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Oswald West State Park

Cannon Beach, OR 97130
+1 800-551-6949
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Best of Both: Beach And Woods

Some visitors enjoy the hikes here through dense forest trails, and others enjoy the beach and... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Georgetown, Texas
Trail is better than the beach.

We didn't think the beach was particularly special. Not bad, just not anything exceptional. The... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
Leslie F
Henderson, Nevada
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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.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Cannon Beach, OR 97130
Cannon Beach, OR 97130
+1 800-551-6949
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Some visitors enjoy the hikes here through dense forest trails, and others enjoy the beach and views. We found this to be a popular place on our visit with many families set up in the beach area to enjoy the day. We found lots of...More

Thank NTSU1975
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We didn't think the beach was particularly special. Not bad, just not anything exceptional. The trail, however, was very lovely and mossy

Thank Leslie F
Reviewed 25 August 2017

spent an afternoon surfing here and just enjoying the beach. Did a great hike out to Falcon Cove. Highly recommend if you like to get out and explore the coast.

Thank corporateskibum67
Reviewed 18 August 2017

trails were fun. Marked really well. Important to wear the correct type of footwear. We noticed many people in flip flops. Many roots to climb over but worth the view when you reach the point!

Thank Kelly187
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Must make a stop on this beach if touring the coast. This is near Cannon beach and offers spectacular vistas and views. . reminds us of Amalfi coast in Italy. Soaring cliffs and crashing waves. . really nice to look, relax. Water was too cold,...More

Thank Cityslicker561
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Perfect beach. The hike in was not as bad as I had thought. My 6 year old and 8 year old loved playing in the creek.

Thank mrsStafford
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Lots of interesting interlocking trails through the forest, with several following a creek, and great trails down to Short Sand Beach where you can watch the surfers. Most of the trails are easy enough for kids. Beautiful place.

1  Thank Pat F
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Oswald West State Park has it all: running creeks, old growth trees, wide accessible trails, a stunning beach, surfing waves, tide pools, trails for longer hikes that culminate in great views, and a seasonable waterfall. I suggest that you arrive early and beat the crowds....More

Thank Christy S
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We walked to this beach twice during our week in Nehalem because it was a favorite. The walk is a little off putting because it makes it hard to carry food and chairs, etc. But it is well worth the effort. Lots of surfers like...More

1  Thank TerrysTravelAgency
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We accidentally stumbled upon this place while heading to Astoria. Boy am I glad we did! I could not get over the beauty of this place! The Short Sand trail down to the beach was well worth the 1/2 mile hike. Although it's not a...More

3  Thank TeamBumgarner
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31 May 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
22 May 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
21 December 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