What to do on the People’s Coast

  • Cape Arago Lighthouse

    Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

    Cape Arago is located 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay and North Bend off Hwy 101. It stands 100 feet above the ocean on an islet just off Gregory Point. The light atop the 44-foot-high tower was first illuminated in 1934 and is easily noticeable due to its distinct fog horn. Although newest in terms of service, earlier structures were built on this site in 1866 and 1908, both succumbing to weather and erosion. Hidden behind a guarded fence, Cape Arago is not open to the public.

  • Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park

    US 101, 14 miles N of Florence, Oregon 97439
    541-997-3641

    Washburne is located on the east side of Highway 101 with a buffer of native plants between you and the highway. The campsites are spacious. There are several trails of varying difficulty leading from the campsites to the beach, wildlife viewing areas and second-growth forests. A walking trail leads you under the highway to a five mile sandy beach and a day-use area, where you\'ll find space to watch whales, hunt agates, beachcombing and picnic.

  • Heceta Head Lighthouse

    Hwy 101 S
    Florence, Oregon 97439

    Named after Don Bruno de Heceta, a Spanish explorer, Heceta Head lighthouse is located north of Florence. This 56-foot tower was first lit in 1894. This lighthouse is 205 feet above the ocean and the light sits at the top of the 56' tower illuminated in 1894. A half-mile hike will lead visitors to this lighthouse, in addition to seabird nesting sites and nearby Bed and Breakfasts located in the assistant keeper's home. The short 1/2 mile hike to the top of the lighthouse from the parking lot is well worth the effort. The spectacular view makes it a great place to share a kiss or for a picnic. Open daily, May-September and Friday-Monday during March, April and October for tours.

  • Tillamook Forest Center

    45500 Wilson River Hwy
    Tillamook, Oregon 97141
    866-930-4646

    Find Yourself in the Forest at the Tillamook Forest Center. Are you ready for fun and adventure in the forest? The Tillamook Forest Center, Oregon's forest visitor and education center, beckons from the lush green landscape from the northern Coast Range. The Tillamook Forest Center is FREE and its exhibits and programs showcase the legacy of the Tillamook Burn and the public spirit behind the monumental reforestation effort which led to the Tillamook State Forest of today. Discover the power of fire through our award-winning film Legacy of Fire, the miracle of the salmon lifecycle, and the resilient, dynamic and productive nature of forests. Climb the 40 foot tall replica fire lookout tower where you can learn about the life of a lookout. Then stroll out onto the suspension bridge and peer into the rushing waters of the Wilson River.

  • Umpqua River Lighthouse

    Reedsport, Oregon 97467
    541-271-4631

    This lighthouse has a 65-foot tower, which started in 1890. It is located near Reedsport and Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. First illuminated in 1894, Umpqua River lighthouse gives off very distinct red and white flashes. Visitors can check out the inside of the lighthouse, nearby park, or Lake Marie.

  • Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

    Newport, Oregon 97365

    Yaquina Bay lighthouse was built in 1871 and is the second oldest standing lighthouse structure on the Oregon coast. In original service only from 1871 to 1874 before the commissioning of the nearby brighter Yaquina Head Light eliminated its necessity. It was re-lit and recognized as a privately maintained aid to navigation by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1996. The lens is 42 feet above ground level and 161 feet above sea level. Open as a museum daily, except for holidays.

  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse

    750 NW Lighthouse Dr #7
    Newport, Oregon 97365
    541-574-3100

    Yaquina Head has the tallest tower on the Oregon Coast, and its 93-foot-high tower stands at 162 feet above sea level. This is the only lighthouse in Oregon with a marble floor. Illuminated in 1873 its automated light serves as aid to navigation along seacoast and at entrance to Yaquina Bay. Yaquina Head is open to the public is surrounded by the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and offers an up-close and personal view of seabird nesting areas. Natural area exhibits and trails to tide pools in the area too.

  • Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center

    Waldport, Oregon 97365
    541-563-2002
  • Alsea River

    Waldport, Oregon 97394
  • Beachside State Recreation Site

    Waldport, Oregon 97301
    541-563-3220
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