“Yachats” (pronounced YAH-hots) is derived from the Chinook Indian word, Yahuts, meaning “dark waters at the foot of the mountain.” Nestled between the lush forested mountains of the Coast Range and the lapping waves of the Pacific Ocean, Yachats is the ideal spot for rest, recreation, and romance. The quiet unhurried atmosphere of this tiny (population 635) resort village offers vacationers a unique alternative to the hustle of city life and impersonal quality of a large coastal community.
Among the many activities you’ll find in Yachats are beachcombing, strolling and tidepooling, hiking trails and bike routes, wheelchair accessible trails, whale watching, bird watching, art galleries, shopping and dining, golf and horseback riding, fishing, clamming, crabbing, sand dune climbing, dune buggy rides, airplane rides, winter storm watching and there are five State Parks and numerous nearby waysides.
As so many others have discovered, the little village with the big smile will become the place you will want to return to again and again. Whether you stay for a day, a week, or a month, you, too, will find Yachats irresistible.
Yachats Covered Bridge
The Yachats Covered Bridge was built in 1938 over the North Fork of the Yachats River in south Lincoln County, and was also built by Otis Hamer. It was Hamer’s last bridge and is one of the shortest in Oregon, measuring 42 feet in length. The timber construction of this bridge is of Queenpost Truss style, and its flared sides result from the buttresses underneath the siding. The Yachats Bridge also features ribbon openings under the roofline to allow light to enter inside, at the center of the bridge. The bridge was rebuilt buy Two G’s Construction and rededicated on Dec. 16, 1989. The renovation included updated construction techniques, new concrete piers and footings, and zinc strips on the roof to prevent the growth of moss. Though open to vehicles, the Yachats Bridge is closed to large RVs and trucks. The weight limit is 15 tons. HOW TO GET THERE: from Yachats drive east seven miles on Yachats River Road. Turn left just beyond a cement bridge. Then drive for two miles up the north fork of the Yachats River and you will come to the bridge.
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
The U.S. Forest Service maintains the Cape's 26 miles of hiking trails through coastal mature and old growth rain forests, to breathtaking vistas, tidepools and the beach. The viewpoints and trails are open to the public year round. Some of the trails are wheelchair accessible, one is suitable for mountain biking, and all provide opportunities for birding. The Forest Service at Cape Perpetua also offers interpretive walks and operates a Visitors Center with naturalist programs and interactive exhibits.
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Visit a slice of paradise along the spectacular Oregon Coast. View spectacular sunsets from your oceanfront room. In front of your room, sandy coves reveal agates, driftwood and tide pools. Giant boulders push into the ocean, wave's crash into coves, and fissures spray foam high in the air. A path follows the ocean to a long sandy beach. Share this spectacular setting in Yachats with your loved ones, be they human or pet.
Speaker in the Parlor Series
Listen to a guest presenter share historical stories of life as a lightkeeper at Heceta Head Lightstation while you nibble on freshly baked pastries at the Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast. Topics will include Captain "Cap" Herman’s personal journal entries from his time as lightkeeper, letters from a school teacher who taught in the small schoolhouse down by Cape Creek and an overview of logbook entries from the Head Lightkeeper’s logbook that was found at the National Archives in Washington D.C. These tales and stories about the families and visitors will no doubt spark interest as guests gather round in the home’s warm, intimate setting. Reservations required.Visit Website
Yachats Big Band Dance
Listen, dance or both to the swingin’ sounds of the Yachats Big Band. Come out for this 17-piece band on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month from 7 to 9 p.m.
Suggested Donation: Adults $5.00; children under 12 free.Visit Website
Yachats Open Mic Night
Yachats Open Mic Night for music, poetry, prose, performances is held every 3rd Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Green Salmon Coffee Co.Visit Website