Three miles north of Lincoln City, Cascade Head, located within Oregon's only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offers out-and-back trails with breathtaking views of the Oregon coastline and the Salmon River Estuary. Just remember, this is a protected wildlife sanctuary-removal of foliage, hunting, camping, fires, bicycles, and dogs are not allowed to help preserve this delicate habitat.
Nature Conservancy Trail - Lower Trailhead
This two-mile-long trail covers the north and south sides of the headlands. While terrain can be challenging, the view of the Salmon River Estuary and Pacific coastline is worth it. Travel west from Highway 101 down Three Rocks Road to Knight Park, where the trailhead can be found following the shoulder of Savage Road.
Nature Conservancy Trail - Upper Trailhead
To protect the endangered Silver Spotted Butterfly, the Upper Trailhead of Cascade Head is only open from July 16 to Dec. 31. This hike is easier than the lower trailhead-accessible by taking Forest Service Road 1861 west from Highway 101 to the trailhead. This makes for a level, one-mile hike to the upper viewpoint.
The lower and upper trails connect for a six-mile out-and-back adventure surrounded in natural beauty.