In the Siletz language Yachats (Yah-hots) means “dark water at the foot of the mountain”. This cozy little town has been voted a top destination along the Oregon coast by travel writers for many years.
There is evidence thru radiocarbon dating that Native Americans have inhabited this area since 570 AD and as I experienced this magnificent coast I can understand why they chose to live here.
The first time we visited the area we stayed at Sea Perch RV Resort. It was a very nice, very well maintained resort and one of the more expensive places we have stayed, the hosts were helpful getting us settled into our site.
We also stayed at Tillicum Beach Campground. This campground was very nice and well maintained, it’s also on our “favorites” list.
There are places you experience in your lifetime that create a sense of wonder and perspective and the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area in the Siuslaw National Forest is one of those places for me. The visitors center was a great place to get information and the viewing area is awesome.
There are several hikes that will take you thru beautiful forests and scenic vistas.
The highlight is taking the trail or drive up to the Western Shelter.
They say on a clear day you can see 70 miles of coast and 37 miles out to sea.
Heading south along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (Hwy 101), there are so many places to stop and enjoy the beautiful ocean views.
One of the coolest spots to stop and stretch your legs is the Spouting Horn/Thors Well Scenic Area. The best time to view the area is during high tides and storms and one hour before and after high tide. I could spend hours watching the waves gently roll in, then with so much power and force crash onto the coastline, it’s incredible!
A few miles south of Spouting Horn, Thors Well and Cooks Chasm is Neptune State Park. There are isolated sandy beaches and coves, a natural cave and tide pools you can explore at low tide. There is great agate hunting here too!
North of Yachats in Newport is the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Outstanding Natural Area. The lighthouse began operation in 1873 and is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon standing 93 feet tall.
Try to signup for the tour at the interpretive center, it’s an interesting and entertaining experience and the view from the top of the lighthouse is fantastic😍!
Our favorite place to stop when visiting the area is Yachats Brewing and Farmstore. Their delicious menu is seasonal and they pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients. They have an excellent selection of beers, ciders and even kombucha.
I know we only touched the surface of things to do in and around Yachats and we look forward to visiting this area again, I hope you will too!