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Three Capes Scenic Loop

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3 Capes Loop

US Highway-101

First junction Sign

We came from the north and turned right (west) on 3rd Street to head out on this loop.  Since it is a 25 mile trip back up highway 101 to the Naval Air Museum and other Tillamook attractions, you may want to visit those attractions before taking this loop.

 

We suggest you review the facilities in this area.  You could easily spend a very enjoyable week in the Three Capes Area.  If you stay on the loop, the Tillamook attractions will make a nice day trip.

 

 

 

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Main Avenue / Oregon Coast Highway and Third Street in Tillamook, OR

 

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The end of 3rd Street in Tillamook

 

Junction with The Netarts Highway

The Netarts Highway is to the left.  This is a shortcut to the Cape Lookout State Park and the Villages of Netarts, Oceanside, and Pacific Beach.  Take this route to lodging, campgrounds, and RV Parks if you want to see the north end of the capes after you get settled.

 

The Bay Ocean Road goes to the right and it is the Three Capes Scenic Route.

 

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County Boat Launch into Tillamook Bay

 

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Sign at junction to Cape Meares road.After driving along Tillamook Bay for about 5 miles you will encounter the sign shown at the right.  If you go straight you will find beach access at Cape Meares.  There are no services at Cape Meares.

 

To continue on the Scenic Loop turn left.

 

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Cape Meares State Park – Picnic area and restrooms with flush toilets.

 

The Cape Meares Lighthouse is located here.  It was built in 1890.  It has been restored and is open to visitors from 11 AM to 4 PM from May to September.

 

The Octopus Tree is also located here.  This tree is an ancient Sitka Spruce which the natives say grew out to hold dead chiefs in their canoes.

 

The Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge located just off shore in this area is a favorite spot for tufted puffins.  They are found here is greater numbers than anywhere on the Pacific Coast.

 

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The Community of Oceanside

 

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The Community of Netarts – The Village of Netarts is located on a hill above Netarts Bay.  In this Village you will find several Lodging establishments and one excellent eating establishment.

 

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Junction with the Netarts Highway

 – The Netarts Highway heads east back to Tillamook from here.  The scenic loop continues to the south.

 

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The Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery – Visitors are welcome.

 

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Cape Lookout State Park

– This beachfront State Park is in the Oregon State Parks Reservation System 1-800-452-5687.  The park has 38 full hookups, 2 electric only, and 176 tent sites (60’ max).  It also has 10 yurts and a hiker/biker camp.  Visit their web site for further information or online reservations:

http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_186.php

 

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 Viewpoint

 

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Junction with Sand Lake Road

 

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Sand Lake Recreation Area

U.S. Forest Service –  This is an ATV area on the sand dunes.

 

The Forest Service has three camping areas here.  The West Winds parking / camping area is open year round.  The East Dunes parking/camping area is open year round.  Both of these sites are for RV’s and are mainly parking lots you are allowed to stay in.  There are also day use fees.

 

The Sandbeach Campground has traditional campsites of which 41 are first come / first served.  There are 60 camp sites in the reservation system 1-877-444-6777 or online at http://www.reserveusa.com/.  This campground is closed in winter.

 

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Cape Kiwanda

This is a unique spot on the coast with a wide sand beach next to the huge rock-like cape.  This is the Dory Boat capitol.  The boats are launched from trailers right into the surf and then run right up on the beach when returning.  The State Natural Area contains the cape while a Tillamook County Park is south of the cape and includes restrooms, parking, and beach access.

 

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Community of Pacific Beach

 

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Robert Straub State Park

– A day use park on the spit where the Nestucca River enters the Pacific.  Day use frees are imposed.

 

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Junction with Highway 101 at Highway 101 Mile Post 90.

 

 

 

Map of the Three Capes Loop

 

Map of Three Capes Scenic Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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