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Oswald West State Park

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Address: Cannon Beach, OR 97130
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Scenic state park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of mostly undeveloped...

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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A walk through old growth forest to the beach

A must experience when you come to the Oregon coast. Take a walk through old grown forest on a paved path from Hwy 101 to the beach. A popular surfing spot, but a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2016
Elsa L
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Nehalem, Oregon
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Nehalem, Oregon
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

A must experience when you come to the Oregon coast. Take a walk through old grown forest on a paved path from Hwy 101 to the beach. A popular surfing spot, but a beautiful forest/sea experience you will remember. This photograph is of Short Sands Beach where you can bask in the sun and take in the view. (Summer)

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Yachats
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

I'm over the top in love with this place. The forest and ocean is amazing. There is a trail or view to fill every heart with wonder. Having said all that, I don't want to share it!

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Thank Rena M
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

while traveling south along the coast we stopped here for some hiking. It was overcast with off/on rain but the trail is mostly paved. The trees and foliage were absolutely breathtaking. Being from so cal, I've never seen such beautiful landscaping. Lots of different trails and easy walking

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Thank Steve C
Vancouver
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Since I was a kid, my folks took us to Short Sands Beach, plus when we had company. Now there are restrooms on each of the trails so you don't have to hike all the way back to the parking lot! And they have wonderful trails now and well kept! A lot of fun to check the tide pools for... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a great park right off the 101. It's a short, easy walk for adults and kids of all ages. We had our 6 month old in a backpack. Be prepared for wet weather and some slippery conditions on the trails. I found a small glass buoy along with our items with lots of Japanese writing on the beach... More 

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Revelstoke, Canada
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

On the road again. There are so many really pretty places to stop and take photo's. The ocean and terrain is stunning!!!

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bham
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

Make sure you get a map so you can choose the hike that best suits your time and how far you want to hike. Between the old growth tress and the beautiful views of the ocean from a height it is a great opportunity to spend time at a real gem. There are about 14 different trails and they are... More 

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Bunbury, Australia
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Breathtaking views, impossible to capture without a panoramic camera. Highway wall engineering is impressive. Parking offroad is adequate.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful beach! Short hike from the parking lot along side a little creek flowing into the ocean. Watched locals surfing and saw a few Dungeness crabs and unfortunately a dead young humpback whale that had washed up on the shoreline. Take the time to walk all the way down the beach to the cliff face. Cool little caves that set... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Lots of options at this state park. Stunning coast and some good hikes. Beach is short walk from parking (lots of parking) and bathrooms.

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