Cape Perpetua Scenic Area


Towering 800 feet over the protected Marine Garden shoreline, the Cape Perpetua Headland is the highest viewpoint accessible by car on the Oregon Coast. On clear days, views extend 37 miles out to sea, and along 70 miles of coastline. Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, encompassing 2,700 acres of coastal habitat, was set aside for unique ecological characteristics found where the temperate spruce rainforest transitions to the sea.

Early explorer Captain James Cook first observed the headland in 1778 and named it after Saint Perpetua. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Cape Perpetua became a base camp for young men to learn skills. Many of the campgrounds, trails, and plantings you see are the work of the CCC.

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is open seven days a week most of the year, with reduced hours in the winter. Visitor Center staff and exhibits will guide you to the cultural and natural history of the area. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are available to answer questions and help plan your visit.

The area offers lots of great activities and adventures for families, including a mobile app to help explore the coastal forest, junior ranger programs, and more. Ranger-led programs and guided walks are available throughout the year, including winter and spring whale watch events. Be sure to check our news and events page frequently and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for event information and updates, or contact the Visitor Center for details at 541-547-3289.

The Scenic Area offers 26 miles of trail, featuring old-growth forests, Native American shell middens, the Devil’s Churn, tidepools and stunning views. Download a trail guide here. Área panorámica de Cape Perpetua folleto en español aquí

A link that takes you to a Cape Perpetua trail guide

Come explore

Tidepools, churns and spouting horns

Coastal forests and ocean views

Historical richness

Visitor Center

Would you like to share the wonders of Cape Perpetua with visitors? Volunteer at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center! Find out more from our volunteer page.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitor Center, main parking area, and some sites remaining temporarily closed.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.
Closest Towns:
  • Yachats, OR
  • Waldport, OR
Information Center: The Visitor Information Center offers a great panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Guided naturalist programs, walks, and interpretive exhibits are also available at the center.

Recreation Map

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