Memaloose Point Boat Ramp
This is an extremely popular boat ramp during hunting and fishing seasons, and summer brings quite a lot of activity as well. However, very early spring and very late winter will usually see this boat ramp as fairly quiet.
While the primary activity is the boat ramp and the parking, the point serves as a small view point of parts of Tillamook Bay, and bird watching isn't unheard of either.
The only restroom facility here is a dual pit toilet.
The boat ramp itself is fairly nice, with pavement that is grooved to help traction, and floating piers to help with launch and retrieval.
Currently (March of 2014) the fee to park anywhere near this parking area is $4 - no matter if you are launching a boat or not. There is a self service pay station near the pit toilet facility for doing this.
Please note that if you have a craft that is 10 feet or longer you must have an invasive species permit.
- Sailing and Boating
The Bayocean Peninsula
When the community of Bayocean was destroyed by poor construction planning, the area it once occupied became a county park. There are no restrooms in the park itself, but there is a pit toilet just south of the intersection of Highway 131 and Bayocean Road. There is also a boat ramp with public toilets but using the park requires paying a day use fee.
I have put most of my information about this park in the Cape Meares State Park area as this park is closer to Bayocean than is Tillamook. See my Bayocean Park Tip in the Cape Meares State Park section.
- Hiking and Walking
Tillamook Cheese Factory: Famous Dairy Products
Part ice cream store (selling of course only Tillamook brand ice cream), part factory tour, and part tourist trap, the Tillamook Cheese Factory (with Ice Cream) is by far the most famous of anything in Tillamook, and perhaps the most famous single thing on the Oregon Coast.
However, there has already been so much written about the Tillamook Cheese Factory, and its factory tours, that I am not sure there is too much for me to add.
I will add a warning, however: this is a major tourist attraction on the Oregon Coast, and especially on warm days, especially on the weekends, expect there to be a very long line for ice cream. You could do better buying a gallon of Tillamook one of the local grocery stores if you have a particular favorite flavor. You could also do better coming on a weekday, or during a cold winter day!
How to Get Here: The parking area is just north of Latimer Road N. and Highway 101. If coming from Portland, take Wilson River Loop north to Latimer Road (across the bridge at the end of the road) and go west to the factory parking area. The southern part of the parking area is less congested, but is mostly reserved for large vehicles such as RVs and boat trailers. However, the western edge of this parking area has parking for smaller vehicles. It is best to use this area if possible due to the less congested nature of it as opposed to the main parking area closer to the main entrance of the factory. It is a slightly longer walk, but not too bad. There is a traffic light at Latimer Road and highway 101 that serves as the main exit point, and allows visitors wishing to go south on 101 to make an easy left turn into traffic.
The factory is on the north side of downtown Tillamook, past the arch bridge over the Wilson River. As seen in Photo 3, the factory parking lot is very well marked. The factory complex might not be the largest in Tillamook, but it is the largest factory complex type building in the city.
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
- Road Trip
Blue Heron French Cheese Company
We stopped at Blue Heron after passing the Tillamook factory and seeing boucoup cars in the parking lot----Blue Heron only had Brie but also sold other local cheeses in its shop...Not much a fan of brie, I bought some sharp havarti (never had that before!) and some Tillamook sharp cheddar...some cool photo ops outside with some farm animals and signage...
They also do a wine tasting with local vintages, 5 samples for $5, or one full glass and 5 tastes for $10. Some wines include Blue Heron Reserve, Dragonfly, Barnard Griffin, and Flying Fish, to name a few.....
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
If you happen to be in the area and like cheese then stop by the Tillamook Factory. Here you can take a self-guided tour of the facility and see the cheese-maiking process and then stop by the visitor's center for cheese samples, ice cream and gifts. It's not terribly exciting, but it's a fun little diversion and a good place to stretch your legs if you're passing through and the cheese is tasty!
- Food and Dining
- Road Trip
Tillamook Cheese Factory
One thing that I miss and will try to visit again, is the cheese factory. Why? I just love to see how dairy products are made and of course sampling them!!
The ice-cream is to die for! So creamy and full of flavour, and served in fresh waffle cones. The variety of ice-creams they had left me wishing I could sample them all... Blueberry Cheesecake, Caramel Butter Pecan, Coffee Almond Fudge, Lemon Angel Food, Mom’s Apple Pie, Oregon Black Cherry, Peaches ‘N Crème (this one I had), Strawberry Cheesecake... I better stop torchering myself.
Munson Creek falls
At over 260 feet Munson Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall in the North Coastal Range. The lower trail leads to the base of the falls in about ¼ mile. For full views of the falls, follow the upper trail approximately ½ mile to an view over looking the gorge. The trails were built as part of youth programs in 1960-62 and 1978-79. The creek was named after Goran Munson, who came from Michigan and settled in the area in 1889.
Tillamook Air Museum
The huge hangar visible from Highway 101, 2 miles south of Tillamook, is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. The Museum covers the history of NAS Tillamook and lighter-than-air technology and houses the largest collection of flyable warbirds in the Pacific Northwest.
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