Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Deep Dive Into a Stretch of Oregon Coast Surprises: Intricate Northern Lane County

Published 06/08/21 at 7:50 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Deep Dive Into a Stretch of Oregon Coast Surprises: Intricate Northern Lane County

(Yachats, Oregon) – A bevy of beaches and intricate cliffs along 25 miles of Oregon coast: it doesn't get much better than the top part of Lane County (Above: Bob Creek).

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; major specials now that spring is here
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
major specials for last of spring
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Spring's enticing specials now
In Lincoln City:
Major spring specials now
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
major specials this season
In Newport:
Look for many specials
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials and tempting prices now
In Yachats, Florence
Big deals available; lodgings not listed anywhere else
Southern Oregon Coast Hotels / Lodgings
Reedsport to Brookings, places to stay; winter deals

It's all practically smack dab in the middle of the entire Oregon coast (although that's technically Florence). Here, Lincoln County merges imperceptibly into Lane County, along a stretch of Highway 101 filled with spots that are practically hidden and that allow you to really get away from it all when everyone else seems to be doing the same thing around you. Between Yachats and Florence, even on the very busy glory days of summer, you're likely to find yourself far away from the maddening crowds that can really cramp a good time on a day at the beach.

All of this begins at a well-populated enough area as you start to wander south of Yachats. There's that sudden rise as you enter the viewpoints and curves that were used in scenes of the Bates Motel series years ago, and you're motoring towards Cape Perpetua. Crowds still abound often enough here, where the Devil's Churn creates a constant show, as well as high above at the top of the cape, some 600 feet high.

That's all worth it, however. This stunning vantage point never ceases to take your breath away. Walk down the path to the northwest just a tad and you'll encounter the ever-graceful, atmospheric lookout shelter built way back in the ‘30s. Its history includes a lot of watching for enemy aircraft during World War II, but the purpose of the place now is pure scenic wow-inducement.

A mile down the road and you'll quickly encounter the stunning, wacky action of Cook's Chasm and its awe-inspiring spouting horn, where if conditions are right, this geologic oddity treats you to a show of spray and ocean waves firing off at a strange angle and a remarkable hissing noise. It's also the home of Thor's Well, but steer clear of that as it's a lot more dangerous than people think.

Further down Highway 101, bundles of intricate beaches beckon, like Bob Creek and its many tidepools, Neptune Beach and its varied landscapes, and then the always captivating Strawberry Hill, where you're first greeted by a rather playful triad of steps embedded into the cliffs.

This, in turn, allows you access to an entrancing beach that is a multifarious mish-mash of sand, rocks and more sand and rocks, creating a mesmerizing labyrinth of things to explore and get lost in. Some of the stranger shapes along the entire coast lurk here in the back of this mini-cove. Tidepool creatures way outnumber the humans as well.

Keep heading south and you continually rise and fall along this often-twisty road, where nameless pullout after pullout appears, each with its own store of visual treasures. Eventually, you arrive at Ocean Beach Picnic Ground, which is kind of like Lane County's version of Dr Who's TARDIS: it's a lot bigger than it looks.

This wild little beach, run by the National Forest Service rather than the state of Oregon, is instantly recognizable with that bulbous blob jutting out into the sea and a massive indentation (the other side has one as well). It's truly a picnic area here. Wander down these grasses and soon you step out onto a long stretch of sandy wonders and the occasional rocky puzzle, including a mini cave of sorts and the sundry blob. Generally, it's only birds and tidepool creatures in the area and not a single human soul.

Stick close to that entrance and the tidepools abound – usually. It depends on conditions here.

Muriel Ponsler

After that, back on 101 and heading south you quickly come to striking spots like Stonefield Beach and its prehistoric look at times (especially in winter when the sands can disappear). Farther down, you'll encounter the Hobbit Trail and its fantasy-like atmosphere or the vast sands of Muriel Ponsler Wayside. After that, it's the Heceta Head Lighthouse and you're quickly again in civilization and the world of packed parking lots.

Hotels in Yachats - Where to eat - Yachats Maps and Virtual Tours


Murial Ponsler

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

Coastal Spotlight

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Short Beach is Long on Engaging Finds on N. Oregon Coast
In a tiny sliver of land between Oceanside and Cape Meares, you'll bump into this
Some Oregon Coast RV Sites Will Get More Expensive for Non-Residents
Non-residents will pay an extra 25% for fees at state-run campgrounds
Dark 'n Stormy Night Author Series Back at Central Oregon Coast, Albeit Digital
Live via Zoom at 4 p.m. each Thursday, starting October 7. Lincoln City events
Coos Bay's Shore Acres Lights Canceled, Other Oregon Coast Event Dropouts
Holiday Lights at Shore Acres was scheduled to return; other cancellations. Yachats events, Newport events, Lincoln City events, Manzanita events, Seaside events
Fun 'n Funky Science Finds on Oregon Coast: Mola Mola and Salmon Shark
Mola mola winding up in the Columbia River and a salmon shark near Cannon Beach. Marine science
Rattling Oregon Coast History: 2005 Tsunami Scare Failures, Successes
The night of June 14, 2005 displayed gaping holes in the tsunami alert procedures. Sciences
N. Oregon Coast's Coaster Theatre Reopens with 'Dorian Gray'
Cannon Beach's Coaster Theatre Playhouse with the drama The Picture of Dorian Gray. Cannon Beach events
What It's Like to Commute Over 100 Miles of Oregon Coast, Part II
Years of wild but scenic drives along some 120 miles: Depoe Bay, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, Newport

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted