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Cape Perpetua

This towering wooded cape is part of the larger Siuslaw National Forest and a favorite destination point for visitors to the Central Coast. Long before tourists hiked its trails or toured its roads, the area was home to Native Americans who built villages in the forest and gathered food from the tide pools and ocean below. In fact, it’s estimated that humans were calling the Cape home as early as 500 A.D. – roughly the same time as the Dark Ages, a period of intense warfare and cultural decline in Europe. At Cape Perpetua, however, life was good. The mild weather and abundant natural resources of the Oregon Coast allowed human communities to thrive. Archaeologists have been able to discover a lot about these Indians from the trash piles (called middens) they left behind. The Cape Perpetua Visitors Center contains examples of many of these artifacts, including jewelry, tools and artwork.

  • Orca Reporting

    Category: General Article

    Scientists are trying to learn more about Orcas who reside in Oregon waters. Learn how you can help spot these coastal predators and aid with the research.

  • Cape Perpetua's Greatest Hits

    Category: Exploring Nature Item

    Taking a trip to Cape Perpetua? Here's three sites you absolutely must see while there!

  • How Cape Perpetua Got Its Name

    Category: Fun Fact

    How did Cape Perpetua get its name? No one's really sure, but here are a few theories.

  • The Rock Shelter

    Category: Way Find It

    Can you find this old observation post positioned 800 feet (244 m) above the roaring Pacific Ocean?

  • Uncharted: Sir Francis Drake’s Oregon Adventure

    Category: Exploring Nature Item

    Did a famous pirate captain cruise and find safe harbor on Oregon Coast in the late 1500s?

  • The Stone Wall

    Category: Way Find It

    A low wall made of roughhewn stone may be all that's left of this Wayfind It site, but there's a much larger story here. Find the wall, and all will be revealed!

  • Whale Watching Spoken Here

    Category: General Article

    The Whale Watching Spoken Here program helps thousands of visitors to the Oregon coast enjoy the beauty of gray whales as they slowly migrate off shore. Three Oceanscape Network Youth Correspondents profile this program administered by the Oregon State Parks.