Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

a panoramic view from the deck of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center


Due to staffing challenges regarding COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and state guidance on recommended size gatherings the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is closed until further notice. The health & safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. 

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.

photo showing ocean spray at Devils Churn tidepool visitors


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.

A link that takes you to a Cape Perpetua trail guide

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: To meet social distancing guidelines from the Centers Disease Control and the building a safe & strong Oregon direction from the State this site has been temporarily closed.
Operational Hours:

*Due to staffing challenges regarding COVID-19 and the new Center for Disease Control and state guidance the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is closed until further notice. The health & safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is our top priority.*

Visitor Center Hours*

 Fall/Winter/Spring: 10:00am to 4:00pm, 7 days a week Summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 9:30am to 4:30pm, 7 days a week 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
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.
Closest Towns: Yachats, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Toilet (1)
Passes: Recreation passes may be used as a form of fee payment
Operated By: Siuslaw National Forest

General Information


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.

Recreation Map

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