Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

  General Advisory 10/12/16
The Three Cape Scenic Route is closed just north of Cape Meares. Visitors can still access Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint and Lighthouse by following Highway 131 through Netarts and Oceanside. From Oceanside follow the signs for Cape Meares. Please do not follow GPS directions for Bay Ocean Road, you will not be able to access Cape Meares State Scenic viewpoint. A mud slide has washed out the road between Cape Meares Lighthouse and Cape Meares Lake. The Lighthouse (and gift shop) are closed for the winter season and will reopen in May 2020. Park grounds are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Major Features & Activities

  • Blue Indicates that some, but not all, facilities are accessible.
Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms Flush
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife (ADA)
  • Exhibit Information

A must-see when driving the Three Capes Scenic route, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland over 200 feet above the ocean. Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda are the other two capes on this route. Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting common murres. The site is one of the most populous colonies of nesting sea birds on the continent. Bald eagles are frequently seen in this area, and peregrine falcons have also been known to nest near here.

The park features tours of an 1890s lighthouse, the Sallie Jacobson Interpretive Kiosk, and interpretive panels at key viewpoints.  Cape Meares has over three miles of hiking trails and a mile-long walking trail that winds through old-growth spruce trees, including the uniquely-shaped "Octopus Tree". A short quarter mile hike from a turn-off at the park entrance will bring you to the largest Sitka spruce tree in the state of Oregon. In winter and spring, this park is an excellent location for viewing whale migrations. During the summer, resident whales can be seen from Cape Meares along with seals and sea lions that are often seen and heard.

Cape Meares Lighthouse
The inside of the lighthouse is open May to September yearly.  Admission and tours are free, require no reservations and are during the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours on the weekends starting in June running through August hours are 11:00 6:00 pm. Each day the lighthouse is closed from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  The base of the lighthouse tower, including a small gift shop, is fully open during these hours. The lighthouse tower is also open for tours, no backpacks, or children being carried are allowed up the tower for the safety of visitors and the tower. Service animals are permitted in the gift shop. For more information please call Cape Lookout State Park at 503-842-3182.