The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is part of the 630,000-acre Siuslaw National Forest. This forest is actually a temperate rainforest that has more dense vegetation than the Amazon jungle. A good place to start is to take the steep road up to the Cape Perpetua Visitor and Interpretative Center, located two miles south of Yachats off Hwy 101. There are many guided hikes and educational programs available, or set out on your own. Hiking trails lead through the forest and allow for encounters with spotted owls, marbled murrelets, deer and elk. Follow the Giant Spruce Trail, which leads past trees as large as 10 feet in diameter, and at low tide, check out the marine garden. Visitors who take the Overlook Road to the West Shelter, just north of the Visitor Center, will be rewarded with arguably the most stunning view along the Oregon coast. For more information, call (541) 547-3289.
Enjoy a beautiful drive off the beaten path to the North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge. The covered bridge was built in 1938. It was the last covered bridge constructed by veteran bridge builder, Otis Hamer. The Yachats Covered
Bridge is one of the shortest in Oregon, measuring only 42 feet in length. It was rebuilt and rededicated in December of 1989. Though the bridge is open to vehicles, it is closed to large RVs and trucks. The weight limit is 15 tons.
Cummins Creek Wilderness Area is a 9,100-acre spot that features the only remaining old-growth Sitka spruce forest on the Oregon coast. While heavily forested, the area still offers stunning views, scenery and wildlife. The Cummins Creek Wilderness Area ranges in elevation from 100 to 2,400 feet above sea level. The dramatic elevation changes allow the area to show off many different kinds of vegetation and animal life. Camping allows for longer stays and more exploration. The 6.5 mile long Cummins Ridge Trail bisects the Wilderness, and is the only trail in the wilderness area. It passes through magnificent stands of western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir. In the spring and summer, the wilderness area springs forth with the color of rhododendron, elderberry, salmonberry, salal and thousands of wildflowers. The Cummins Creek Wilderness Area is located in the Siuslaw National Forest just north of Florence off Hwy 101. For more information, call (541) 750-7000.
Over the years, the cross-shaped Little Log Church and Museum has become a source of pride for the residents. It was built from local timber and was dedicated for church use in 1930. The building now houses a museum and exhibits items of historical interest as well as traveling art exhibits. There is a framed map that shows the State of Oregon and the Washington Territory, which was printed around 1880. The museum also houses a 48-star flag that was used at the church before Alaska and Hawaii became states. There are also many other interesting items, such as books and artworks donated by local residents, which commemorate Yachats and the surrounding area. Anyone who is intrigued by history and heritage should definitely visit the Little Log Church and Museum at 328 West 3rd Street in Yachats. For more information, call (541) 547-3976.