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Tillamook Oregon Attractions

Cape Lookout State Park
Cape Lookout State Park can be reached by traveling an hour and a half west of Portland through the scenic Wilson River pass. Along the way, stop and enjoy waterfalls, scenic views and some great fishing.

Cape Meares Lighthouse
"Construction of the lighthouse began in 1888. The first-order Fresnel lens was shipped from France around Cape Horn to Cape Meares. A hand-operated crane made from local spruce trees was used to lift the crates containing the prisms of the one-ton lens up the 200 foot cliff to the tower. The tower is made of sheet iron lined with bricks, the only one of its kind on the Oregon coast.  The light was lit for the first time on January 1, 1890. Though the squatty lighthouse was only 38 feet tall, located on a 217-foot cliff, it could be seen for 21 miles. The lightstation consisted of the tower and two oil houses. In 1895 a workroom abutting the tower was added." Friends of the Lighthouses

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
A must-see when driving the Three Capes Scenic route, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland 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 and a peregrine falcon have also been known to nest near here.

Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island
The Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island is a remarkable place. A virtually untouched coastal estaurine ecosystem, it is bounded by the Sand Creek estuary. This is critically valuable habitat for adult salmon moving upstream to spawn and for smolt leaving the inland fresh waters for their marine journey. The area is a ecological potpourri, including mixed woodlands, grasslands, fresh and saltwater wetlands and a rare native dune sedgeland. Species run the gamut from salmon and steelhead to shorebirds to deer, otter, and even bear and cougar.

Munson Creek State Natural Site
The park is home to ancient western red cedar and Sitka spruce. A relic of an ancient rainforest, the world's second-tallest spruce -- at 260' tall and 8' in diameter -- lives here. Also an important salmon spawning ground, Munson Creek Falls tumbles 319', making it the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range. A trail system winds through the hills to the waterfall.

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum 
2106 Second Street, Tillamook, Oregon 97141, phone: (503) 842-4553
Tillamook County's history dates back long ago, from August 14, 1788 when Captain Robert Gray sailed his ship Lady Washington into Tillamook Bay to April 1, 1851 when Joe Champion became the first white settler in Tillamook County. Tillamook County's Historic Past is preserved for everyone to enjoy at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. Beginning with a collection of 400 items, it has now grown to include 35,000 items plus an additional 10,000 photographs. The current collection ranges from prehistoric specimens to modern day.

Tillamook Naval Air Station Museum
6030 Hangar Rd., Tillamook, Oregon, phone: 503-842-1130

 


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