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Oswald West State Park

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Address: , Cannon Beach, OR
Phone Number: 800-551-6949, 503-368-5154
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Activities: Hiking, Camping, 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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A taste of the Pacific Northwest

My favorite hike was the beach access trail to Smuggler's Cove. It takes you through lush old growth forest and lands you on a beautiful sandy beach. If the tide is right, you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My favorite hike was the beach access trail to Smuggler's Cove. It takes you through lush old growth forest and lands you on a beautiful sandy beach. If the tide is right, you can also round the beach to see Smuggler's cove. It's a beautiful gem worth timing the tide for. It has a beautiful little stream that rushes down... More 

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Covington, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Loved every moment that we spent here. Hiked down from the highway and were delighted to find the tide out with dogs happily running about, children building sand castles and playing in caves and tidal pools. Decided right then and there that we may just have to move to Oregon.

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Oregon has amazing beaches so it's hard to pick a favorite. This one stands out. After a short mile or less hike on a path that follows a stream, you come to this tree shaded opening and onto this beautiful beach. I read a review that this would be the perfect place for a small wedding. I couldn't agree more.... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Nice little spot off to the side that is overshadowed by the big attractions. good for a peaceful change of pace.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

A wonder full hike to the beach. The walkway is through old growth and a nice flowing creek running down next to the pathway all the way down to the ocean.

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Spring, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We were headed for a destination to Seaside and my kids were anxious to see the beach. We stopped here to eat lunch at the picnic tables and saw the multitudes of people going down this hike. We decided to try it. The majority of the attendees were surfers. I was taking my hubbie and 3 boys to experience the... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Lovely beach with excellent sea life during low tide which we happened to get lucky to see. Large cave that is on the left side of the beach where we walked back 300 feet into darkness. Right side of beach had a beautiful waterfall and more tide pools. Tons of tide pools to keep you busy for hours. Great photo... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

great place for short hikes with family, and easy access to surfing at Short Sands beach. the beach faces southwest, so there's less wind than other places nearby, and there's plenty of room on the beach for sunbathing and all around hanging out.

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Marysville, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This on one of my very favorite places. You walk down through a vibrant forested area to one of the nicest beaches around. It is a long cove and even has a waterfall. You can also hike on the mountain above. There are both camping and day facilities. There is also a nice restroom down in the camping area. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Excellent park with lovely trails and an incredible beach. Wind protected beach with a flat approach to the water, tide pools, a waterfall, little caves, surfers, a stream, etc. What more could you ask for from the Oregon coast? The trail to the beach was an easy walk and a worthy destination in its own right.

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