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“Stunning scenery”

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Yachats
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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480 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
“Stunning scenery”
Reviewed September 14, 2011

Great views and trails. Don't miss it if you are in the area.

Visited September 2011
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Just breathtaking. Want to stay here forever and drink in the majesty

Visited August 2011
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Portland, Oregon
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“Staggeringly beautiful scenery, forest & sea”
Reviewed July 30, 2011

Where else could you go to hike in an old growth forest; enjoy stunning, cliff-top ocean vistas; explore richly populated tidepools; & watch grey whales, sea lions, & harbor porpoises just off-shore? Cape Perpetua has it all!
The viewpoints, visitor center, & some of the pathways are wheelchair accessible.
One of the hiking trails, Cummins Creek, is open to mountain bikes.
Hikers can take a short, 2-mile hike to view a giant, old-growth spruce or embark on a more ambitious, 9-mile loop along two scenic ridges, or, there are numerous options in between.
The Devil's Churn tidepools in the scenic area are the best in the state, from my experience, if you're willing to make the somewhat precarious traverse around the churn.
If you're driving north from Florence or south from Newport, Cape Perpetua is not to be missed!
There is a $5.00 parking fee, or display your Oregon Coast Pass, if you have one.

Visited July 2011
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San Francisco, CA
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“One of the best views of the Oregon Coast...in an uncongested area”
Reviewed June 18, 2011

Three things to do here in the lovely part of the Oregon coast:
1. Go to the 900 foot tall observation point. breath-taking views of the coast.
2. Camp in one of the most beautiful campgrounds in America. Cape Perpetua Campground Reserve it online and be sure to ask for site #14
3. Hike the old growth forest there and see the 500-year-old tree.

Visited June 2011
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Oregon Coast
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“A lot of beauty packed into a small area”
Reviewed September 18, 2010

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area includes everything from tidepools at the edge of the ocean ... to a dramatic cleft in the rocks where the waves come crashing in ... to coastal rain forests and an 800 foot high headland.

There are over 20 miles of hiking trails here. But you don't have to be a hiker to enjoy this place - much of it can be seen with short easy walks on level paved surfaces.

The main attractions here are the top of the Cape, Devil's Churn, the Spouting Horn and the visitor's center. There is also a rustic campground, tucked back along Cape Creek.

The drive to the top of the Cape is a fairly easy drive in a car, pickup, or small motorhome but is not recommended for any type of larger motorhome or trailers. Once at the top, park and take the short walk out to the stone shelter. This was used as a lookout point during WWII, and on a clear day, you can see 70 miles!

Devil's Churn is a cleft in the rock where the waves come whooshing in. It is particularly spectacular at high tide. There is a paved footpath to the edge, and those more adventurous can walk down closer to the water.

The Spouting Horn is just to the south of the Cape, and there is a large pull-out area for parking. You can walk along the paved path to see it without having to scramble over the rocks. The "spout" is when the waves come in to a hollow in the rocks and push upwards through a small opening in the top, thus creating a spout similar to a whale's. Again, it is more dramatic when the tide is high.

If you are a hiker, there are many trails. Stop into the visitor's center and get a map. The Giant Spruce trail is about 2 miles round trip, rated moderate, and you can see a huge spruce tree about 600 years old. It is really immense!

It is easy to spend half a day here, and in many ways Cape Perpetua is the epitome of the classic rugged Oregon coast scenery :-)
Judging from the previous reviews, the reviews for this attraction used to be in the wrong location.
However, everything is now correct as this attraction is located about 2 miles south of the small town of Yachats on the central Oregon coast.

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