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Cape Disappointment State Park

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Address: P.O. Box 488, Ilwaco, WA 98624 (Formerly Fort Canby State Park)
Phone Number: 360-642-3078
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Activities: Hiking
Description: A scenic state park with hiking trails and cabins for overnight visitors.

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Two lighthouses, wooded trails, incredible views

The woodsy-piney smell of the woods, mingled with the scent of sea air. The birds singing in the huge old trees. The spectacular views of the Columbia River Bar, aka The Graveyard... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The woodsy-piney smell of the woods, mingled with the scent of sea air. The birds singing in the huge old trees. The spectacular views of the Columbia River Bar, aka The Graveyard of the Pacific. The historic lighthouses perched high above the water. All adds up to a memorable experience. Just keep in mind that you need a Discover Pass,... More 

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Sumner, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful Campsites I have been to! Steps from the ocean with tons of activity options, there is something for the whole family! We walked to the beach and played in the sand, we hiked up to the lighthouses and visited the Lewis and Clark center and Fort Canby. Astoria is only a 20 minute... More 

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Oregon Coast
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2,215 helpful votes 2,215 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We think Cape Disappointment is a very pretty area. It is free to drive through, since it's a county road. However, except for one free viewpoint, if you want to stop and visit one or both of the lighthouses, or just get out and walk around some, it costs $10 per car. You'll see lots of trees and some great... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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151 reviews 151 reviews
71 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Poorly signed but great trails and interpretive signs...the one to the south is a crazy steep trail...one to the north is easy...surfing on the jetty...and a Lewis and Clark interpretive center which I missed

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

There is so much to see and do around this area if you love the outdoors. We stayed in campsite 9 and it backed up to the ocean. Campsites 8, 14, 18 are all good to reach the beach easily. Be aware of the speed limit within the campground - the rangers are on patrol! Attractions you must visit if... More 

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Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We made reservations in January for April. Good thing because clamming opened up and the place filled up. Incredible scenery, lots of beach to walk on and things to see and do. We will be back!

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Long Beach Peninsula, WA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

As others have mentioned, this state park is the opposite of disappointing. Scenic hiking and biking trails. Two lighthouses. Lewis & Clark expedition saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time from here. Informative Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Wonderful park for RVs and camping, plus they have yurts. Stunning scenery. This is great park for families.

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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We loved the trail - beautifully maintained, very natural with tons of native plants in their natural state, yet the trail was very nice to explore. The lighthouse was fantastic, the views were fantastic - the Lewis & Clark interpretive center (also a part of this park, but you must pay $5 for adult admission) was also fantastic. We learned... More 

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Vail, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
36 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

$10 for a day pass, $5/person to visit the Lewis & Clark Center, $2.50/person for the North Head Lighthouse Tour. The attendant that sold me my day pass was not at all friendly and she wasn't particularly helpful either. I did the walk to North Head Lighthouse and explored some old barracks near the parking lot, which was fun and... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A stunning state park. See Waikiki beach. Enjoy a trip up to the lighthouse and museum. Eat wild berries. Visit dead man's cove. Build a driftwood house or even a raft. But don't stay in the overflow camping area unless you enjoy being so close to other tents that you can hear your neighbors snore. Perhaps a too well loved... More 

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