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Devil's Churn, Yachats

4.7
#2 of 7 in Parks in Yachats
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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  • Not very spectacular today, but interesting to watch. We just observed the phenomenon for a bit and moved on. Worth a brief stop.  more »
  • Amazing and visible right from the parking lot- don’t miss it! Go see Thor’s Well too. This whole area was my favorite stop on the coast.  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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