Wheelchair Accessible Guide to Tillamook Coast, Oregon

Two wheelchair-users exploring Manzanita beach on the Tillamook Coast in Oregon
Wheelchair-users exploring Tillamook Coast, Oregon

Welcome to the breathtaking Tillamook Coast, Oregon, where natural beauty meets accessibility. Whether you're a traveler with disabilities or a companion planning a trip, the Tillamook Coast offers an assortment of accessible activities, hotels, and dining experiences. This guide will provide you with everything you need to know to make the most of your visit. From the stunning coastal views to the welcoming local businesses, the Tillamook Coast is sure to provide an inclusive and memorable experience for all visitors.

Accessible Hotels on the Tillamook Coast, Oregon

The Tillamook Coast is a beautiful stretch of coastal towns, from Tillamook to Manzanita to Rockaway Beach, making a perfect place for exploration. But, where is the best place to stay? Lets get into some accessible accommodation options in the area.

The Hotel Garibaldi

The Hotel Garibaldi is an accessible hotel in Tillamook Coast
The Hotel Garibaldi

Located in Garibaldi, Oregon, is this affordable and accessible two-star hotel on the Oregon Coast Highway. Garibaldi is a great town to stay in. It's small and quiet, but a short drive to other nearby towns such as Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, and Tillamook. The Handicap Friendly Queen room has a spacious roll-in shower with a shower seat, handheld shower head and grab bars in both the shower and for the toilet.

Accessibility Features and Details:

  • Roll-in shower
  • Shower seat
  • Shower grab bars
  • Toilet grab bars
  • Bed height - 28 inches
  • Bedroom turning space of 60+ inches
  • Bathroom turning space of 60+ inches
  • Door width of 36 inches
  • Step-free access

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Coast Cabins

Coast Cabins is an accessible hotel on Tillamook Coast
Accessible room at Coast Cabins in Manzanita, Oregon

Located in Manzanita, Oregon, about a half-mile from the beach is the Coast Cabins. In their ADA studio room you will find a roll-in shower, shower seat, and grab bars equipped with both the shower and toilet.

There is a kitchenette equipped in the room with a outdoor patio balcony. Although the bathroom doesn't offer adequate turning space, the bedroom and balcony both do. Overall, Manzanita is one of the best towns to stay in on the Tillamook Coast. It's a quaint, coastal town with shops lined all the way down to the sandy beach.

Accessibility Features and Details:

  • Roll-in shower
  • Shower seat
  • Shower grab bars
  • Toilet grab bars
  • Bed height - 24 inches
  • Bedroom turning space of 60+ inches
  • Door width of 36 inches
  • Step-free access

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Ocean Inn

Ocean Inn is a wheelchair accessible hotel in Tillamook Coast
Accessible room - Ocean Inn

Another great option to consider is Ocean Inn, also located in Manzanita. This oceanfront hotel features a roll-in shower, shower seat, and grab bars. Keep in mind that the building entrance does have two steps, so bringing a portable ramp with you may be conducive if you're a wheelchair-user.

Accessibility Features and Details:

  • Roll-in shower
  • Shower grab bars
  • Shower seat
  • Door width of 36 inches
  • Step free room entrance
  • Bed height - 31 inches
  • Free space under bed
  • Bedroom turning space of 60+ inches

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Accessible Things to do on the Tillamook Coast, Oregon

If you're planning to head to the Oregon Coast, you're in for a treat. The Tillamook Coast is filled with scenic drives, ocean views, and lush nature all around. There are little towns nearby that you can drive to and explore their shops, such as Manzanita, Tillamook, and Cannon Beach for example. Here are some of the top accessible things to do during your visit to Tillamook Coast.

Tillamook Forest Center

Wheelchair user and companion exploring accessible trails at Tillamook Forest Center
Accessible trails at Tillamook Forest Center

The Tillamook Forest Center, located in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest, serves as an educational and recreational hub for visitors. The center features interactive exhibits, a theater, and a replica of a historic fire lookout tower, providing insights into the forest's history, ecology, and the devastating Tillamook Burn fires. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking trails, a suspension bridge over the Wilson River, and picnic areas. The center aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of forest stewardship and conservation.

The building center is accessible with interactive exhibits and a fully-accessible bathroom. You'll find ADA-compliant outdoor trails on the site, running along the river. The trails are mostly level with compacted crush rock. Although you can cross the suspension in the back, there are stairs at the end. It's still worth going across for views of the river.

Tillamook Air Museum

Wheelchair-user at the Tillamook Air Museum
Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook, Oregon

The Tillamook Air Museum, located in Tillamook, Oregon, is housed in a massive World War II blimp hangar, one of the largest wooden structures in the world. The museum showcases a fascinating collection of vintage aircraft, aviation artifacts, and exhibits detailing the history of aviation and the role of blimps during the war. Visitors can explore aircraft from different eras, learn about aviation history, and enjoy guided tours. The unique setting and extensive collection make it a must-visit destination for aviation enthusiasts and history buffs.

Kilchis Point Reserve

Kilchis Point Reserve is an accessible attraction on the Tillamook Coast
Kilchis Point Reserve

The Kilchis Point Reserve is approximately 200 acres along Tillamook Bay in Bay City, Oregon. It is home to Oregon's first pioneer and features interpretive trails managed by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. The reserve offers more than two miles of wide, level interpretive paths that explore the natural history and Native American heritage of the Tillamook Bay region. The paths are mainly level with some gentle slopes and there is an accessible bathroom on the property.

Tillamook Creamery

Wheelchair-user at the Tillamook Creamery, an accessible thing to do
Tillamook Creamery - All Are Welcome

No trip to the Tillamook Coast is complete without a visit to the renowned Tillamook Creamery. The Tillamook Creamery, located in Tillamook, Oregon, is a must-visit destination for dairy lovers and those interested in learning about the region’s agricultural heritage. The creamery offers interactive exhibits, a viewing gallery to watch the cheese-making process, and a tasting room to sample a variety of delicious cheeses and other dairy products. You can also take a tour through the building where you can learn about the process of cheesemaking with samples at the end of of their exclusive aged cheddars. On the first floor there is a food court where visitors can grab some ice cream, a meal or snack. There is also a shop filled with souvenirs and goodies.

The building is fully accessible with push button entrances, an accessible bathroom, and an elevator is available to reach the second level. Book a tour and fully enjoy this renowned attraction.

Kelly’s Brighton Marina

Kelly’s Brighton Marina is an accessible seaside destination on the Tillamook Coast
Kelly’s Brighton Marina

Kelly’s Brighton Marina in Rockaway Beach is a charming seaside destination known for its picturesque views, fresh seafood, and vibrant atmosphere. With a prime location overlooking the marina, visitors can enjoy delicious meals while taking in the sights of boats and the ocean. The cozy ambiance and friendly staff make Kelly’s a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Check out more pictures and accessibility details here.

Cedar Wetlands Preserve

Wheelchair-accessible trails at the Cedar Wetlands Preserve in Rockaway Beach, Oregon
Accessible trail at Cedar Wetlands Preserve

Cedar Wetlands Preserve, located in Rockaway Beach, is a serene natural area known for its lush wetlands and diverse wildlife. Visitors can explore peaceful walking or wheeling trails and observe various bird species in their natural habitat. This tranquil preserve offers a perfect escape for nature lovers and those seeking a quiet retreat.

The paths are accessible with mainly level deck trails. Designated accessible parking is available, however, the bathroom onsite isn't accessible.

Cape Meares Lighthouse and Octopus Tree

Two wheelchair-users going down the trail to Cape Meares Lighthouse on the Tillamook Coast
Cape Meares Lighthouse

Roughly 20 minutes from Tillamook is Cape Meares Lighthouse, a beautiful outdoor stroll with idyllic views of the coast. There is accessible parking available with curb cuts to the pavement trail leading down to the lighthouse. The trail down is moderately steep, so manual wheelchair-users may need assistance in coming back up. There is also a lookout area that is essentially connected to the parking lot, overlooking the Oregon cliffs and waves crashing into the side.

Adjacent to the lighthouse trail is another compact, dirt trail through the woods that takes you to the unique Octopus Tree. Just beyond that is another lookout area that follows the coastline. Cape Meares is certainly worth seeing.

Beach Wheelchair and Track Chair Rentals on the Tillamook Coast (for free)

Beach wheelchair in Tillamook Coast, Oregon
Track chair on a Tillamook Coast beach

Visitors with physical disabilities have options to reserve (for free) beach wheelchairs for exploring local beaches and easier maneuvering on the sand. Keep in mind that rental times are typically limited to weekends, so make sure to reserve one in advance. Here are some options:

  • In Manzanita: offers an electric motorized beach chair. Availability is on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for a limited time. Make reservations at David’s Chair
  • In Rockaway Beach: contact Troxel’s Gem and Jewelry Store. Call or text 541-418-2842 or email rockawayrocks@gmail.com
  • In Netarts: located at Happy Camp Lodge. Make a reservation for an electric all-terrain chair at David’s Chair.
  • In Pacific City: for beach wheelchairs, contact Cape Kiwanda RV Park or fill out their form to reserve.
  • In Pacific City: reserve an electric all-terrain chair at David’s Chair
  • At Nehalem Bay State Park: make a reservation by calling 503-812-0650 Ext. 20, or stop by the park ranger station
  • At Cape Lookout State Park: make a reservation by calling 503-842-3182 Ext. 221 or stop by the park ranger station
  • At Barview Jetty County Campground: make a reservation by calling 503-322-3522 or stop by the campground entry station

For more information, visit Tillamook Coast's official website.

Top Restaurants on the Tillamook Coast

You're on a coastal vacation, it's time to indulge a little, right? There are fantastic options for fresh seafood and delicious grub during your visit on the Tillamook Coast. Here are a few options to consider.

Blue Heron French Cheese Co.

Serves: Grilled sandwiches, soups and salads, appetizers, and breakfast
Location: Tillamook, Oregon
Accessibility: Step-free entrance, free-space under tables

Has wine tasting, petting-farm, and gift-shop selling cheeses, honey, smoked seafood, and more.

Offshore Grill and Coffee House

Serves: specialty coffee drinks, sandwiches, salads, seasonal seafood, local pasture-raised meat dishes and more.
Location: Manzanita, Oregon
Accessibility: Step-free entrance, accessible restrooms, accessible parking, door width of 36 inches

Has outdoor seating. Gluten free and vegan options available.

Werner Beef & Brew

Serves: sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, appetizers, craft beer
Location: Tillamook, Oregon
Accessibility: Step-free entrance, accessible parking, door width of 40 inches

Outdoor seating available.

Pelican Brewing Company

Serves: seafood, burgers and sandwiches, soups and salads, craft beer
Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
Accessibility: Step-free entrance, accessible restroom, accessible parking

Outdoor seating available with ocean views.

Wanda's Cafe + Bakery

Serves: breakfast dishes, coffee drinks, baked goods, soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches
Location: Nehalem, Oregon
Accessibility: ramp entrance, accessible parking, door width of 36 inches

*Bathroom not designated for people with disabilities. Seasonal outdoor seating available. Vegan options available.

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You won't find many places like the Tillamook Coast. It's charming scenery and welcoming environment makes for a remarkable getaway. You will find great accessibility in not only the hotels, restaurants, and indoor activities – but outdoor as well. How does a getaway to Tillamook Coast sound?

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