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Oswald West State Park

Cannon Beach, OR
800-551-6949, 503-368-5154
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Cannon Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Surfing
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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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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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Salem, Oregon
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

An easy forested hike from the parking lot to the beach, took some detours through the old-growth trail across suspended bridge. Cove and beach surrounded by carved limestone cliffs, crags for exploring. Many surfers, but the day we visited surf was pretty light. Can't wait to go back and hike the Falcon Head trail.

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Friday Harbor
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Took a walk to the surfer beach and found it charming. The only negative side would be the crowds that are also visiting this lovely site. It is a very easy walk from the parking lot!

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Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Every time we head out to the northwest we make sure the Oregon coastline is a part of our plans. Oswald West is our absolute favorite place to go. We love how secluded it is and when the tide is out the rocks are teaming with life. The trail heading into the beach is quite nice. There is freshwater coming... More

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