Oswald West State Park
Oswald West State Park
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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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MstrViolinist
Seattle, WA403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Got there before 9:30am and the parking lot was less than half full. Fully packed when we left around noon. Only a handful of surfers on the beach. Compared to other parks in the area this one is probably less crowded, but there were a lot of people and dogs later in the morning.

I took the trail out to Cape Falcon. Not too difficult, but I've done lots of hikes around Washington. Some muddy spots and narrow parts, but managed about an hour each way (2.3 miles). But the view from Cape Falcon is amazing! Watched seals playing at the pools below with pelicans and other sea birds flying around. Must see spot if it's your first time on the Oregon Coast like me!
Written August 31, 2020
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JasMel99
Cheyenne, WY268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
Definitely one of the highlights of our trip! We did the Short Sands hike from the main parking lot ... it was a fairly easy 1/2 mile through dense forest along the short sands creek with a wide packed down trail. It ends at the Pacific where you can walk another 1/2 mile north on the beach to the Blumenthal Falls (you do have to negotiate a couple of areas of slippery rocks and riverbed rocks). The falls are also visible from the beach at the end of the trail. There are picnic tables as well.

Written March 31, 2021
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Cindy D
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Do not look for a fee station or a place that you drive into...it is a parking lot on both sides of the highway. Blink and you miss it. It also doesn't have a sign that says Oswald West State Park. Confusing
Written July 6, 2021
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EaglesFan27
Reading, PA697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I drove at least 60 miles of the Oregon coast stopping at various points. In my opinion, Oswald Beach was my favorite. Stunning scenery but yet less crowded than Cannon Beach. You do have to walk a bit down to the actual beach, but you're hiking through the rainforest. Take time to stop and enjoy the rocky coast when you get to the end.
Written May 7, 2023
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bcasey1
Plant City, FL1,678 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Nice walks (we didn't do any long hikes) and beauties. Lots of lovely photo ops, waterfalls, moss covered pines, driftwood on the beach. Nice stop along the Oregon Pacific coast highway
Written April 11, 2021
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PattyR2012
Redmond, WA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
If you haven't seen PNW old growth forest before, this is a great introduction. Easy walk down to a spectacular beach area. Wear a mask! It can become crowded. Best to go during the week. There are other trails that we didn't have time to try, but will another time. They don't go to the beach, but apparently have wonderful vistas.
Written July 17, 2020
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Karen W
Atlanta, GA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
From the beautiful walk through old growth forest over to the cove/shore, just a beautiful experience. Well maintained foot paths. A stunning view from multiple vantages in the cove where one large creek and several smaller ones empty into the cove. Great for small children to play in the creek and surf without being pounded by waves. Even a waterfall. Probably the favorite park we visited and we did several. You won't be disappointed.
Written June 22, 2020
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syrahgirl
Seaside, OR57,898 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a gorgeous afternoon at Oswald West State Park a few days ago. We have been enjoying staying at our beach cottage in Seaside this summer and the coastal living is wonderful here!

We hiked down about a mile through lush rainforests and the bridge over the creek back to the scenic cove where my daughter and husband enjoyed surfing. It was a Sunday afternoon and the beach was filled with over 300 people enjoying the park.

This is a great place to spend the day or afternoon. The short walk down to the beach is also very doable for small children. Getting there is half the fun!
Written July 21, 2006
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rg2000
Philadelphia, PA343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
We asked several locals if we should go to Ecola or Oswald for a hike. All of them said Oswald. The hike to Cape Falcon was recommended by a guide at the visitor center in Cannon Beach. We did the 2 1/2 mile hike (each way) and were not disappointed. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. This is not a very strenuous hike and can be completed in 3 hours or less. The trail starts at the Cape Falcon parking lot. This lot is the most northern mlot in Oswald park. It is on the right side of 101 when you are heading south.
Written September 24, 2012
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NilanArts
Livingston, MT2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
I just feel the need to warn others that may be visiting this state park. We stopped there this afternoon 3/26/19 for a hike and to enjoy Smuggler Cove. We parked in the smaller north end lot (not the large one with restrooms). I put my purse in our glovebox, we locked the car, and we went on our hike. When we returned, the window on our rental car had been smashed in, car rummaged through, and my purse stolen from the glove box. 3 other vehicles had also been broken into with windows smashed. It appears (as the state trooper said to all involved) that whoever it was, was sitting and watching....as they knew which cars they wanted to hit, and hit 4 in the middle of the day, with no one watching. This is also why they chose this smaller parking lot. Whoever did this was really only after money (cash and cards) as that was the only thing of value that was missing....all other random things were left in the vehicles. A big pain, as there is very spotty cell coverage in this area. It took quite some time to get law enforcement notified, for them to arrive, and then get to cell service to cancel credit and debit cards. Not to mention dealing with a rental car with a smashed window. So if you’re visiting this area, I highly advise parking in the large lot and not leaving any valuables in your car. I’m kicking myself for not taking my wallet, from my purse, with me on my hike. It is a gorgeous area....however our vacation has been spoiled due to these creeps.
Written March 27, 2019
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