Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

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Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Overview

A must-see when driving the Three Capes Scenic route, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland 200 feet above the ocean. Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda are the other two capes on this route. Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting common murres (the site is one of the most populous colonies of nesting sea birds on the continent). Bald eagles and a peregrine falcon have also been known to nest near here. The park features tours of an 1890s lighthouse, the Sallie Jacobson Interpretive kiosk and interpretive panels at key viewpoints. Cape Meares has over 3 miles of hiking trails and a mile-long walking trail that winds through old-growth spruce trees (including the uniquely-shaped Octopus Tree). In winter and spring, this park is an excellent location for viewing whale migrations.

Map of Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.469878, -123.968901

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Cape Meares has over 3 miles of hiking trails and a mile-long walking trail that winds through old-growth spruce trees (including the uniquely-shaped Octopus Tree).

  • Historic Sites

    The park features tours of an 1890s lighthouse, the Sallie Jacobson Interpretive kiosk and interpretive panels at key viewpoints.

    Cape Meares Lighthouse is closed for the season. Open April 1-30, 11 a.m-4 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. May 1-Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Free admission.

  • Picnicking

    Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting common murres. Bring a picnic and come see them, as well as migrating whales.

  • Water Sports

    The beach access of this park allows for a variety of activities, including surfing, boating, kayaking, and swimming.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round; however, the lighthouse closed for the season.

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Directions

Driving

Off US 101, 10 miles west of Tillamook.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 551-6949

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