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 May thru September (see open hours below) (Please be advised park may be closed during wind events. Hours subject to emergency closures). For more information please visit OPRD Cape Meares State scenic Viewpoint website at OPRD.org. 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.
Is there a ghost??? Find out when you visit.
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint & National Wildlife Refuge is open 365 days a year. 7 a.m. to dusk.
The Lighthouse will be re-opening May 1, 2018.
Hwy 131 - As you are driving south on Hwy 101, turn right onto Hwy 131, previously Third St.
Travel through the town of Netarts and continue on to Oceanside. Keep to the right as you near Oceanside and continue on Cape Meares Loop for 2 miles to the Lighthouse.
Watch for signage along the way!
Contact Cape Lookout State Park PHONE (503) 842-3182 for further information.
If you would like to learn more about Tillamook County, the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce is an excellent resource.
Click here to visit their web site - www.tillamookchamber.org
April 2018: The last storm contained high winds that knocked over a large Sitka Spruce across the trail. With a 30ft. root wad, the trail is currently impassable.
State Park workers will be on location to remove this large tree. Due to the location it will be a lengthly process and we do not have an estimated time of reopening.
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P.O. Box 262, Netarts, OR 97143,