Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

Near Tillamook, Oregon, United States

COVID-19 UPDATE

The park is open, with reduced services.

  • Lighthouse tours cancelled and gift shop closed.
  • Restrooms closed; portable toilets on site.
  • Reduced garbage service; please pack out trash.
  • Do not travel far to visit. Be prepared to turn around if crowded.

A must-see when driving the Three Capes Scenic route, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland over 200 feet above the ocean. Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda are the other two capes on this route. Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting common murres. The site is one of the most populous colonies of nesting sea birds on the continent. Bald eagles are frequently seen in this area, and peregrine falcons have also been known to nest near here.


The park features tours of an 1890s lighthouse, the Sallie Jacobson Interpretive Kiosk, and interpretive panels at key viewpoints.  Cape Meares has over three miles of hiking trails and a mile-long walking trail that winds through old-growth spruce trees, including the uniquely-shaped "Octopus Tree". A short quarter mile hike from a turn-off at the park entrance will bring you to the largest Sitka spruce tree in the state of Oregon. In winter and spring, this park is an excellent location for viewing whale migrations. During the summer, resident whales can be seen from Cape Meares along with seals and sea lions that are often seen and heard.

Cape Meares Lighthouse (CLOSED SUMMER 2020)

The inside of the lighthouse and a gift shop are open May to September.  May and September hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours on the weekends. June through August hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Each day the lighthouse is closed from 2-2:30 pm. Service animals are permitted in the gift shop. 

Tower tours: The tower is open by tour only: admission is free and no reservations are needed. For everyone's safety, no backpacks and no carrying children. 

For more information please call Cape Lookout State Park at 503-842-3182.

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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.