This 18 acre botanical park has a short loop trail through a bog area overlooking patches of Darlingtonia (carnivorous plants). These carnivorous plants, commonly known as pitcher plant or cobra lily, trap insects with their sweet smell. The insect ultimately falls to the bottom of the plant stem, where it is digested for its nutrients. This strangely-shaped plant is the only member of the pitcher plant family in Oregon. This wayside area is most interesting in May, when the lilies are in bloom. Admission is free.
Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside is located about 25 miles south of Yachats on the east side of Highway 101. Turn east onto Mercer Lake Road to get to the park.