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Oswald West State Park

Cannon Beach, OR
800-551-6949, 503-368-5154
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Trenton, New Jersey, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We thought the view was beautiful here. We love the outdoors so this was a nice place to spot to soak up some sun and view.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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123 reviews 123 reviews
41 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We go here every time we visit the area to take the short hike out to Short Sands Beach. There is a longer hike to Falcon Point but we only did the first bit.

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Seattle, Washington
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147 reviews 147 reviews
38 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Lots to see in Oswald West State Park but the best of all is Falcon Cove Beach. The beach here is naturally terraced from the hillside with river rocks for close to a mile which makes it unlike anywhere else on the Oregon Coast. Pretty much unknown as most visit the sand beach north of here. Amazing views and big... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

"Short Sand" Beach is gorgeous and very popular with surfers. Plenty of room for everyone. Does require a little hike from the parking lot to get down to it. Public rest rooms available at the beach and at the parking lot.

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Springfield, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Park the car and take the short hike. The giant old growth trees are fantastic. You will hear the ocean before you see it. Take your time and enjoy

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

My buddy and I took a quick hike and loved every minute. We took a calculated risk and headed down Cape Falcon itself to find someone had been there before and left ropes tied up. So...naturally we headed down to check out the tide pools. A bit risky, but well worth it if you are up for the adventure. Most... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Popular place to surf. It's a bit of a hike down to the water - about 10 minutes, all downhill, through the forest. There is lot parking and restrooms before hiking down. The beach is protected from strong winds by two points on either side. A great place to spend the day surfing, hanging out, drinking beer, barbecuing (just remember... More

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Wheeler, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I have lived in the vicinity for a year and still make time to go to this place a couple of times a month...it is that good. Short Sands Beach along with the brief hike there are possibly some of the best in the entire world.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
9 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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