• Yachats is a small town with miles of enchanting beaches and coastal rainforest
• The most visited site near the town is the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

A little coastal community in Lincoln County with a population of 1,000 people, Yachats is nestled on the hillsides and along the mouth of the Yachats River at the foot of the Cape Perpetua.

For many centuries, Native Americans lived in this area as hunter-gatherers, seasonally migrating between the summer camps and the winter residences. The name of the city is derived from the Alsea language that means “dark water at the mountain foot”.

The dramatic scenery of the coastline, the rugged seashore with the powerful waves crashing against it, old-growth rainforest adjacent to the rocky enchanting beaches attract thousands of tourists annually. The area has a mild climate accompanied by temperatures averaging 60 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and 45 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. This makes any activities in and around Yachats great at any time of year.

In 2007, Budget Travel Magazine named the city one of the "Ten Coolest Small Towns of the U.S."


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Yachats - Things to Do & See

This small town is a beautiful place to visit, relax, hike, explore while enjoying the sounds and sights of the Pacific Ocean. The area is a great destination for those who prefer a quite getaway in one of numerous lodges with the breathtaking ocean vista. Outdoor lovers can enjoy a range of great adventures such as hiking, beachcombing, agate hunting, tidepool exploring, and whale-watching.

Whale-watching is one of the most popular activities year-round as the Oregon Coast is filled with these majestic creatures. Watch the gray whale migration twice a year, in winter and spring.

At low tide, tidepools are everywhere along the rocky shoreline. Discover exotic marine creatures including sea stars, urchins, chitons, sea stars, anemones, and saltwater algae. Please do not remove them.

Beaches of Central Oregon, as well as banks of the rivers entering the ocean near Yachats allow collecting various rocks and minerals. You can find beautiful material here including agates, jaspers, petrified wood, fossils, and serpentine.

Be sure to check the tide tables before your trip to the ocean. When you are on the beach, never turn your back on the ocean.

The most visited site near Yachats is the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. You can hike from Yachats or just drive to enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Head to the top of the Cape Perpetua and experience stunning ocean views of the coastline and the ocean. Visit a narrow channel Devil's Churn, Spouting Horn at Cook's Chasm, and Thor's Well.

Hike along the shoreline trails and see the surf and rock splendor. There are also rainforest trails with leafy and fresh soil scents near the beach.

Smelt Sands State Recreation Site

Smelt Sands State Recreation Site BeachSmelt Sands State Recreation Site is located a mile north of Yachats. An excellent whale watching spot and a fantastic viewpoint for taking pictures.

The park is known for its tide pools, breathtaking sunsets, and rock fishing. The site is one of the northwest beaches in Yachats, where previously, smelt came ashore to spawn. Unfortunately, the silver ocean gem disappeared from this area.


Yachats State Recreation Area

Yachats State Recreation Area Beach Pacific Ocean Scenic ViewYachats State Recreation Area is a scenic coastal wonderland at the mouth of the Yachats River. The 2d street makes a beach loop, offering a breathtaking view of the Yachats River as it meets the Pacific Ocean.

This destination is a great place for whale watching, tide pools researching, agate hunting, and fishing.


Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua ShelterA unique landmark, Cape Perpetua features rocky beaches, tide pools, spouting horns, and mysterious Thor's Well. The area provides excellent opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and outdoor photography.

Cape Perpetua Shelter is the best spot to see 70 miles of coastline and 37 miles out to sea on a clear day.


Spouting Horn and Thor's Well at Cook's Chasm

Cape Perpetua - Thors WellCook's Chasm is the stage for the Pacific Ocean's performance. At high tide, you can see the ocean in the action with crashing waves, saltwater explosions, foaming cisterns, and the magic sinkhole Thor's Well that swallows sea water.



Devil's Churn

A narrow shoreline channel, located south of Yachats. Over long periods of time, tides and powerful waves created a deep fissure in a basalt shoreline.


Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint

Neptune State Scenic ViewpointNeptune State Scenic Viewpoint is located four miles south of Yachats stretching for over 2 miles from Gwynn Creek south to Stonefield Beach. This is a part of the Cape Perpetua Marine Protected Areas. The area comprises three beaches and four pullouts but you cannot traverse all over their length in one uninterrupted hike and should drive to one of four paved parking areas.


Neptune Beach

Neptune State Park OregonA small charming beach at the mouth of Cummins Creek, Neptune Beach extends 0.5 miles from Gwynn Creek to the southern edge of Neptune State Park. Neptune Beach sits right in the heart of the agate and jasper collecting area.


Strawberry Hills

Strawberry Hill WaysideLocated a few miles farther south, Strawberry Hill has excellent views of the ocean, great tide pools, and sandy beaches. Sometimes harbor seals can be seen on the rocks just offshore. This spot is one of the best beaches to explore tide pools and hunt for agates.


Bob Creek Wayside

Bob Creek Wayside Oregon CoastBob Creek Beach is a picturesque section of the coastline with basalt slabs, tide pools, cliffs, and caves. This location is a shell midden area and marine reserve protected by law. Surface collecting of agates and jaspers is allowed. This site has a shell midden area protected by law.


Hiking in Yachats

804 Trail
Historic 1.7 miles easy trail connecting Yachats State Park and Smelt Sands State Park. It is also interconnected with other trails of the town and leads to the 8 miles long stretch of the beach which would take you to Waldport.

Ya’Xaik Trail
Moderate 1.2 miles long trail. It leads you through the lush forest to the public footpath in the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve. The Ya’Xaik Trail commemorates the Alsea people who lived in these lands for 1000s of years. Ya’Xaik is the only name of Alsea village in the area which was ever recorded.

Amanda Trail
Moderate 1.2 miles hike commemorates a blind Native American woman of Coos Tribe named Amanda who suffered injustice in the 1860s during the reservation years.

Prospect Trail
The 1.2 miles trail will lead you through the Prospect Graden carrying many native plants. The first part of the trail is strenuous with steep elevation and steps.

Public Footpath in the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve – A footpath is located on private property, but is open to the public. Enchanting walk along the creek under the cover of coastal trees.

Yachats Community Park and Wetlands
A park with a series of short easy trails taking you around woods and wetlands.

Festival & Events

Yachats Agate Festival is held on the second weekend of January

Yachats La De Da Parade - Independence Day festival and fireworks show

Yachats Music Festival is held in July, the weekend after July first

Yachats Village Mushrooms Fest takes place on the third weekend of October

Yachats Celtic Music Festival is held on the second weekend of November.

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