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Oswald West State Park

Address: Cannon Beach, OR
Phone Number: 800-551-6949, 503-368-5154
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Cannon Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Surfing
Owner description: Scenic state park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of mostly undeveloped land, which is ideal for a...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Surfing
Owner description: 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This is a favorite spot to take my friends visiting for out of town. You can do a short hike through old growth trees,streams,mossy ferns, working your way up to views over the bluffs over the Pacific. Or sit on the beach and watch the surfers and the beautiful sunset. the best!

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Portland, Oregon
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13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The short (1/2 mile or so) walk to the ocean is suitable for all-even the walking-challenged. Favored by surfers, the ocean comes ashore in a secluded-feeling cove which apparently has good waves. The walk is very nicely graveled (smooth) & goes through a grove of very mature spruce trees, many already fallen & hosting ferns, mushrooms, wildflowers, birds & salamanders.... More 

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Banks, Oregon
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great hiking trails and very clean and well kept park. You can walk along the beach or take one of the forest trails.

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Portland, Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I love the Oregon Coast and have been many times, but somehow missed Oswald State Park. The beach was pristine and offered a wonderful chance to watch surfers and let my dog wander. The hike out to Cape Falcon was a little challenging with a wide variety of trail conditions along the way, but oh, so worth it.

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Portland, Oregon
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I hadn't taken the hike down to the beach from Oswald West State Park in many years until this past weekend. Wow! A most incredible beach. The hike is beautiful through the forest (used to have a campground there but it closed a few years back). The beach has surfers, little waterfalls from the rocks and we saw a cute... More 

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Eagle, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Did the short sands beach walk which was a nice leg stretcher, and then pulled off on the road where the oregon coast trail crosses the highway and continues up inland. We wandered on a trail down towards a meadow then up thru a cliff where we had a fantastic view of the ocean beating into a small cove in... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

My husband and I went here for one of our stops on our honeymoon road trip. It was one of my favorite things we did while there. For his grooms gift I got us surfing lessons. He already knows how to, but I thought I'd learn so we can go more often together. We loved it. The cove is beautiful.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Loved, loved, loved the hikes and the views of the ocean from the mountain. Be prepared for a difficult, steep hike up - worth all the effort!

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Boise, Idaho
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Wow! This must be the jewel of the Oregon park system. It's a five minute walk down to the beach through old-growth forest. Between the side-trails in the forest and the beach, you could easily spend a full day here.

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Seattle, Washington
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

best surf spot on the northwest coast; a nice walk through old-growth forest to the over-look and the huge beach with plenty of surf spots. easy to paddle out and very friendly beach-goers.

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