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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 things to do in Ilwaco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, National Parks, Beaches, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A scenic state park with hiking trails and cabins for overnight visitors.
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Type: State Parks, National Parks, Beaches, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A scenic state park with hiking trails and cabins for overnight visitors.

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Ilwaco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful places in the world.It's right at the mouth of the Columbia River with some nice trails a picturesque beach and you can walk out on the rock jetty and watch the ships and fishing boats come and go.Live music twice a month in the summer and camping sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Park was nice well maintained great view right next to the beach heard the ocean waves all night one of my better stops

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Carnation, Washington
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137 reviews 137 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

If you live in Washington, buying the annual Discovery pass is a no-brainer! I last visited this park in 1986! Not much has changed except my perspective;) The lighthouses are very scenic. A little hiking is required, but the maps are not topographical! There are some pretty steep hills! The view is spectacular as you approach the lighthouse on the... More 

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London, Canada
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154 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We loved Cape Disappointment on "the edge of the continent"- beautiful views of the Pacific and surrounding area, 2 lovely lighthouses, and some great hiking and nature viewing! It's on the Lewis and Clark trail- lots of interesting information on their travels and discoveries! **Be sure to buy the annual Discovery Pass for $30 if you're visiting Washington State, even... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Small jaunts on trails to the lighthouses and plenty of nice scenery. We want to return with our bikes to check out the discovery trail!

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Lakewood, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Another gem of the Pacific Northwest is Cape Disappointment State Park. Our recent visit included a couple of hours at the amazing Interpretive Center, which features not only the maritime history of the mighty Columbia River area, but also the brave men (and women) who made history there. Our younger children found a lot to occupy their attention, the teenager... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We had a wonderful sunny day to get out and hike at Cape Disappointment State Park, a short hike to the lighthouse and visitor center and then through the old forest area. The size of the trees are impressive. The area is very beautiful.

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atlanta, georgia
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62 helpful votes 62 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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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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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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