Highway 101 winds along near water as it passes through northern Tillamook County. From Manzanita, it's a short distance south to Nehalem, where the highway begins to track along the Nehalem River. Past Wheeler, the river empties into the Pacific and Highway 101 then follows along the beach, past Rockaway Beach, until it reaches the edge of Tillamook Bay at Barview. From there, it winds along the edge of Tillamook Bay until past Garibaldi it turns inland, away from the increasingly shallow waters of the bay, until it reaches Tillamook, the county seat of Tillamook County.
Milepost 43.9 Nehalem Bay State Park Beginning 3 miles west of Hwy 101, the park extends to the tip of the spit enclosing Nehalem Bay and has extensive camping facilities including 260 campsites, 18 yurts, a hikerbiker camp, and a horse camp with corrals. An adjacent airport allows fly-in camping.
44.7 Nehalem (ZIP 97131)
46.0 Boat Ramp A Tillamook County ramp on the Nehalem River provides access to both river and bay. Restrooms.
46.6 Junction Hwy 53 This slow route roughly parallels Hwy 101 and joins Hwy 26 after 17 miles of winding road. Nehalem Bay Winery is a couple miles down the road in Mohler.
47.0 Wheeler (ZIP 97147)
48.7 Manhattan Beach State Park Sheltered picnic tables and a trail to the beach. Restrooms.
50.0 Lake Lytle The lake is stocked with trout for fishing. Water skiing and jet boats are also permitted. Kayaks can often be rented.
50.8 Rockaway Beach (ZIP 97136)
53.8 Barview Jetty County Park The park has an excellent jetty plus picnic and extensive camping facilities. Barview is an unincoporated community at the mouth of Tillamook Bay.
54.0 Three Graces Watch for wildlife on these three monumental rocks within the bay.
54.8 Tillamook Bay Viewpoint
55.3 Coast Guard Barracks
55.6 Garibaldi (ZIP 97118)
56.9 Miami River This river is noted for its trout fishing.
60.8 Bay City (ZIP 97107) At this community of 1160 on Tillamook Bay, you notice huge mounds of oyster shells on the waterfront left over from oyster processing. Think recycling, for the shells are used to grow a new crop of oysters. This community also has an art gallery and an arts center. City Hall: PO Box 3309, 377-2288.
61.0 Alderbrook Golf Course Originally built in 1925 as a nine-hole course, Alderbrook now offers 18 challenging holes.
63.0 Kilchis River
63.9 Tillamook Cheese Factory Ample parking is available at the largest cheese factory on the coast. See cheese being produced as you take a self-guided tour. Besides cheese, shop a wide selection of gift items for sale, as well as yummy ice cream. In front of the factory is a replica of the Morning Star, a ship built in 1854 to carry local products to market. Tillamook Chamber & Visitors Center is at the south edge of the parking lot.
64.0 Bay Breeze Golf This nine-hole executive course and driving range also has an 18-hole putting course for non-golfers.
64.1 Wilson River Bridge This McCullough designed bridge, built in 1931, is known as a bowstring arch design very similar to Big Creek bridge in Lane County south of Yachats.
64.4 Wilson Loop Road/Turnoff for Latimer Quilt & Textile Center
65.0 Blue Heron French Cheese & Wine Company Domestic and imported cheeses, including Blue Heron brie and camembert, are available to sample and buy. A wine-tasting room features selections from throughout the state. And a small petting farm entertains children of all ages.