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“Cooble Beach is Amazing!”

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Beautiful and amazing Cobble Beach! You will not believe the sound of those basalt rocks tumbling when the waves pull back! ONLY issue...flies....lots of them - made my visit lots shorter - but was SO glad I went!

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Yaquina Head is one of my favorite spots to visit in Newport with the Tall lighthouse, and full views of the ocean, great for whale watching or just enjoying the views from the viewing area, or even from the top of the lighthouse.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Terrible place overall, we had dozens of flies flying around and landing on us constantly-literally clouds of flies-and the cobble rocks made it extremely difficult to walk and keep your footing.

While we were there it was very foggy so we didn't see much wildlife except for some birds, pelicans, and of course the unrelenting swarms of flies.

The tide pool itself only had muscles and sea anenomes and not much else.

Overall, not worth the time, seven bucks to get in, nor the walk down.

Thank LindsayRWil
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Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

I don't know if there are certain times of the year or certain weather conditions that attract flies, but the day we went to the tide pools made us feel like we were under attack. The flies were swarming and made it impossible to enjoy this beautiful area. The fog was quite thick, but we could still make out outlines of birds, and we spent about 10 minutes exploring the tidepools, but being attacked by flies drove us out quickly. We spent less than a half hour in this "must see" landmark. I'm not one to normally write negative reviews, but we were sadly disappointed with our visit.

Thank Lauren W
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Awesome views from everywhere, lots of places to walk, very nice interpretive center, wildlife, Quarry Cove sometimes has seals sunning themselves, sometimes surfers to watch from the south viewpoints. The Salal Trail has a 360 degree view at the top and it is not as strenuous as it appears to be. wonderful wildflowers. I have a parks pass, a great way to go.

Thank NorthwestMermaid
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