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Oswald West State Park

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Address: Cannon Beach, OR 97130
Phone Number: 800-551-6949, 503-368-5154
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Scenic state park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of mostly undeveloped...

Scenic state park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of mostly undeveloped land, which is ideal for a variety of outdoor recreation including surfing, kayaking, bird watching, hiking and camping.

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Favorite Beach!

We love to come here for the beautiful short hike down to Short Sand beach/cove to watch the surfers! There are even a couple caves and a little waterfall at the far end of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
AshleyMT
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Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love to come here for the beautiful short hike down to Short Sand beach/cove to watch the surfers! There are even a couple caves and a little waterfall at the far end of the beach.

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Dallas
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This trail is easy to miss if you are not watching the little, wooden signs along the road. Each trail has a wooden sign that is marked with a name, but you must go slowly enough to read them or you'll miss it. This is a relatively easy hike and a nice one. We were a little under-impressed with the... More 

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Virginia
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310 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You drive through the park on your way south from Cannon Beach but there aren't really any major view points from the road so you will have to walk.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hike was the highlight of our trip! It's a short, easy hike through beautiful forest that opens up to a gorgeous beach with cliffs covered in trees on both sides. There were lots of surfers on the beach which was fun to watch! We hadn't planned ahead enough, but it would be a wonderful place to spend the whole... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were again blessed with good weather for our 6 mile hike from US 101 through a lush green coastal rain forest to the tip of Cape Falcon. Sword ferns, wild black berries, mature spruce, flowers and innumerable other indigenous plants compete for space and sunlight in an idyllic setting that offers breathtaking views of the rocky coastline and beaches... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit, and it was every bit as wonderful as we'd remembered. The walk down to the beach is short enough that you can bring chairs, food, and some good books, without getting worn out - if that's what you want to do. The beach is in a protected cove, which also serves to channel the surf... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the easy walk on the trail that leads down to the big beach with our almost 4 year old and 5 year old. The path goes through beautiful forest and kids loved seeing the big trees along the way. Great scenery and at the end of trail, a big beach opens up. The kids played for a long... More 

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hike through the forest along a small stream to the Pacific Ocean where you climb over driftwood logs and walk on small rocks to the ocean's edge.

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Unfortunately, we weren't able to spend enough time here. There are lots of places to pull off the road and take in the beautiful views. Great for people how like to take pictures. Make sure to go on a sunny day.

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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This viewpoint is located on Hwy 101, just north of Neahkahnie Beach. Has to be one of the most stunning views of Oregon beaches.

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