# 26 Hike the Trails at Cascade Head Preserve

One of the best ways to appreciate the rare plants, wildlife and grassland communities that were once abundant along the Oregon Coast, is to take a trip to Cascade Head, a Nature Conservancy preserve located just north of Lincoln City, off Hwy 101. The spectacular coastal headland provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers and the Oregon silverspot butterfly. Visitors may encounter elk, coyote, deer, snowshoe hares and giant salamanders. Bald eagles, great horned owls, northern harriers, red-tail hawks and peregrine falcons make hunting forays over the Preserve’s grassy slopes. The Preserve and the surrounding National Forest lands won recognition
in 1980 as a National Scenic Research Area and a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. Try to spot the stunning and rare hairy Checkermellow flower. Serenity and wildlife are the two things that can always be expected from a trip to Cascade Head. Bikes and pets are prohibited, since the Preserve harbors ground-nesting birds and other wildlife that are extremely sensitive to disturbance. For more information, call (503) 802-8100.