A must-see when driving the Three Capes Scenic route, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland over 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 are frequently seen in this area, and peregrine falcons 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 three miles of hiking trails and a mile-long walking trail that winds through old-growth spruce trees, including the uniquely-shaped "Octopus Tree". A short quarter mile hike from a turn-off at the park entrance will bring you to the largest Sitka spruce tree in the state of Oregon. In winter and spring, this park is an excellent location for viewing whale migrations. During the summer, resident whales can be seen from Cape Meares along with seals and sea lions that are often seen and heard.
Cape Meares Lighthouse
The inside of the lighthouse is open mid April to mid October yearly. Admission and tours are free, require no reservations and are during the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. For the months of April and October the lighthouse may only be open on the weekends, depending on staffing. During the summer months (May – September) the lighthouse is open 7 days a week. The base of the lighthouse tower, including a small gift shop, is fully open during these hours. The lighthouse tower is also open for tours, no backpacks, or children being carried are allowed up the tower for the safety of visitors and the tower.