On the beautiful Oregon Coast, Cape Meares State Park Scenic Viewpoint is surrounded by Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge and is a great place to enjoy observing a variety of wildlife. The park contains almost 241 acres of beautiful landscape on the Oregon Coast.
The cliff stands 200 feet above the ocean and has spectacular views of nesting seabirds and whales, seals, and sea lions during summer months. Even peregrine falcons and bald eagles have been known to rest in the area. If you enjoy taking a scenic drive or having a picnic with a view, bring your family and furry companions to Cape Meares State Park Scenic Viewpoint.
The cape itself was once a U.S. Coast Guard active lighthouse. The lighthouse, built in 1889, is 38 feet tall and the shortest in all of Oregon. Tours are available May to September and are free for the public. No reservations are required. There are no fees for admission at Cape Meares State Park Scenic Viewpoint.
There are no overnight visits or camping permitted, but there are nearby places to stay. Other nearby state parks offer yurts, cabins, or camping. And nearby Tillamook has a variety of lodging options as well as other sights to explore and enjoy.
In Oregon, dogs are permitted in most state parks and trails as long as they are kept on a leash or inside a crate at all times. If you bring your pets, always bring waste bags and plenty of water. Always pick up after yourself and your pet. And do not bring aggressive dogs, females in heat, or those who may become a nuisance to other visitors.
Be respectful of posted rules and signs where dogs may not be permitted. If you are on the Oregon Coast and looking for a beautiful drive or a spot to picnic with your family and furry companions, come stretch your legs at Cape Meares State Park Scenic Viewpoint, and you might see something incredible.