Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is located 10 miles west of Tillamook, Oregon on the north end of the beautiful Three Capes Scenic Route. The park is open daily, throughout the year, from 7 am to dusk with no day use fee. The trail head to the Big Spruce, Oregon's largest Sitka Spruce, is located near the park entrance. Features within the park include Cape Meares Lighthouse, an informational kiosk, interesting viewpoints where visitors can view off-shore rocks for native birds and the annual whale migration, the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, nature trails, and the Octopus Tree, an Oregon Heritage Tree. A picnic area that can accommodate small groups is located adjacent to the parking area plus picnic tables are situated in the center of the parking circle. Cape Meares Lighthouse is open daily April through October from 11 am to 4 pm. A wide, asphalt trail that is wheelchair accessible, provides easy access to the lighthouse. However, please be advised the steepness of the path makes the walk back to the parking lot seem twice as long for the person pushing the wheelchair. Benches are conveniently located along the path to enjoy the scenery as well as an alternative return path to the south, where you may enjoy the scenery (or catch your breath). Admittance to Cape Meares Lighthouse is free. An Interpretive Gift Shop is located in the previous work room of the lighthouse and features items related to lighthouses, the sea, wildlife, wild flowers and souvenirs to remember your visit to Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. Donations and proceeds from the Interpretive Shop are used to enhance the park.
Closed when we went in June and there was no sign until the last second.
The big spruce is actually 2nd largest. Another to the north is documented at: http://www.mdvaden.com/klootchy_spruce.shtml
The octopus tree is one of the most interesting things in the park. The views are very nice.
Oregon has so many nice parks, my 3 rating is compared to all the rest. So average is still very good.
I have been to this light house twice. The first time we missed the little gift shop being open.
It is just beautiful. Nice walk around the area.
Across the parking is a trail head (easy walk) to the Octopus tree. You should check that out.
We visit this location every time we go to Tillamook.
Small light house with some Nice view
Located near Three Capes Scenic Loop, Cape Meares was constructed in 1888. It is the shortest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, with a 38-foot tower. Visitors can take various trails to reach the lighthouse, as well as viewing areas with Stelllar Sea Lions and various seabirds.
We went out to Cape Meares to view the Puffins - unfortunately the population has declined because of the huge number of Bald Eagle that have come to the area. On the plus side - there are a huge number of bald eagles to see! All in all - it is a beautiful lighthouse set along the coast. Careful visiting early spring as the fog can sometimes make for low visibility.
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