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Oswald West State Park

Cannon Beach, OR
800-551-6949, 503-368-5154
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Surfing
Traveler Description: Oswald West State Park, located 10 miles south of Cannon Beach on highway 101, offers year-round recreation opportunities.  The park encompasses... more »
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Yangshuo County, China
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I am a surfer, and when seaside isn't good, Oswald is the place to go. The beach is also great to just hang out on. It is somewhat of a long walk down, but it is beautiful. Also it does get a bit crowded during the summer.

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Manzanita, OR
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Oswald west, or "shorties" as the locals call it, is the one beach that you have to visit on the Oregon coast. There are big trees, that I believe are second growth, along the lovely and peaceful short walk to the beach. The beach is short (thus the name) but wonderful with dramatic cliffs and two streams running into it.... More

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Everett, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

This is a wide, well maintained trail with only small altitude loss to the beach. I'd rate it very easy. I forgot to check the distance, but probably under 1/2 mile one way. The cove is nice, wide, and pretty with a waterfall at the north end. Restrooms with flush toilets, picnicking spots, but no overnight facilities.

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Dallas, Texas
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29 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We happened to stop at this pullout off 101 that we later learned was for Smuggler's Cove within Oswald West State Park - great blind find & highly recommend. We parked in the smaller lot south of the the larger primary lot. The path to the Beach is easy to find and a relatively short walk - the trail down... More

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Stamford CT
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43 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Parking lot is along hwy 101; to reach the beach, you take a short hike through dramatic old growth rain forest, along a rushing brook to a beautiful beach. Walking along the beach to a dramatic waterfall. Breathtaking. Fun to watch the surfers, one accompanied by his surf-swimming chocolate lab.

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Bellevue, Washington
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The view point here is perfectly located up high with a view of the immediate rocky coast and the beach starting at Manzanita stretching out to the south. Worth the stop.

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Astoria, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The hike is great on a good day....a little rough on a rainy or soggy day. While the trail is maintained, it is not easy for anyone with walking difficulty. The forest is so full of things to marvel at....then you get to the beach! It is an amazing view and definitely worth the hike. I would recommend bringing your... More

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Jacksonville, Oregon
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

came across this place the last time I was through this area a few years when it was raining. Even then it was beautiful. Love the hike through the old growth trees, the creek running through it and seeing the beach at the end is beautiful. Even if you're short on time driving on the coast you should check it... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Park on the east side of the road and if you are older like me (61), be prepared for a slightly challenging walk down to the beach but it is well worth it and is a popular spot for surfers. The trek throughout the old growth Forrest and then coming to the picnic area overlooking the beach is breath taking!... More

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

One of the most beautiful and enjoyable hikes ever and we have hiked many places in the US. Enjoyed the gradual uphill gain over the 2.5 miles with the in and out peek-a-boos of the coast. The cape itself was impressive. Total hike 5 miles on the out and back trail and this asthmatic was not winded at all.

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