Things to Do in Yachats, Oregon

Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Central Coast

Little Log Church Museum

In downtown Yachats, find the historic Little Log Church Museum. Built by community volunteers with local timber hauled down the Yachats River, The Little Log Church was completed and dedicated in 1930. The church and property was sold to the...

328 3rd St.
Yachats, OR

541.547.3976

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Central Coast

Heceta Lighthouse Gift Shop

Located in the old generator room at Heceta Head Lightstation just below the lighthouse tower, the gift shop offers a variety of lighthouse and nautical gifts and apparel including cards by local artists and handcrafted holiday ornaments.  The storefront is open...

92071 Hwy 101
Yachats, OR

541-547-5490
Email us (giftshop[at]hecetalighthouse[dot]com[dot])

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Central Coast

Smelt Sands State Recreation Site

An excellent whale watching and photography viewpoint. Walk the historic 804 Trail (.75 miles one-way with resting benches scattered along the way). The park is known for tidepooling, rock fishing and the yearly smelt run (smelt are small, silvery relatives...

Yachats, OR

541-867-7451

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Central Coast

Cummins Creek Wilderness

The Cummins Creek Wilderness features the only old-growth Sitka Spruce forest in the Oregon Wilderness system. Overhung with alder and maple, Cummins and Bob Creeks drain west through this dense rainforest Wilderness, where Sitka spruce sometimes reach nine feet in...

Yachats, OR

541-563-8400
Email us (r6_siuslaw_wwweb_front_desk[at]usda[dot]gov)

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Central Coast

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Cape Perpetua is a large forested headland on the central Oregon Coast which projects into the Pacific Ocean. It’s part of the Siuslaw National Forest and it is a great place to experience towering trees looming through a coastal fog,...

2400 U.S. 101
Yachats, OR

(541) 547-3289

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Central Coast

Mari’s Books and…

Little bookshop with quality stock of previously enjoyed, gently used books, as well as some new books on the NYT bestseller list. Greeting cards, the photography of Paul Irvin and felted items by Kari Weltsi are also displayed and sold....

285 N Hwy 101
Yachats, OR

541-547-3022

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