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Cape Lookout State Park

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Cape Lookout State Park

Combine hiking and whale-watching when you explore the lush green forest and rugged headland of this exciting coastal state recreation area.

Enjoy a day of outdoor exploration and adventure at Cape Lookout State Park. This compact protected area covers about 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and is filled with scenic wonders.

Discover more than 8 miles (13 kilometers) of trails that extend through the park. Hike through a dense forest of spruce and hemlock trees to reach the cape's tip, a rocky promontory that juts into the Pacific Ocean. During your trek, you’ll pass a plaque that commemorates a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crash during World War II. The plane plowed into the side of the cape during overcast weather, killing all but one of the men on board.

From the viewpoint at the cape's tip, look for gray whales migrating to and from the Mexican state of Baja California and Alaska. The best viewing times are from March through June and from mid-December through mid-January. Some whales linger in Oregon's waters, which helps make whale-watching a year-round activity.

Among the other wildlife you might see from your elevated position are seals, sea lions, gulls, pelicans, murres and orcas.

From here descend to the beach at the base of the cape. Investigate tidepools for fish, mussels, hermit crabs, barnacles, sea slugs, limpets, sea snails and other sea life.

Stay overnight and camp out under the stars in a tent or yurt. Cabins and RV hookups are also available. Facilities include showers, restrooms and picnic tables. Some of the cabins and yurts are pet-friendly.

Cape Lookout State Park is open for day use and camping year round. It’s about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Tillamook and about a 90-minute drive west of Portland. Access to the protected area is free, but there is a charge for parking.

For details of camping facilities and prices, visit the park's official website. Note that camping is by reservation only up to 30 days in advance.

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5100whis 3 Bedroom Home
5100whis 3 Bedroom Home
3.5 out of 5
5100 Whiskey Creek Rd, Tillamook, OR
Situated in Tillamook, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Lookout Beach and Cape Lookout State Park. Tunnel Beach and Lost Boy Beach are also ...
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Ocean View Home Overlooking Netarts Bay w/ Deck & gas Grill - Dogs OK!
Ocean View Home Overlooking Netarts Bay w/ Deck & gas Grill - Dogs OK!
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Situated by the sea, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cape Lookout State Park and Cape Lookout Beach. Tunnel Beach and Lost Boy Beach are also within ...
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Great Spot
"Great place to stay, plenty of room for everyone. Kids had a great time with the loft. Only TV is in the downstairs family room, which is fantastic to send kids down to while adults socialize upstairs. Beautiful view of the bay from upstairs."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Ocean View Home Overlooking Netarts Bay w/ Deck & gas Grill - Dogs OK!
Custom Handcrafted Home With Bay View!!
Custom Handcrafted Home With Bay View!!
Tillamook, OR
This family-friendly Tillamook vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cape Lookout State Park and Cape Lookout Beach. Tunnel Beach and Lost Boy Beach are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
A lovely 4th of July
"The house itself is lovely and well equipped. There is a nice partial view of the bay from the living room and deck. The yard is nice. The location is between Tillamook and Netarts, which is pretty convienient. A few negatives: The pillows were pretty dang flat, I was very happy I brought my own, ..."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Custom Handcrafted Home With Bay View!!
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5100whis 3 Bedroom Home
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Custom Handcrafted Home With Bay View!!
Tillamook, OR
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Spacious, Charming Beach Retreat Close to Netarts Bay. Great for Families!
Spacious, Charming Beach Retreat Close to Netarts Bay. Great for Families!
Tillamook, OR
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Dog-friendly Cottage w/ Deck, Wifi & Washer/dryer - Near Beaches, Clamming!
Tillamook, OR
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Cozy Cabin With Beautiful Bay View
Tillamook, OR
Cozy Cabin With Beautiful Bay View
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Netarts Cozy Coastal Cottage W/deck Near Portland!
Tillamook, OR
Netarts Cozy Coastal Cottage W/deck Near Portland!
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Gorgeous Bay View Upper Level Apartment!
Tillamook, OR
Gorgeous Bay View Upper Level Apartment!
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New Listing! Nice, Dog-friendly Home W/private Balcony - Top of the World View!
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New Listing! Nice, Dog-friendly Home W/private Balcony - Top of the World View!
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