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“cape falcon”(26 reviews)
Scenic state park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of mostly undeveloped land, which is ideal for a variety of outdoor recreation including surfing, kayaking, bird watching, hiking and camping.
Cannon Beach, OR 97130
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All reviews short sands beach cape falcon old growth forest short hike falcon point suspension bridge easy hike oregon coast huge trees parking lot off the highway beautiful hike half mile state park nice walk hiking trails north side
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked the short trail with our adult kids and 2 & 4 yr old grandkids. It was a gorgeous trail and the views once we reached the beach were spectacular. My husband & I felt so blessed to enjoy this trip, The Oregon Coast...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank piratical
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Between multiple hikes, a wonderful short walk through some woods to the beach and spectacular views just south there is not much else you could ask for in a state park! The only downside is some overcrowding EVERY WEEKEND between June and early October. I...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jward953
Reviewed December 23, 2018

Great parking, a beautiful and varied walk, and a lovely beach. Watch the tide tables! We arrived early enough to see it all, but because it is a "short" beach, by the time we made our second loop, the tide had cut our route very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank wannaCitall00
Reviewed December 13, 2018

A little challenging because of the muddy, wet terrain (resulting in some slipping and sliding) but nice viewpoints along the way and especially at the turnaround point.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sunnydays4ever82
Reviewed December 11, 2018

This is such a change from the beaches in CA. You park in what seems the middle of a forest along the highway and then walk (not difficult, but not real handicap friendly) through an ancient forest. Lots of huge trees and a stream, very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Laura A
Reviewed November 13, 2018

We stopped at a few viewpoints as we drove through the park and we walked to Short Sands Beach (Smugglers Cove) which was absolutely beautiful! So cool to hike .5 miles through a lush forest and end up at a beautiful beach. I would highly...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank hayleypl
Reviewed November 12, 2018

What a gorgeous beach. Starting with the hike down the trail, along the creek, and through the forest. Eventually, opening up to a gorgeous cove. Nice, wide beach. Cold water, as always. Everyone is super cool. One of my faves. Don't miss the waterfall at...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Anywhere_on_the_road
Reviewed November 2, 2018

The best part of Oswald West State Park isn't visible without a commitment to a hike. For a beautiful and moderately easy short hike through heavy forest vegetation, take the Cape Falcon Trail down to Short Sands Beach (highly recommended). Or you can take the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank ColoradoJ
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

We headed down the trail toward the beach but then took the old growth trail to the creek. Wonderful walk through old growth forest. The beach was great too. Ended up making a loop. Don’t miss this easy hike. Got some gorgeous pictures. Even better...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RgCgTexas
Reviewed October 9, 2018

So beautiful, so romantic, so peaceful, so quiet and gentle there. I loved this gorgeous beach. I highly recommend it.

Date of experience: September 2018
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May 31, 2016|
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Response from Cougar11 | Reviewed this property |
In dry conditions a good athletic shoe should be fine; if wet, I would recommend hiking boots. Also dress in layers as temps vary along the trails and be sure to bring drinking water for each hiker.
Lindsay C
May 22, 2016|
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Response from Cougar11 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a wide asphalt gradual pathway that goes to the beach. You access this trail from the parking lot on the east side of 101
December 21, 2015|
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Response from detaildiva | Reviewed this property |
Just google transportation from Portland to Cannon Beach. There are some bus lines that go there regularly. Once there you would still need to get to the park, ( 15 -20 min. down the coast ). The Cannon Beach Chamber might... More