Devil’s Churn and Thor’s Well – The Wonders of Oregon Coast

“Through all the things my eyes have seen the best by far is you.” – Cecilia and the Satellite

For those who have been following my blog, it’s a known fact the ocean/sea will always be my first love. I expected to enjoy the Oregon Coast. I just didn’t think it would blow me away with it’s unique and rugged beauty.

Devil’s Churn is located in Yachats, Oregon and part of the Siuslaw National Forest. There’s a reason why they call it Devil’s Churn anyone could see the wrath of the ocean slamming against the rocks. It’s scary, dangerous and completely captivating. I didn’t want to leave…(I know, I had the same feeling with Benham falls) The trail going down is scenic and kid-friendly. However, once you reach the bottom it is very easy to slip on the rocks.

Scenic trail to Devil’s Churn
View from halfway

Below you’ll see the warning sign as well as the rock formations on the coastline. We definitely went during high tide to see it’s full effect. You won’t really appreciate it as much during low tide.

The next stop was Thor’s Well which was around half a mile by car. On the way down, you’ll literally see a lot of people just staring at Thor’s Well and another group staring at Sprouting Horn. I call it The Oregon Coast effect it takes you to a different place.

I feel that my pictures will never show it’s true magnificence so I hope you enjoy the video of Thor’s Well below.

Tips for this trip

1. You could spend a few minutes to hours on each location. Bring snacks and water.
2. There is a day pass required to park at Devil’s Churn found at the parking. Fee is $5/day or you could find parking on the street free of charge.
3. Bring a camera.
4. Make sure you have a full tank of gas.
5. Bring a map, GPS or save maps on your phone. Some areas do not have any cell phone signal. If you like going to remote areas I would suggest a cell phone signal booster in case of emergency. This is good for voice and text.
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6. Wear sturdy hiking boots and always exercise caution when exploring both Devil’s Churn and Thor’s Well. It’s very easy to slip and hurt yourself on the rocks. Please check out the link below from Amazon.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. Please feel free to comment. I’d love to hear from you.

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49 Comments Add yours

  1. john812ram says:

    If your there again. I suggest Multnomah Falls. It’s amazing.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yeah, I agree. Multnomah is nice. I’ve been there but it’s just too crowded for my taste. For some reason I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other places in Oregon. 😊

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      1. john812ram says:

        Weird!? Whenever my wife and I have been there i don’t remember too bad of a crowd. Maybe we have been going on the off seasons and never realized it! Oregon is awesome. Thanks for sharing

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      2. Bel says:

        Lol you’re lucky. I guess it’s just me – I like places where it’s away from the city and just miles and miles of forest. The coast had quite a crowd too but because it was huge I didn’t mind. My favorite was Benham – only saw 2 or 3 people when I was there. In Painted Hills – I was completely alone. Loner heaven 😂

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      3. john812ram says:

        Loner heaven sounds glorious!!

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      4. Bel says:

        Yup – my family/friends think I’m crazy for loving solitude. But nature is the best destresser. I wouldn’t survive this world without it. 😊

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      5. john812ram says:

        Maybe they’re crazy!

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      6. Bel says:

        😂😂😂

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  2. The Oregon and Washington Coasts are both beautiful. For a long time my fallback vacation was getting north of San Francisco and driving the coastal route, with stops along the way. So many wonders of nature to explore. Thanks for the memories!

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    1. Bel says:

      It’s so different from the Southern California Coast that’s why it blew me away. I wasn’t used to seeing that kind of ruggedness. Loved it! So glad it brought back good memories for you. 😊

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      1. North of San Francisco and upward reminds me more of the Atlantic Coast. SoCal coast is a very different animal indeed, though it does have its charms in places.

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      2. Bel says:

        It does have it’s own charm. Malibu is my favorite when I need a quick getaway. It’s like I fall in love with every single place I visit 😂

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  3. What an incredible place. Would make a wonderful setting for a haunting mystery/romance type novel. I am not necessarily a reader of those types, but I just can see this setting in a book and/or movie. Very unique and somewhat scary.

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    1. Bel says:

      I can totally see that with this backdrop. I’m sure some writers have written about it after visiting this place. It really has all the elements for the haunted setting 😊

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  4. I visited both spots this summer, Bel. They were beautiful and dramatic, though I didn’t get as close as you did. The whole coast is pretty amazing from bottom to top. We were visiting all the lighthouses (that were open to the public) and happed upon Devil’s Churn and Thor’s Well in our travels. 😀

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    1. Bel says:

      I’m glad you saw them too. I went as close as “safely” possible 😂 There was one lighthouse I couldn’t find because of road closure/restrictions. You’re right – the effect is pretty dramatic. 😊

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  5. K E Garland says:

    Wow. Those videos are amazing and it seems like a really awesome thing to see in person!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Had to show the video so that you could see the full effect. 😊

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  6. Very cool! The video is great!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! So glad you liked it.

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  7. Thor’s Well is really cool!!! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Bel says:

      It is! Glad you liked it. Thank you 😊

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  8. Dave Ply says:

    I’ve been to Devils Churn and Thors Well and your pictures bring me back. But what’s missing are the sounds…

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    1. Bel says:

      There were too many people talking in the background. Next time I’ll try to incorporate the sound with it. 😊

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  9. Great photos👌 looks fantastic😊💜

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊 Much appreciated

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      1. Most welcome Bel, you sure do visit some fascinating places💜

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      2. Bel says:

        I try and get lucky sometimes 😊

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      3. At least the luck is on your side Bel😊 I love seeing your posts, looks incredible💜

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      4. Bel says:

        You’re so sweet. I really appreciate the support it keeps me going…😊

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      5. Thank you😊 sometimes a little bit of support is all we need💜

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  10. You sure do a great job of finding beautiful places to explore Bel! I too was fascinated with the ruggedness of the Oregon coast, but haven’t been to either of these places. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks! I try my best 😊 Now you just have to add it to the gazillion reasons you have to visit Oregon again 😂

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  11. Amazing Pictures as usual. I love the way you put us right IN the location instead of just the pictures or just the descriptions. Great blog! I look forward to all of your posts!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I appreciate it. It’s really what I wanted out of this blog to take my readers with me and hopefully inspire them to travel or just be outdoors.

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  12. That looks beautiful! Can’t wait to get out to the west coast. If you’re able to come check out Acadia National Park in Maine, it has something very similar. I think I’ll always prefer these kinds of coastlines over flat sandy beaches… they just seem more rugged and captivating. 🙂

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    1. Bel says:

      I was actually reading about Acadia National Park the other day and was hoping I’d be able to visit it soon. It’s really beautiful. I agree that I like this more than the usual sandy beaches. It’s really a lot more interesting 😊

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  13. I particularly like the way you start with a quote before writing about yet another exciting hike. You have probably helped many people back into the outdoors and better health.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I really hope I do. 😊

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  14. ismeet1012 says:

    Whoa! This looks fantastic👌

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. It really is amazing 😊

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  15. I’m speechless. What a stunning post! I wish I could travel to Devil’s Churn, but I have a fear of flying, so I’ll just have to enjoy your pictures and words!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. You are too kind! I’m sure there are equally beautiful places where you are that you could explore. 😊

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  16. Ken Dowell says:

    Loved the video of Thor’s Well. Pretty amazing.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, I don’t know how long I stood there just staring at it. 😊

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  17. Anonymous says:

    We live in Oregon and, without a doubt we love to over there in our RV. The Oregon is like no other

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    1. Bel says:

      I would do the same if I lived in Oregon – such a beautiful place 😊

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