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Cape Disappointment State Park

P.O. Box 488, Ilwaco, WA 98624 (Formerly Fort Canby State Park)
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Ilwaco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, National Parks, Beaches
Activities: Hiking
Description: A scenic state park with hiking trails and cabins for overnight visitors.
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Vancouver, Washington
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

It was great history, great seascapes and fresh air. Views of the ocean on both sides of the spit. easy hike, a little hilly but not too bad.

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Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

My mother and I visited the park (just the lighthouses - not the cmapground) this week... twice. The first visit it was a foggy damp day so we returned a few days later. This is a fun outing with gorgeous views of the ocean and Columbia River. The trail to CD lighthouse is not very good if you depend on... More

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Our family enjoyed seeing the lighthouses and views. We parked at the Lewis And Clark Interpretive Center and took path up. It is a little steep, but paved. You can tour the fort and see the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse here. It was $10 parking for the whole park for day. We didn't take the tour through interpretive center due to... More

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Seattle, WA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We love the campground here and come back year after year!! Be sure to bring your bikes with you! Great beach to hang out on during the day with an amazing view of the lighthouse. You can visit two lighthouses within the park, lots of trails to walk, bunkers to explore and just enjoy. We have seen lots of wildlife... More

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Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

In October of 2013, My Wife Leilani, Myself and My Daughter Lauren chose the Pacific Northwest area of Seattle's Puget Sound and the Olympia Pennuslia for our 16 day vacation, it was SENSATIONAL! We did a loop from Seattle to Vancouver BC to Whidbey Island to Pt. Angeles and Victoria and Hurrican Ridge, then to the Western tip of Neah... More

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Fox Island, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just got back from a 24-member family reunion at Cape Disappointment in which some of us stayed in yurts, and others camped in tents. The campground is pet-friendly, and very close to the beach. I found the beds in the yurts to be average in comfort, and I didn't need an air mattress. Bring your own sheets, blankets, pillows as... More

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Apopka, Florida
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283 reviews 283 reviews
175 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is a nice day park but not all that large. There is a super view of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse from the jetty road. Don't miss that.

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We visited the North Head and Cape Disappointment Lighthouses. Unfortunately, RVs are, at this point, not allowed in the parking lots for either lighthouse. We had to stop at the campground to ask where we could drop our camp trailer, and they kindly accommodated us with a free day pass to park at Waikiki Beach day use area. A short... More

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Long Beach, Washington
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Although the park is gorgeous I will avoid it like a plague due to the very psychotic Assistant manager park ranger Thomas Benenati. His disgusting behavior towards two older women patrons and assault of them in broad day light was beyond unnerving, I feel so incredibly sorry for those ladies they must have been terrified of his violent behavior. I... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I paid 10 USD when parking the car. To get into the interpretive center it was another 5 per person... what was the 10 for then? Nice trail to the lighthouse, half on tarmac, no benches provided. Nice view. 15 USD for 30 minutes... I paid 1 for 7 days Mt. Rainier... I don't think its worth the money.

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