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Devil's Churn, Yachats

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Devils Churn is a narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, south of Yachats. It is located in the Siuslaw National Forest and is accessible via the Restless Waters trail from the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area visitor's center or the U.S. Route 101 overlook. Access to the trail requires a United States Forest Service pass.

The inlet developed over many thousands of years as wave action carved into the basalt shoreline, first forming a deep sea cave whose roof eventually collapsed. As the tide comes in it can throw spray several hundred feet into the air when the waves reach the end of the churn. Visitors are urged to be cautious when visiting the churn, as it can be dangerous.
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  • There is a small parking area just off the highway. The walkway down to the water is paved until it gets to the stairs. You can get as close to the churn as you want (dare). It is likely better to....  more »
  • One of our favorite stops, especially when the ocean is active! We were able to actually get a little wet as the wind and stronger waves caused the spray to reach us with more water than on calm...  more »
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  • Really beautiful place!
  • Great place to visit, especially at high tide and during storms. There's a wonderful trail that leads down near the Churn itself. With a branch that leads to a near by beach.

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