Just below Cape Perpetua the coastline at Cook's Chasm is a dramatic, volcanic, rocky wonder. Thanks to the Pacific Ocean colliding into this jagged shore, there is a constant exhibition of water spouts and exploding waves—a natural phenomenon that is well worth a long drive to see. For an especially dramatic display, visit this destination at high tide or during a winter storm.
Among the many wonders at Cook's Chasm, the two main attractions are Thor’s Well and Spouting Horn. Capable of firing water 40 feet or more into the air, these geyser-like formations are the result of sea caves that developed over long periods of time before collapsing, leaving the iconic openings through which the surging waves explode.
Pack your waterproof clothing and wear some good shoes, because you’ll find constant sprays of water and wet footing at Cook's Chasm.
A profound concept originally envisioned by governor Oswald West, in 1967 the Oregon legislature ultimately realized his vision of making the entire Oregon Coast forever open to the public in a piece of landmark legislation titled the Oregon Beach Bill, officially making all 363 miles public land. "The People's Coast" is truly a one-of-a-kind coastline, a unique blend of mountains and rocky stacks, towering old growth forests, marine sanctuaries, tide pools and kelp forests, charming towns, historic fishing communities, world-class golfing, breweries, and simply jaw-dropping scenic beaches. We encourage you to plan your next trip at visittheoregoncoast.com or by calling (541) 574-2679.