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Cape Perpetua on the Oregon Coast has much to offer year round

cape-logoTowering trees looming through a coastal fog. Frothy surf crashing upon jagged shores. Majestic headlands offering clear views for miles.

It all awaits you at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Located two miles south of Yachats, this coastal wonderland – where the forest meets the sea – captivates locals and visitors alike.

According to Forest Service officials, the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, located three miles south of Yachats, will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. beginning November 8 and running through February.

The center will be open every day the last two weeks of December, except Christmas and New Years, for whale watch week and holiday gift shopping.

trailphoto-smallThis winter's Whale Watch week is December 22 through December 31. Cape Perpetua provides a great venue to look for whales on wet, winter days. It is one of the few inside whale watching locations staffed by "Whale Watching Spoken Here" volunteers.

"Winter is a great time to enjoy the solitude of the forest and beaches at Cape Perpetua," said Lori Robertson, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Director. "Many people love to watch the winter storms or look for migrating whales from our cozy viewing area".

The visitor center will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

cape-smThe visitor center showcases interpretive exhibits about the Oregon Coast's rocky shoreline and Sitka Spruce old growth forest. It is also home to a bookstore offering educational books and gifts through Discover Your Northwest Interpretive Association.

Forest Service staff and volunteers are on hand to provide area information, interpretation and offer films of interest of the related ecosystem.

The Scenic area offers 26 miles of interconnected hiking trails through old-growth forests to the Pacific Ocean. Please check with the Visitor Center for current trail information and conditions.

For more information, contact Lori Robertson at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, 541-547-3289 or check the web for current information at