Marine Gardens at Cape Perpetua
Tidepooling is a favorite activity for Cape Perpetua campers.
Cape Perpetua Campground Sign
2200 Hwy 101 S, Yachats, OR 97498
Turn east from Hwy 101 to enter the campground or go up to the day use area at the top of the mountain. This is the overlook where you can see the coastline and the old stone building.
27 miles of hiking trails
The extensive trail system is accessible from Cape Perpetua Campground.
Cape Perpetua Group Area
The group area contains a pavilion and group fire ring. It can accommodate up to 50 people at one time.
Cape Creek runs through the campground. All but 2 campsites are adjacent to the babbling brook.
Enjoy tidepools in the Marine Gardens via a short, moderate, hike on a groomed trail. The trail climbs up to the Visitor Center, then down, under Hwy 101, to the tidepools.
This photo shows a sea lemon (yellow) and iridescent seaweed (blue and brown).
Sturdy Bridges Over Cape Creek
Traverse the creek over several bridges to get to the Visitor Center or the Giant Sitka Spruce tree in this old-growth forest.
Tidepooling with the Rangers
Check with the Visitor Center to see when a Ranger will be at the tidepools. It is worth it to have someone point out some of the things that you may not know to look for. Or download the free picture guides before you go.
Berry bushes, ferns, giant spruce and Douglas fir trees provide a lush camping environment.
Keep all wheels on the pavement. Some sites have lots of room for you big rig.
Some sites are more secluded than others.
Cape Perpetua has 4 flush restroom buildings; cared for daily by the onsite Campground Hosts.
These are some huge slugs. If your child brings one home, just use gasoline to remove the slime from their hands.
Ochre Sea Stars
Sea Stars are a prominent creature in the Marine Gardens of Cape Perpetua. But they are not the only fun critter to look for.
A View of Yachats
North of Cape Perpetua is the charming coast town of Yachats.
Sea Lion Viewing
Sea Lion Caves is about 13 miles south of Cape Perpetua on Hwy 101. Stop at the overlook before the caves to get a glimpse of the Heceta Head Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse on the coast. Sometimes the sea lions are hauled out on the rocks at the base of the overlook.
Spouting Horn from Cook's Chasm
Cook's Chasm is about 1/2 mile south of Cape Perpetua Campground on Hwy 101. You'll enjoy stunning views and sounds of the ocean's power. A paved trail takes you closer to observe Spouting Horn and Thor's Well or just sit and watch whales or the entrancing sunset from the overlook.
Flush restrooms and drinking fountains are provided for campers and hikers.
Sea Birds and Shore Birds
The black birds with orange beak are Oyster Catchers.
Yachats Beach Road
Watching waves is as entrancing as watching a campfire.
Cape Perpetua Campground Map
The campground is about a 1/4 mile long.
American Land & Leisure has been in the business for over 20 years, and currently maintains more campgrounds on Federal lands than any other concessionaire in the United States, with contracts from California to West Virginia. The company has set the standard for caring for customers and providing well kept and clean facilities at a fair price.
American Land & Leisure provides more than exceptional customer service. American Land & Leisure campground managers strive to treat you like family, and do everything in their power to make sure that your camping experience exceeds your expectations.