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Cape-Meares is located ten miles west of the town of Tillamook, at the north end of the 20-mile "Three Capes Scenic Loop." Located at the tip of a headland, 200 feet above the ocean, is the Cape Meares State Park Scenic Viewpoint, which is a day use area for visitors. The Cape includes four miles of hiking trails, interpretive panels, picturesque vistas and picnic areas and a historic lighthouse built in the 1890s. Another attraction in the park is the huge Sitka spruce known as the Octopus Tree, which has a diameter of more than ten feet at the base. Cape Meares State Park also encompasses Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was established in 1938 to protect one of the last of the coastal old growth forests. The State Park is open daily throughout the year and is an excellent spot in the spring and winter for whale watching. Admittance to the lighthouse is free and it houses an Interpretive Gift Shop in what was the workroom of the lighthouse. The other two Capes on the Three Capes Scenic Loop are Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda. The area is very popular among birdwatchers. Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting Common Murres, and it has one of the most populous colonies of sea birds on the continent.

Surrounding areas: Oceanside, Oregon (2.2 mi), Seal Rock, Oregon (2.2 mi), Mount Hood, Oregon (3.9 mi), Netarts, Oregon (4.0 mi), Tillamook, Oregon (6.1 mi), Rockaway Beach, Oregon (8.6 mi), Three Capes, Oregon (10.7 mi)


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