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Oswald West State Park

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Address: Cannon Beach, OR 97130
Phone Number: 800-551-6949, 503-368-5154
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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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There is a short walk to the rocky beach from the parking area. It has amazing old growth trees that are HUGE! It is a hidden gem on the Oregon coast.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Beaverton, Oregon

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Beaverton, Oregon
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a short walk to the rocky beach from the parking area. It has amazing old growth trees that are HUGE! It is a hidden gem on the Oregon coast.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the scenery, hiking and the photo opportunities. Would visit there again. Loved the area and the beach

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the few hikes we managed to do while driving through the coast since we didn't have the schedule for long excursions. There's a big parking lot off the highway, location map, restrooms and trail maps. We took the "Short Sand Beach Trail" which is about a mile long, relatively easy flat hike with not much elevation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the 10 minute walk down to the beach. By the time you get there you forget the 101. Beautiful bay. Been their lots without a surf board and never felt unwelcome. Great piece of Northwest Paradise on the Coast.

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Redmond, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With lots of parking right off Hwy 101 a few miles north of Manzanita, this little pocket beach, which is part of Oswald West State Park, is a really fun place to go. Dogs running on the beach, surfers out on the waves, and great walks and scenery. And the big logs all along the upper part of the beach... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Surfing Oregon style I guess. The 1/4 mile walk down to the beach along side a stream and big trees is nice, and there are picnic and bathroom facilities at the beach. I picked up a LOT of plastic, I guess the surfers don't care much, although one thanked me for removing a broken cooler top the tide brought in.

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We took the Short Sands trail through a old growth rain forest that was amazing and beautiful!! At the end were bathrooms,benches, and picnic tables overlooking the lovely beach, which is hemmed in by steep cliffs. It is a great trail for people of about any age. You can do it in less than 15 minutes one way, or just... More 

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Canby, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Picnic tables, large parking lot, restrooms, hiking, several different vantage points for photography. Easy drive through massive forest. Paved road, a bit narrow, watch for other driving too fast. It was sunny and windy when we were there this time. Great place to take out-of-town friends for the "Oregon Coast".

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

This park is not to be missed. I have been coming to this area for decades and never been to this beach. It is fun to watch the surfers and the families hanging out with their dogs. The hike above the coast is fantastic and just walking through the forest to get to the beach is lovely.

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peachtree city, ga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Yes, Oswald West has a beach. And it is beautiful. But the real joy of this place is the journey to the beach. Walking from the parking area to the shore and back is a delight. The path takes you through one of the finest areas of forest I have ever been through. The massive trees, many of them moss-covered,... More 

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