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Nature & Wildlife Areas
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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  • Kathy J
    Keizer, OR11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Hallmark Resort is located directly in front of Haystack Rock. Perfect location, easy walk to beach, weather was in the 60s and sunny blue skies, no crowds, great eats and comfortable bed.
    Written October 19, 2023
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  • tandmgroup
    Corpus Christi, TX231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend a quick stop, easy walk to the beach to go down to the ocean and look at the huge majestic rock!
    Written November 19, 2023
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  • whanaunz
    South Island, New Zealand12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a very nice time, and especially loved the glass tunnels and seeing otters being fed. The touch tank was popular with our children (6 - teen). The kids also ranked the souvenir pennies and whale jaw photo op higher that I would have expected. They also remember the groups of elderly people pushing kids out of their way to get to the front of the exhibits but we've explained that one can be ruthless when one's time is limited and it has become a funny family story.
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • Indy-ND
    South Bend, IN3,553 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the Astoria Column pretty early in the morning on a Saturday and that was a good idea. It wasn't busy yet, so we we could leisurely climb to the top and had plenty of space to wander around for picture in every direction. It's an excellent view.

    Do not skip out on the little gift shop. They had a really good selection of items for both Astoria and the Goonies. The guy running the place was really nice and telling us places to check out around town.

    We enjoyed our visit.
    Written January 26, 2024
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  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, OH4,683 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful drive through a green old growth forest brings you to a large parking lot. You need to pay $5 to park. We just walked up to the grassy area for a view of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean. Next we took a short trail to where there is an incredible view of Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Then we spotted a couple of elk on the way back out to the highway. We are so glad that we took the little side trip up from Cannon Beach.
    Written September 26, 2023
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  • Mel L
    Portland, OR260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be sure to visit the surrounding areas and trails! From tide pools to trails. There is more to see than just the lighthouse. Interpretive center is well done and very informative. Great volunteer staff!
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • James c
    Oklahoma City, OK186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was told this is the most photographed lighthouse in the world. I would say in Oregon 4 sure. The hike to the top of hill is very scenic especially the views of the beach below. Make sure you go all the way to the top, here you can see the top of the lighthouse. I would definitely spend time at the beach after.
    Note: you can only visit the 1st floor but you can go in the care takers house. I didn't have the time
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Mike P
    91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there at least 1 hour early before the King Tides so you can get a parking spot. Great viewing of the various wave responses.
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • Rosemary W
    Seattle, WA1,567 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very attractive park overlooking the ocean. The road passes through a beautiful forest. There are restrooms with running water. There is an observation building to look at the view while protected from the weather. There is also beach access.

    We visited the botanical garden. It's a formal garden with paths, flower beds, and a small pond. This (Sept/Oct) is not really the best time to see flowers in bloom, but there were some. The gardeners were in the process of preparing some of the beds for winter. Many pants have identifying abels. I was surprised to see palm trees and other species that don't seem suitable for this climate.

    #disability #accessibility
    Most of the paths seem wheelchair accessible, although some are seriously cracked or otherwise in disrepair. The pond in the garden is accessed via steps.
    Written October 5, 2023
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  • Indy-ND
    South Bend, IN3,553 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As avid photographers, my partner and I headed to Fort Stevens State Park to get some shots of the Peter Iredale. It was a Sunday evening and I expected the place to be someone relaxing. It was not. We had to park a good distance down the road and walk up to the beach, which was still packed. I guess I didn't quite get that the wreck was right at a big parking lot/beach entrance, so there were a bunch of people all around the wreck at all times. I did manage some good photos, but was a bit disappointed that I didn't do enough homework to know that you go there very early to get the best shots and sunset shots at the wreck are probably always busy in the summer.

    Still cool to see it in person though.
    Written January 26, 2024
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  • James c
    Oklahoma City, OK186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my many stops on oregon coast drive. The formation is alot bigger than the photos displayed. Its about 40 ft across and you cannot keep looking down at the hole...mesmerizing
    Written September 30, 2023
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  • Indy-ND
    South Bend, IN3,553 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's quite the bridge. Look in your review mirror as you drive up the hill from the Washington side. All you see is bridge and water. It's a memorable drive, like Mackinac, Golden Gate, and the Sunshine Skyway. It was an event, at least for me. It also takes a good picture.
    Written January 26, 2024
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