Yachats has three state parks in town!
Yachats Ocean Road offers a scenic one-mile drive and beach access.
Yachats State Park offers ample river and ocean views and tidepool access.
Smelt Sands sits on the scenic 804 Trail and is one of the best places to safely watch the tides.
There are several other state parks nearby, too.
Brian Booth State Park is 15 miles north of Yachats on Hwy 101. It includes Ona Beach and the Beaver Creek State Natural Area.
Beachside State Recreation Site is 5 miles north of Yachats on Hwy 101 and includes camping and day use.
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is 11 miles south of Yachats on Hwy 101 and also includes camping and day use, along with trails to the beach, Heceta Head Lighthouse, and more.
Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site is 8 miles north of Yachats at the southern City limits of Waldport. It offers fishing and beachcombing opportunities.
Darlingtonia State Natural Site is 20 miles south of Yachats, on the north end of Florence, and is a unique Natural area dedicated to the preservation of one plant species, the Cobra Lily.
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint is 14 miles south of Yachats on Hwy 101 and includes the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse, a bed-and-breakfast, and an easy-to-access beach.
Lost Creek State Recreation Site is 17 miles north of Yachats on Hwy 101. You’ll find picnicking, beach access, and whale watching opportunities.
Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint is 11 miles South of Yachats, located just north of Carl Washburne State Park. It includes day use, beach access, whale watching, and beachcombing opportunities..
Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint is less than 4 miles south of Yachats on Hwy 101. It includes several pullouts from Hwy 101, including Strawberry Hill and Bob Creek. A great spot for agate hunting, whale and harbor seal watching, beachcombing, and birdwatching.
Seal Rock State Recreation Site is 13 miles north of Yachats (and 4 miles north of Waldport) on Hwy 101. It features large off-shore rock formations that provide habitat for seals, sea lions, and seabirds. You can find tidepools and picnicking opportunities here.
Stonefield Beach State Recreation Site is 7 miles south of Yachats on Hwy 101. It has easy beach access that makes it great for beachcombing.
Tokatee Klootchman State Natural Site is 8 miles south of Yachats on Hwy 101. A good spot for watching whales and sunsets. If you do go down to the beach. wear mid-calf rubber boots because you have to cross a small stream to get to the beach.