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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
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From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest...

From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.

The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland.

Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home.

Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store.

Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.

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This area is so much more than just the lighthouse! They have a nice interpretive center with a great short movie about the lighthouse and other displays relevant to the area, a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This area is so much more than just the lighthouse! They have a nice interpretive center with a great short movie about the lighthouse and other displays relevant to the area, a couple of spots to park, view and walk and of course the lighthouse to visit. I was surprised at the trails in the area. For those who like... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A good place to visit...I would wait for when it is not raining. Free parking and great for photo's...Good for kids

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Toledo, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our favorite places in Newport, Oregon! The lighthouse is beautiful, and if you to the visitor center fairly early in the day, you can sign up for a guided tour inside (and to the top). The tour involves a historically dressed tour guide who explains things from the original time period of the working lighthouse. It's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The views from this area is amazing. On our drive up we saw some hard core surfers braving the cold and harsh waves to catch a ride. The light house is beautiful and well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love coming here to hike and enjoy the incredible views! Definitely stop and read all the info signs that around at overlooks and along trails. Kids love to learn all about the land and history. Have fun its magnificent!

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great views and really enjoyed waling around, seeing the sights, the views are awesome even on a cloudy day..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Steep entry fee for $7 to that goes to the state to maintain. We didn't go during low tides to check out the tide pools like many recommended, but the scape was beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our third trip to the central coast, husband and I went to the lighthouse on a whim, and truly enjoyed the experience. The Interpretive center was very interesting and informative, and the volunteer at the desk was knowledgeable and helpful. We signed up for the tour and spent a little time walking around before heading to the lighthouse. There... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We visited this lighthouse in June. It's a gorgeous spot, and offers great view for photos, and for bird watching, hiking and taking in the natural scenery. The hike above the lighthouse offers great views. If you hit the timing right, you can get a guided tour. Hike down the steep stairs to the water (watch out for the kiddos... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

During the warm months, this is a beautiful scene but the birds can offer a pungent view. The lighthouse offers some magnificent photos at sweet light moments. Bring a fish eye inside the lighthouse to harness the beauty of the fresnel prism. Hiking is great.

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