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Address: Cannon Beach, OR
Phone Number: 800-551-6949, 503-368-5154
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Activities: Camping, Hiking, Surfing
Description: 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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Beautiful location to spend with your family and friends. Great beach, fantastic views. Wonderful sunsets.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Honey Grove, Texas, United States
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Honey Grove, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful location to spend with your family and friends. Great beach, fantastic views. Wonderful sunsets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite spots to hang out. Good hiking trails. The weather here is superior to Clatsop County. Sunnier and warmer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Short Sand Beach is one of my favorites on the Oregon Coast of the beaches I have visited. It is so beautiful, and it is tucked away slightly so it is a little warmer than the surrounding areas. There is a great hike that takes you above the Short Sand Beach and you can get absolutely stunning views. On... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

To get to the beach, you take a nice walk through the woods. There are some nice picnic tables just before you go down to the beach. Although the beach isn't big, there's a waterfall and you can watch the surfers. This would be a beautiful place for a small wedding.

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Amazing views, forest walks, secluded beach and a taste of the dramatic Oregon coastline. Would return again and again!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

When my family enjoys Oswald West, we always refer to it as "Short Sands" because that's the name of the beach and that's where we head. The parking lot is large and easily accessible. There are restrooms there as well as at the beach end of the trail. We have been taking this walk for decades, and I can vouch... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

My boyfriend and I hiked around a bit over the weekend. We parked at a small lot on the west side of 101 marked as Oswald West- North. There is a short hike to the beach with some very mild inclines. There is a much larger parking area just south and a much easier hike along a creek but the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The forested hike to the beach at Pirate Cove is beautiful. The secluded, sheltered beach is a surfer's haven, which means it's sometimes crowded. All the trails are accessible, but final access is probably too much for some, and wheelchairs won't make it beyond the picnic area.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Oswald West State Park is a quintessential Pacific Northwest environment....green misty woods filled with old growth mossy trees, nurse logs, giant ferns, and a picturesque cove beach filled with driftwood. A short drive south of Cannon Beach OW has numerous interesting hiking trails as well as a suspended bridge over a fern filled gulley and stream. A lovely and peaceful... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a great place to stop. There are many short, fairly easy hikes down to the beach. You hike through these beautiful forests full of ferns and huge trees and over small creeks and then end up on this incredible stretch of beach. The trails are very well maintained and marked so it is an easy hike. It is... More 

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Address: Address: Cannon Beach, OR
Phone Number: 800-551-6949, 503-368-5154
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Oregon Coast  >  Cannon Beach

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