south). In addition, several central Oregon coast State Parks are considered great places for windsurfing or surfing, but beware of strong currents and sharks. FMI: Boating, Kayaking, Surfing... (PDF)

FISHING, CRABBING, CLAMMING: The dock at the Port of Alsea in Waldport is a popular crabbing spot, as is the Alsea Bay at low tide for clamming. Recreational fishing is enjoyed on all the central coast's rivers and estuaries, along the sandy ocean beaches, on Eckman Lake in Waldport, as well as on the many lakes in the Florence area. Ocean charter fishing boats are available from the docks in Newport. FMI: Fishing, Clamming, Crabbing (PDF)


WILDERNESS AREAS

Cummins Creek     Rock Creek     Drift Creek

The Siuslaw National Forest is home to three small wilderness areas featuring coastal forests of old growth Sitka spruce, western hemlock and Douglas fir. They include limited trails or no trail systems and offer limited overnight camping and hiking opportunities and quiet wilderness solitude. Observe Wilderness Guidelines & Regulations when visiting.

Storm Watch on the 804 Trail, Yachats Oregon


WINTER STORM WATCHING
& AGATE HUNTING


Whether you watch from an oceanfront bubbling jacuzzi or from the howling wind dressed in full raingear, a coastal winter storm inspires awe for mother nature.

Beachcomb for agates and other treasures
at low tide following a storm.



GUIDED WALKS, PADDLES AND TOURS

Cape Perpetua, Yachats Oregon


CAPE PERPETUA SCENIC AREA
3 miles south of downtown Yachats, the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center offers nature films, roving interpreters and summertime naturalist led walks and talks. The walks depart from the Visitors Center for old-growth coastal rain forest or for marine gardens - check for low tides. (map)



CAPE PERPETUA VISITOR CENTER HOURS:
10:00 to 5:30 Daily - May-Sept
10:00 to 4:00 Daily - Mar, Apr, Oct
10:00 to 4:00 Fri-Tues, Nov-Feb.

Discover Cape Perpetua on Facebook.
Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve on Facebook.

Walk with a Ranger every Monday at noon.

Stars Cove by Bob Keller Daily programs and activities
are announced at Cape Perpetua throughout summer. During July and August, Tidepool Discovery Days are scheduled to coincide with some of the lowest tides of the year. FMI, please call Cape Perpetua Visitors Center (541) 547-3289.

In the fall, guided mushroom walks are offered.
Lactarius Deliciosus by Dr. Matt TrappeFor the Yachats Village Mushroom Fest (held the 3rd Fri-Sun in October), renowned mycologists and forest ecologists join Cape staff to lead more than 20 beginning through intermediate and advanced level mushroom walks on Sat/Sun. (See Yachats Events).

Discovery Loop QUEST - Approximate round trip time - 1.5 hours.

Park Permits and Passports: the Pacific Coast Passport, NW Forest Pass, and Golden Passports are honored here and may be purchased in the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center. Without a pass, day-use permit is $5.00 per auto and includes use of the entire Scenic Area for one day.


Gerdemann Botanic Preserve THE GERDEMANN BOTANIC PRESERVE
This extraordinary private botanic preserve just north of town includes a public footpath that is open during daylight hours. Please Note: No Dogs are allowed in Gerdemann Botanic Preserve. April-June (during blooming season) guided tours are offered by advance appointment only. Please Email to schedule an appointment, gerdemanngarden@gmail.com.

 

Northern Spotted Owls - USFWS File PhotoAUDUBON TEN-MILE CREEK SANCTUARY TOURS
Learn about restoration and coastal temperate rain forest with Manager Paul Engelmeyer, (541)547-4227. Variable price for tour groups.

 


KAYAK TOURS ON BEAVER CREEK
(16 mi N of Yachats - from Beaver Creek Welcome Center)

Guided kayak tours on Beaver Creek are offered seasonally, where kayaks, life preservers, and paddles are provided. Tours run from July through Labor Day weekend, and are offered 5 days a week (no tours on Tuesdays or Wednesdays). All who register for the activity will begin the tour at the Beaver Creek Welcome Center. For more information or to make a reservation, please call: (541) 563-6413 or visit the welcome center during normal business hours. Reservations accepted beginning June 1; please call between 10 am - 4 pm.


Heceta Lighthouse, just south of Yachats Oregon

HECETA LIGHTSTATION TOURS
(14 mi south of Yachats on Hwy 101)

Lighthouse Tours:
Tours are given daily March-Oct, 11-5.

Lightkeeper's House Tours:
Memorial Day-Labor Day, Th-Mon, 12-5

Hours of tours may vary depending upon the availability of volunteers.

Day use permit, $3 per vehicle, or show annual pass, or Oregon Coast Passport. Place your pass or day-use permit on vehicle dash. FMI, please see State Parks.

North of Yachats, 30 to 40 minutes by car, are 2 additional lighthouses, the Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head lighthouses.


HISTORIC ALSEA BAY BRIDGE INTERPRETIVE CENTER
(8 miles N of Yachats, 541-563-2002 or 1-800-551-6949)

Crab on Ice Photo Late June thru Labor Day Weekend:

Clamming, Crabbing, Fishing &
Shrimp Pump Demonstrations

offered during weekends as posted.
Equipment provided, first come, first serve.


FMI Ranger Clameron, 541-270-8480.




MORE OUTDOOR FUN WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE...

Geocaching in the Yachats Area

Golf on the central Oregon Coast    Golfing in
   Waldport
   Florence
   Newport




Discovery Tours boat Sea Life Cruises
Whale Watching and more...

Whale Watch Weeks
Interpretors posted along the Oregon Coast -
locally at Cape Perpetua and Cook's Chasm -
during Oregon Spring Break in March and
December 26 - Jan 1.


White Wolf Sanctuary - Visitors welcome by appointment, 541-528-3588. Located in Tidewater, about 10 mi. E of Waldport.

Scenic Helicoptor Tours out of Florence Municipal Airport
(541) 997-3270

Group Dune Buggy Horse Back Riding, Beach or Dunes Rides
(541) 997-7540

Sand Dune Buggy Rides

Sandboarding, like snow boarding but on sand
(541) 997-6006

Central Coast State Parks & Waysides - Yachats, N & S on Hwy 101

Lincoln County Parks

Lincoln County Natural History Information

Cape Perpetua and beyond...
Siuslaw National Forest
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Oregon State Parks Resources:
Beach Safety
Beach Safety Tips for Kids
Tidepools are Alive!
Guidelines for Pets in Parks


 

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