Explore the Cape Meares Lighthouse


Added by Ben Beyers

Wander this park for amazing panoramic views of the Oregon Coast

This historic site served as a major lighthouse for years and was turned into a scenic viewpoint offering some rad views of the Oregon Coast.  

The park is located only about 10 miles west of Tillamook. The parking lot has limited space so get there as early as you can. 

The Cape Meares lighthouse sits about 38ft above the water and is only a 0.2 mile walk from the parking lot.  While there is no access inside lighthouse itself, you can walk around it and take in the views.  

Walking about another a 0.3 miles from the lighthouse through the moss covered forest will get you to the Octopus Tree. This spruce is shaped like an octopus and is believed to be about 300 years old. 

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Easy Parking
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Picnic Area



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Great stop

This is a wonderful stop! Cool area to explore, plus the Octupus Tree is a lot of fun. Love the Oregon coast!

Great place to visit

Awesome spot to watch for migrating whales. It actually sits over 200 feet above the water. Quite the view!


Been here a couple times when weā€™ve camped nearby. The tour of the lighthouse is super fun!!

Great short family excursion

Perfect short hikes for our big family group with lots of little. Lighthouse is interesting. Was actually open for tours when we went in July. Park Rangers we very informative about the regional lighthouse and their history. Do the short hike to the octopus tree and Three Arches viewpoint.

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