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Oswald West State Park

Cannon Beach, OR 97130
+1 800-551-6949
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an easy hike on a well marked trail with a gorgeous reward

Love it here! It is a sheltered cove with restrooms available. Be aware that the parking lots get... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
Helix, Oregon
Beautiful walking trail down to the park

The trip there is the best part. Your walk takes you through a rainforest with old growth timber... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Monroe, Louisiana
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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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Cannon Beach, OR 97130
+1 800-551-6949
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Love it here! It is a sheltered cove with restrooms available. Be aware that the parking lots get crowded so go early for the best parking.

Thank Nursemommyharv
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

The trip there is the best part. Your walk takes you through a rainforest with old growth timber. Several trail options. You end up at the ocean. There are restrooms there. Some people were surfing and others like us were just looking. Beautiful

Thank catbird40319
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We got to the parking lot early enough to find parking then headed to the north end of the lot to the trail. It is a beautiful easy walk through the woods and before you know it... There it is. This stunning little beach that...More

Thank Mountainstormer
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Stop at the large(ish) asphalt parking lot on the east side of Hwy 101 heading south out of Cannon Beach to access Short Sands Trail - South Trailhead - at Oswald West State Park. Easy trail in old forest along Short Sand Creek; all the...More

Thank gaia43
Reviewed 9 October 2017

The parks on the Oregon Coast are breathtaking and this was true for Oswald. If you haven't been here, GO!

Thank punkiepam
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Park in the large parking lot right off of 101. Stroll through the forest to a beautiful beach. Many surfers were out when we there, It made for an interesting time. Lovely walk, gorgeous beach. Stop and see it!

Thank acnona
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We stopped at the Oswald West State Park, based on good reviews from Trip Advisor. We chose the Cape Falcon Trail - a 2 1/2 mile trail that begins at the northwest parking lot along Highway 101. You hike through the high-growing salal and all...More

Thank Zamigaos
Reviewed 27 September 2017

On a drive along the northern Oregon coast, our friends knew that we should top at the state park and take the short (1/2 mile each way) walk out to the beach. It was so worth it. The path is paved and easy. The old...More

Thank DStin0731
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited here yesterday. We have driven by the parking lot on 101 several times, over the years, with out stopping. We decided we needed to check it out. We should not have waited . What a wonderful area. Once you make...More

Thank Gravy64
Reviewed 20 September 2017

The park is small . It takes a while to walk the trail & the beach was not anything special. Nice trails . It took me 30 Mts to walk the trail as I am disabled & by that time we had to leave. If...More

Thank Rama1004
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1 June 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
22 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