The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center has a phenomenal view of the ocean from inside, and from the wheelchair accessible deck. Open seven days a week most of the year, the visitor center staff can answer questions and help you plan your trip. Daily interpretive programs including short movies and guided hikes are available in the summer. A Discover Your Northwest bookstore sells books, postcards, and a variety of unique souvenirs.
Visitor Center Activities
Contact the Visitor Center for details on ranger-led programs and daily updates at (541) 547-3289. You can also visit our website for news and events and like us on Facebook.
Ranger-led Programs Summer 2016
Join our field rangers for guided adventures every Saturday and Sunday, June 1 - September 4 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Retired chief park ranger and interpretive naturalist Michael Noack leads leisurely 30- to 60-minute hikes along easy-to-moderate trails surrounding the Visitor Center Mondays at noon. Details
The visitor center runs on volunteer power!
If you would you like to volunteer at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center find out more from our volunteer page.
Click here for information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests.
At a Glance
Open 7 days a week.
Beginning September 5, 2016: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week
Trails and viewpoints remain open dawn to dusk, even when the visitor center is closed.
All activities are free, but a valid federal recreation pass is needed or can be purchased at the Visitor Center for $5/vehicle/day
Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.
Scenic coastal forest & views of the Pacific Ocean
Staffed year round; guided hikes; displays
Interpretive programs including short movies and guided hikes are available. Contact the Visitor Center for details on ranger-led programs and daily updates at (541) 547-3289 or check our Facebook page for events.
Interpretative programs in the summer include themed hikes on some of the more scenic and popular trails. Programs continue throughout the winter including mushroom identification and bird watching.
Look for migrating grey whales during spring and winter Whale Watch weekends.
Tidepool Discovery Days
During summer weekends with especially low tides, naturalists are at the tidepools to share the wonders of the tidepools and the life forms that inhabit them.
Beach Access Limited to Protect Snowy Plovers March 15 - Sept 15
Beach access near plover nesting areas is limited during their breeding season, March 15 - September 15. In these areas, dry sand beach is CLOSED to entry. Within most plover nesting areas, dogs (on and off leash), kites (including drones), motorized vehicles, non-motorized vehicles (including bicycles) are prohibited in both dry and wet sand beach.
Find geo-referenced PDFs on our mobile friendly trail map download page