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Cape Disappointment State Park

Address: P.O. Box 488, Ilwaco, WA 98624 (Formerly Fort Canby State Park)
Phone Number: 360-642-3078
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Ilwaco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, National Parks, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A scenic state park with hiking trails and cabins for overnight visitors.
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Type: Beaches, National Parks, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A scenic state park with hiking trails and cabins for overnight visitors.

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atlanta, georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We had one day to sight see, before heading back to GA. Originally, we were going to see Columbia River Gorge. But, the day we were suppose to go, the Gorge, was getting ice and bad weather in general. So, we decided to drive a little bit and check out Cape Disappointment. I am so glad it worked out this... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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136 reviews 136 reviews
64 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Great area to explore while visiting Ilwaco. This portion of the coast is pretty neat. Take a couple hours and see what it has to offer. We sure enjoyed our time here.

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Chatsworth
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Over the years of vacations and traveling I have "stumbled" across various paths of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. What a treat to visit the end of their search for the Northwest Passage that President Jefferson hoped and dreamed of. I was amazed at the overwhelming amount of documentation that was produced from this endeavor. The Lewis and Clark Interpretive... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The unique, well engineered design of the 'Wagon Wheel spoke' camp sites, organized into Pods with ocean front access, gives the feeling of privacy uncommon in heavily occupied, loved by campers, parks for all to enjoy. This well managed state park, now featuring 'Serious Pizza' wifi, and friendly little store with rental bikes, is one of our consistently memorable stops... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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85 reviews 85 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A popular destination for many in the area, this State Park offers all the usual expectations as well as several great picnic and fishing and crabbing opportunities. I would also recommend bird watching and beach exploration.

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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Difficult hike but well worth it. The views were amazing and the lighthouse was very rugged but picturesque. Just sad that North Head was closed.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is one of the greatest campgrounds I've every camped at, and I've camped at lots of them. The spaces in the full hook-up and partial hook-up spots are large, level and clean. There is a fire pit and nice picnic table in each space. The rates are quite reasonable for what you get. Some of the oceanside sites have... More 

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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100 reviews 100 reviews
41 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Join Lewis and Clark in being disappointed by this state park. If you, like others, are lead to believe that you will find information about the Lewis and Clark expedition at this park..... you to will be disappointed. If you want to learn about shipwrecks at the mouth of the Columbia river and other such historical events you might still... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Great state park. Sites are roomy and well laid out. Amazing beaches. If you have kids make sure you go to Waikki Beach. Wish we had spent more time there!

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Grandy, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This was my first visit to the pacific ocean and I wasn't disappointed. Coming from the east coast I'm used to flat sand beaches and there are those a little further north in the town of Long Beach. I loved the cliffs and the forest growing down to the dunes. The park is free but you do have to pay... More 

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