Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, in the heart of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area 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
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 like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notifications of programs and events throughout the year, or contact the Visitor Center for details at 541-547-3289.
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area offers 26 miles of trail, many starting from the Visitor Center. Trails feature old-growth forests, Native American shell middens, the Devil’s Churn, tidepools and stunning views. Download a trail guide here.
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.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Fall/Winter/Spring: 10:00am to 4:00pm, 7 days a week.|
Visitor Center Hours*Fall/Winter/Spring: 10:00am to 4:00pm, 7 days a week. Summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 10:00am to 4:00pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. Trails and viewpoints remain open dawn to dusk, even when the visitor center is closed. *Visitor Center may be closed on federal holidays, or during severe weather events. Call 541-547-3289 to confirm.
|Fees:||$5/vehicle/day or valid recreation pass|
|Restrictions:||Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.|
|Closest Towns:||Yachats, OR|
|Passes:||Recreation passes may be used as a form of fee payment|
|Operated By:||Siuslaw National Forest|
Located two miles south of Yachats, OR on Highway 101 or 11 miles south of Waldport, OR on Highway 101.
Wheelchair accessible deck.
Click here for information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Cape Perpetua 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.
|Special Feature||Scenic coastal forest & views of the Pacific Ocean|
Interpretive programs including short movies, presentations, and guided hikes. Check our News and Events page, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, or contact the Visitor Center for details at 541-547-3289.
Interpretative programs in the summer include themed hikes on the most scenic popular trails, ranger-led interpretive talks, and Jr. ranger evening programs from June through August. Other programs continue throughout the winter including mushroom identification and bird watching.
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.