Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Campground
Cape Perpetua, the last of the cape trio, was named by Captain James Cook in 1778. Cook passed by as he fearlessly continued north on his fruitless search for the Pacific link to the Northwest Passage. Both Cape Perpetua and the nearby town of Yachats (pronounced “yah-hots”) have long been favored vacation destinations for Oregonians who appreciate the small town’s relative seclusion amidst some of the coast’s most awe-inspiring scenery. For some unknown reason, Yachats is often overlooked by tourists heading for the bustling centers of Newport and Florence, nearly equidistant to the north and south respectively. The Cape Perpetua Campground is actually two campgrounds managed by the Forest Service (as is the rest of the Scenic Area). Both are quite close to the Visitor Center, and the only difference between them is that one is an individual-site complex and the other accommodates groups of up to 50 people. Privacy is not great--mostly provided by Sitka spruce with little ground cover. On the other hand, the ocean breezes blow right through and keep insects to a minimum. All along this portion of the sculpted coast is an endless array of rugged inlets, crescent-shaped coves, and towering capes. It may sound vaguely similar to Cape Lookout, but this is widely considered to be one of the Oregon coast's most spectacular headlands.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Campsites||38 individual sites|
|Season||Mid-May to late September|
|Camp Elevation||10 ft|
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