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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR
Phone Number: 541 574 3100
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Activities: Hiking
Description: From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest...
From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland. Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store. Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.
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Stunning views, beautiful lighthouse.

We didn't go to the top but we did walk around it and hiked down to the beach. It was a stunning view. We saw cormorants and harbor seals very close to the beach. Amazing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Granite FAlls, WA
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Granite FAlls, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We didn't go to the top but we did walk around it and hiked down to the beach. It was a stunning view. We saw cormorants and harbor seals very close to the beach. Amazing.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This light house was beautiful! We hiked up a big hill and saw the ocean far and wide! We saw some seals also while we were at the lighthouse!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful lighthouse and headland. Great tidal pool to visit. Photographer delight! Federal site so a Golden Age pass gets car in free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I've seen 300+ lighthouses, (USA, Canada, Ireland) and got to go inside a few dozen of them, but this lighthouse tour put the visit to Yaquina Head way above all of them! The gentleman who did the tour dressed in period garb from when the lighthouse was newly built, and made us feel like we were in the day too,... More 

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

it's right outside Newport and just a a 1-2 minute drive from the 101. Admission is $7 per car but it's well worth it. We arrived late in the day so tours of the lighthouse were done and the visitor center was about to close so we did not get to see either. It's a beautiful area, rather small in... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Today was incredibly windy. We couldn't go walk on the beach or everyone would have been eating sand. The lighthouse was closed, but the views are unbeatable. Also, it was calm and nice down the quarry cove road, and you can hear the waves crashing on the rocks. We've been down to the tide pools at low tide on a... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This was a spontaneous stop, and we're glad we did it. While we were out on the point by the lighthouse, a whale was cruising around. Then down to the cobble beach, which is really cool … the sound made is unique. This beach is like no other we've encountered on this trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The wind was blowing crazy there. I recommend having warm clothing. Easy access to the beach with cool sea life and rocks.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We did not get there early enough to get the time slot we needed to walk to the top. So disappointing. However, the grounds are beautiful and (at low tide) I hear lots of marine life is visible. We were there at high tide, but got to see 2 gray whales.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great area -- run by national forest service -- and with volunteers to help out at the tide pools/lighthouse. Great views and worth a visit.

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