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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
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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Seattle, Washington
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55 reviews 55 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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50 reviews 50 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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Boise, Idaho
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The kids rented surf gear and we headed to Short Beach aka Oswald State Park. About 10 minutes south of Cannon Beach. Good parking once we arrived, then a super nice walk on an even path down to the cove. We noticed two other trails off the main one which we would have loved to take but alas! this was... More

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Tumwater, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were disappointed with this beach because it is very small and there are way too many people down here on a summer day. If you like surfing or body boarding, this is a great place, I guess. Otherwise, don't waste your time hiking all the way down there to discover the disappointment.

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Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Short Sands Beach is the main attraction here in the park, and you can reach it by parking in the clearly signposted car parks along the road - you can't miss the stop. I drove past on a Saturday at 12pm and all car parks were full, so I went down to Nehalem Bay instead and came back to Short... More

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Oldsmar, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

To visit the beach at this location, you must be able to walk a short distance over a path. It is worth the walk, and the beach is absolutely charming. You will see lots of surfers in their wet suits playing in the waves. Wet suits are necessary as the Ocean is very Cold!

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