Cape Meares, Oregon

Historic Sites

Cape Meares Lighthouse. Located 10 miles west of Tillamook. Phone: 503-842-3182; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.469878 N; -123.968901 W.

Cape Meares Lighthouse

Scenic Byways

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway
Beginning in Astoria and traveling south to Brookings, this byway follows the entire scenic coastline along Highway 101. Experience the stunning scenery of the Pacific Ocean while discovering the charming coastal towns, lighthouses, aquariums, museums and other points of interest on your journey. Allow 10 to 12 hours driving time for the 363 mile (584.2km) scenic tour.

Three Capes Scenic Loop
35-mile byway off Highway 101 between Tillamook and Pacific City starting at Cape Kiwanda and continuing along Cape Meares and Cape Lookout.

State Parks

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: Lat: 45.21559 N; Long: -123.9697 W.

Cape Lookout State Park. 4293 Highway 101, Tillamook, OR 97141. Phone: 503-842-4981; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.36682 N; -123.962148 W.

Part of the Three Capes Scenic Loop, Cape Lookout is located between Netarts Bay and the Pacific Ocean on a sand spit. This is a pet-friendly park offering amazing ocean views with easy beach access. Over 8 miles of trails wind through a lush old-growth forest. For shorter hikes, take the nature trail that provides close-up views of native tree and plants with number markers.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. 4108 Highway 101, Tillamook, OR 97141. Phone: 503-842-3182; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.469878 N; -123.968901 W.

Part of the Three Capes Scenic Loop, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint features an 1890's Cape Meares lighthouse that you can tour, hiking and walking trails through old growth spruce trees including the "Octopus Tree". Viewing migrating whales is possible in the winter and spring.

Munson Creek Falls. Phone: 503-842-3182; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 45.365364 N; -123.804079 W.

Walk the short trail leading to the stunning Munson Creek Falls. Standing at 319 feet, this is the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range. Breathe the scent of ancient western red cedar and Sitka Spruce trees. Late fall through winter you can watch the waters for spawning salmon.

Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site. Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: Lat: 45.461173 N; Long: -123.970468 W.

Unique and Unusual

The Octopus Tree
Located in Cape Meares State Park, the octopus tree is an old growth spruce tree with branches growing like massive tentacles.

Wildlife Refuges

Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge
Located along the Three Capes Scenic Route approximately ten miles west of the town of Tillamook. Established in 1938 to protect coastal old growth forest. Huge sitka spruce and western hemlock, some over 200 feet tall and hundreds of years old, provide habitat for federally threatened bird species, including bald eagles.

Three Arch Rocks Refuge

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