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“Best at high tide but always interesting”
Review of Devil's Churn

Devil's Churn
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Yachats
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Owner description: Tidal Pools along Oregon Coast Highway
Oregon Coast
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“Best at high tide but always interesting”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

Devil's Churn is best seen at high tide. This is a big cleft in the rocks where the ocean waves rush in, splash up into the air, then whoosh back out.

We walked down the paved pathway to get a closer look. I suggest wearing walking shoes, not sandals! If you are reasonably fit you can get quite close to the waves.

The surrounding area is lovely and is part of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. There is off street parking as well as restrooms. If they are not too busy, there is usually room for RVs.

Devil's Churn is easy to find as it's located right on Highway 101, where the road makes a sharp turn. There is another paved viewpoint a mile or so south where you can also see lots of splashing waves and sometimes a blowhole - that is Cook's Chasm - so don't confuse the two places!

This is an interesting place to visit even at low tide, but we like to catch it at high tide for the most dramatic waves. If you are lucky enough to visit during a winter higher tides it's really incredible.

Visited May 2012
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Awesome.”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

Brief visit on a roadtrip. Well worth the stop, have some great photos. Get out of the car...take a short walk and take in the fantastic coast of Oregon.

Visited April 2012
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Eugene, Oregon
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“Beautiful scenery”
Reviewed May 13, 2012

great for a stop on a day trip or an exteneded vacation.

Visited May 2012
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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fun to see”
Reviewed May 11, 2012

This is one that is much better seen at high tide, though the Oregon coast is so spectacular that it's worth being there practically any time in any weather. Well, I guess that is if you love the sea, as I do! Devil's churn is just one of the cool formations along the coast where the water rushes in and crashes on the rocks, then goes swirling back out with each swell. It's a really awesome spectacle.

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Reedsport, Oregon
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed May 1, 2012

Wave crashing up the gorge. Beautiful views. Clean facilities. Wonderful trails.

Visited March 2012
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