Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

This listing is provided by The Oregon Coast

Cape Perpetua is a must-visit along this section of the Oregon Coast. Overlooking the protected Marine Garden shoreline, the Cape Perpetua Overlook Day Use Area is the highest viewpoint accessible by car along the Oregon Coast. The winding, tree-shaded drive leads to an awe-inspiring overlook at 800 ft (244 m). On clear days, views from the overlook can extend far out to sea and along the coastline.

The park is magical with towering trees looming through coastal fog and frothy surf crashing upon jagged shores. Near the base of the park is the visitor center which has a small museum. Occasionally you can catch lectures on marine topics here. 

There are three hiking trails that begin at the day-use area, featuring the Whispering Spruce Trail that is wheel-chair accessible. Starting from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, the Giant Spruce Trail is an easy 2 mile (3.2 km) point to point hike through lush forest leading to a 500 year old Sitka spruce. The giant spruce is more than 185 ft (56 m) in height and 40 ft (12 m) in diameter. The trail begins by following along side Cape Creek gently climbing up the narow valley. There are a number of Sitka spruce trees lining the trail that will feel tiny in comparison to the giant spruce. 

Located two miles (3.22 km) south of Yachats, this coastal wonderland — where the forest meets the sea — captivates locals and visitors alike. Restrooms and water can be found at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, located at the bottom of Cape Perpetua Lookout Rd. There is a vault toilet but no drinkable water at the overlook. There is a $5 day-use fee or a valid recreation pass required.